British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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Training Opportunities & Courses.

This section provides details and links to formal and informal courses in the UK


Commissioning Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                6 December 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       6 December 2018
   CPD
   £216
This course is designed for non-archaeologists who need to work with archaeology within the design and construction process, including architects, surveyors, engineers and other design professionals, planners, and project managers and developers.
The course will look at the place of archaeology in the planning system, how archaeological costs can be controlled, how to get benefit from archaeological work, and some of the pitfalls to be avoided.
Course Director: Stephen Bond, heritage consultant and director of Heritage Places consultancy and joint author of Managing Built Heritage – the role of cultural values and significance (2nd edn 2016)
 

Public Inquiry Workshop

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                28-30 November 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       28-30 November 2018
   CPD
   £495.50
This course is a practical workshop carefully designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called upon to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment.
It will present the terms of procedure, the roles of the participants and the general feel of a Public Inquiry. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study. Training for potential witnesses will be given in how to prepare evidence for a Public Inquiry, how to produce proofs of evidence, and to experience them being given and tested under realistic conditions.
 
Before the course you will receive a study pack including a guide to the preparation of evidence. You will be allocated a role to play in the Inquiry and asked to prepare a proof of evidence to fit this role.
Active participation in the course will be limited to 14 participants. There will be a limited number of places available for observers who do not wish to play an active part.
 
Course Directors: Roger M Thomas, Barrister and Archaeologist; George Lambrick, Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant
Planning Inspector:  Richard Tamplin
Advocates: David Woolley QC and Allan Ledden, Solicitor
 

Archaeological Writing for Publication

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                15 November 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       15 November 2018
   CPD
   £216

Writing a good and publishable report is a key skill for archaeologists, but one that can be particularly challenging and hard to learn. This course will introduce the standard types of published reports currently produced by archaeologists, and how the scope and content of a report is planned. The course will then focus on two key components, the stratigraphic narrative and the discussion, and the most effective and successful ways of approaching the planning, writing and illustration of these. This will include a critical review of a number of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements that apply to writing in a professional and academic context. The course is designed for all who need to develop skills and confidence in archaeological report writing. The course will involve some preparatory reading before the training day.

Course Director: Elizabeth Popescu, Post-Excavation and Publications Manager, Oxford Archaeology East


Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                30 Oct0ber 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       30 Oct0ber 2018
   CPD
   £216

This course informs participants about the role of desk-based assessments in managing the cultural heritage resource and provides a practical guide to their production. It will also include guidance on the use of desk-based assessments to fulfil the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The course will be of interest to all those who are currently (or hope to be) involved in the commissioning or production of desk-based assessments. It is targeted towards new entrants to the profession and those who would like to develop skills in this area.

Course Directors: Dr Jill Hind (formerly Senior Project Mgr Oxford Archaeology) and Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist for Wiltshire


Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                24 October 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       24 October 2018
   CPD
   £216
Archaeological practice over recent years has led to an increasing divergence between those who excavate sites and those who study the artefacts and ecofacts recovered from them. As a result, field archaeologists and those who study artefacts and ecofacts often work in isolation from each other, leading both to the unnecessary collection of material with little information value, and to missed opportunities to recover material of considerable interest.
This course will provide you with expert guidance on how key artefacts and ecofacts can contribute to the interpretation of archaeological sites, and good practice in sampling and collection. The course is designed for supervisors, project officers and junior managers with responsibility for the day to day running of archaeological excavations, and those starting out in specialist artefact and ecofact roles.
Course Director: Anne Dodd, Strategy Delivery Officer and former Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology
Tutors: Edward Biddulph (Oxford Archaeology), Kevin Hayward (PCA), Rebecca Nicholson (Oxford Archaeology), Kevin Rielly (PCA)
 

Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                4 October 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       4 October 2018
   CPD
   £216

PX Assessment has been a key stage in archaeological project management for 25 years, so why do we still find it so difficult to get it right? This course will introduce recent guidance, and review the essential components of assessment and updated project design. In the afternoon we will review examples from current practice and consider how far they meet their purpose and justify funding decisions. The course is designed for those in supervisory, junior management or specialist roles who will be compiling and contributing to px assessments, and those in consultancy and curatorial roles who commission and evaluate them.

