What's On

Browse our calendar to find something to spark your imagination.

Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Civilisation Before Civilisation – Where did it all begin? – Part 2 – GI 21 128 (Face to Face)

back to full listing

10 January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, repeating until 21 March 2022

Tutor: Rita Jones BA(Hons) DPhil

Go to all Courses


Date: 10 January 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Length of Course:
10 Weeks
No Session On:
14 February
£116.00 – £140.00
Reference Code:
GI 21 128
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Our debate on the rise of civilisation revolves around some of the main players in the history of civilisation and looks at the characters who shaped this process. Can we reconstruct this rise from bones and art left behind? Genetics and DNA now play an important role. What explains our unique brains and did ancient people have social lives like ours, talking and cooperating; did Neanderthal speak and when did humans start creating art?


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available
or call

01483 562142

Office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm

About the Speaker

Rita Jones


Rita is a graduate of UCL, Department of Archaeology and currently lectures for The Guildford Institute and the WEA. She focuses predominantly on early classical civilisations, the origins of early man and the first urban settlements in Catal Hoyuk and Jerricho.  Her subject areas are Ancient Mesopotamia (Iran and Iraq), The Holy Land, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt, Empires before Alexander, The Ancient Persian Empire, The Etruscans and Greatest Cities and Sites of the Ancient World. The Origins of Civilisation and the fascinating Bronze Age world of the Mycenaeans in Greece and the Minoans in Crete is a particularly fascinating period to study. Over the many years Rita has been lecturing, she has taken students and visited most of the sites covered in her lectures.  All these sites are studied archaeologically and their Classical history is discussed in detail.

Rita lives in Molesey with her two rescued cats and small rescued dog called Digby. She has a son in Wales and a daughter who lives in the States which she visits regularly. Rita also has six grandchildren and two very young great-grandchildren.


V Café at The Guildford Institute provides a friendly catering service using high quality, fresh, vegetarian and vegan ingredients.

Gift Memberships

The perfect way to give a treat to someone special who takes real pleasure in learning new things and taking part in great activities.

Join the Guildford Institute

Join 500 local people and become a Member of The Guildford Institute. Membership saves you money and is extremely affordable. Enjoy benefits including discounts on courses, events and in the restaurant, alongside exclusive borrowing rights in our Library and access to member-only events.