Course Director: Leo Webley, Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology South

Tutors: Edward Biddulph, Senior Project Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology South; Sarah Wyles, Senior Environmental Officer, Cotswold Archaeology


Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                26-28 September 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       26-28 September 2018
   CPD
   £458
Significance is now a core concept within our planning process.  Its assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment.  This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used.  At the end, you should be convinced about the value of significance as a planning and management tool!
The course will be open to all, but will be of particular interest to heritage asset managers and advisers, planners, historic environment professionals and architects, surveyors and others who do not specialise in heritage but may need to understand heritage assessments and their value in guiding change
Course Director: Stephen Bond, Director of Heritage Places and joint author of Managing Built Heritage
Course Co-Director: Henry Russell, Course Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University
 

Photographing Historic Buildings

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                19-20 September 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       19-20 September 2018
   CPD
   $405
Digital cameras have greatly changed the way we record our architectural history, simplifying the process and reducing the cost of image capture, thereby encouraging a scatter-gun method of photography. This course will look at ways of taking a more considered approach to the use of our cameras and what we seek to capture.
The course is aimed at those who are not professional photographers but wish to photograph historic buildings for the record using a digital camera. By the end of the course students will be expected to know how to choose the right viewpoint, the right lighting conditions, correctly set up their own cameras to capture suitable images and how to post-produce images in software so that they will create images ready for the archive.
Course Director: Steve Cole, architectural photographer and author of Photographing Historic Buildings with a Digital Camera (Historic England, 2017)
Tutor: Derek Kendall, architectural and fine art photographer
 

Churches: History, Significance and Use

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                5-6 July 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       5-6 July 2018
   CPD
   £376.50

This course provides a firm foundation of the history of church architecture and furnishings, and provides the skills to draft statements of significance. This will enable participants to analyse and evaluate proposals for change. The course is aimed particularly at those who are actively involved in the management of church buildings.

Course Director: Henry Russell, Reading University, Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee and member of the Church of England Buildings Council


Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                8 June 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       8 June 2018
   CPD
   £216

The public value of the historic environment is recognised in planning policy across the UK, but how do the public benefit from our work? This course looks at how we can plan projects to deliver public benefit consistently, how to communicate that benefit effectively, and how to evaluate the impact of our work. It is designed for all those responsible for commissioning, specifying and/or delivering programmes of work in our sector that aim to deliver public benefit.

Course Director: Kate Geary, Head of Professional Development and Practice, CIfA

Tutors: Taryn Nixon, independent archaeologist and heritage adviser, formerly Chief Executive of MoLa (1997-2017); Rob Lennox, CIfA, whose PhD research looked at heritage and politics in the public value era


Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                17 May 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       17 May 2018
   CPD
   £216
Project management has become a core function for those working at senior levels within the historic environment sector, but many historic environment professionals still progress into management roles with little or no formal management training. This course is designed for those who are new to the role and will draw on the extensive experience of the tutors in development-led archaeology. While some familiarity with development-led archaeology will be beneficial, the course will be relevant to those taking on project management roles generally within the historic environment sector. The course does not cover Health and Safety management.
Course Director: Nick Shepherd, independent heritage consultant and CEO of FAME
Speakers: Ben Ford, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology; Anne Dodd, Strategy Delivery Officer and former Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology
 

The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                9-10 May 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       9-10 May 2018
   CPD
   £376.50
The setting of buildings, monuments and historic areas is fundamental to how people appreciate their cultural value and significance.  But it is a complex and contentious issue for decision-makers.  In the context of official guidance and wide-ranging experience of practical casework, this course explains why the setting of historic places matters, and the principles and practical skills of sound assessment and decision-making.
Course Director: George Lambrick, with Stephen Carter (Headland Archaeology), Ian Houlston (LDA Design), Richard Morrice (Historic England), Julian Munby (Oxford Archaeology), Michael Pirie (Green College), Ken Smith (formerly Peak District National Park), Karin Taylor (National Trust) and David Woolley QC (formerly Landmark Chambers)
 

Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                4 May 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       4 May 2018
   CPD
   £216

The course is designed for those who are familiar with the processes of excavation and stratigraphic recording, and are looking to develop their skills in the post-excavation stages of analysis, dating, interpretation and description. The course will comprise a combination of presentations to explain theory and approaches, and practical sessions providing opportunities for participants to work with real data.

Course Director: Victoria Ridgeway, editor and manager of Pre-Construct Archaeology’s monograph series

Tutor: Rebecca Haslam, Senior Archaeologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology


Advanced Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                19 April 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       19 April 2018
   CPD
   £216

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed by the course on Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings and offers advanced additional guidance on a number of specialised topics such as non-destructive investigations, energy efficiency, mechanical and electrical services and wall paintings.

Course Director: Henry Russell, Reading University

Students attending both Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings and Advanced Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings are eligible for a discount if they book and pay for both courses together.


Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                16-18 April 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       16-18 April 2018
   CPD
   £458
Condition surveys of historic buildings require an understanding of architectural and construction history, as well as the ability to analyse and prioritise defects. This course aims to give participants an understanding of traditional construction and its defects and to provide the skills to carry out balanced and informed surveys of historic buildings.  
Course Director: Henry Russell, Reading University

Students attending both Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings and Advanced Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings are eligible for a discount if they book and pay for both courses together.


Starting in Post-Excavation

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                11 April 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       11 April 2018
   CPD
   £216
This course will introduce participants to what post-excavation is and why we do it, and to the process that takes us from the site record to a completed report. The focus of the course will be on report types that are common in professional practice and generated by development-led fieldwork (including evaluations, watching briefs and small scale excavations with limited results). It will be ideal for archaeologists in, or moving into, supervisory roles that involve the preparation of reports.
 
Course Directors:
Alistair Douglas, Assistant Project Manager, Pre-Construct Archaeology
Jon Hart, Senior Publications Officer, Cotswold Archaeology
 

Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education                19-21 March 2018
   Rewley House, Oxford       19-21 March 2018
   CPD
   £450
This course is aimed at researchers using radiocarbon and other techniques, including Quaternary geologists, palaeobiologists, archaeologists and marine geoscientists. The first two days of the course will cover key aspects of radiocarbon dating including sample selection, laboratory processes and Bayesian analyses of radiocarbon dates. The third day of the course will expand on this to look at the construction of Bayesian chronologies more generally, including those that rely primarily on other dating techniques.  In this third day there will be a focus on using chronologies for environmental records.
Course Director: Professor Christopher Ramsey, Author of OxCal, with members of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility based at both Oxford and East Kilbride.
 

Law and the Historic Environment

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thursday 8 March 2018
   Rewley House, Oxford       Thursday 8 March 2018
   CPD
   £216
Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety law will not be covered in this course.
Course Directors: Nigel Hewitson, Solicitor and partner, BrookStreet des Roches LLP, and Roger M Thomas, Historic England. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006
Speakers: Robin Barnes, Planning Solicitor, BrookStreet des Roches LLP, Dr Louise Loe, Head of Heritage Burials, Oxford Archaeology; Caroline May, environmental partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
 

Advanced Introduction to Archaeological Excavation

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 4th August 2018
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       Saturday 4th August 2018
   Field School
   £40/£35

Suitable for anyone who has taken one of the SSA one day Introduction to Archaeology courses or a similar course, and would like to take the next steps in learning about archaeological excavation. 

Join Dr Caroline Russell for a day of practical archaeology incorporating further excavation techniques, context recording, drawing and planning, and site photography. 10am-4pm

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
 

Introduction to Archaeological Excavation

The Sussex School of Archaeology                2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 4 dates)
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 4 dates)
   Field School
   £40/£35

Suitable for beginners who would like to discover what archaeologists do!

This one day taster course will give you an insight into archaeological excavation techniques.  You will learn about Plumpton Roman villa, while getting to grips with the all-important archaeological trowel and keeping your eyes out for artefacts and features.  Choose from one of four available dates. 10am-4pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.


Advanced Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                6th - 11th August 2018
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       6th - 11th August 2018
   Field School
   £280/£265

Suitable for those who have completed the Sussex School of Archaeology Excavation Techniques Course and would like to take their archaeological practice a little further. 

This six day advanced course covers: research aims and methodologies, surveying including use of the Total Station, practical excavation, context and finds recording, planning and section drawing at the villa and wall elevation drawing at Plumpton Church, photography, and environmental archaeology.  One course available.  10am-5pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.


Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 5 weeks)
   Plumpton       2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 5 weeks)
   Field School
   £200/£190

Suitable for beginners or those with minimal experience looking for a new hobby or career. 

Join Dr David Rudling and our team of professional archaeologists on this five day archaeological training course (Monday – Friday) to learn about practical archaeology: site discovery and non-excavation survey methods, site surveying, excavation techniques, artefacts, archaeological recording, archaeological drawing, basic environmental sampling and archaeological photography.  Choose from one of five available courses. 10am-5pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
 

Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                11th and 12th October
   Swindon       11th and 12th October
   2 day CIFA accredited course
   £500
If you want to get the best out of the Environment Agency point cloud data, or even commission your own survey, this 2-day course covers every step from point cloud to 3D visualisation. Taught through a mixture of presentations, practical guidance and hands on sessions, our Advanced Lidar course is aimed at those who want to improve their understanding of how the data can be captured, processed and shared with clients.

Visit our website for more information and to book your place! www.pushingthesensors.com/training


Lidar at the Desk and in the Field

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                17th & 18th May
   Swindon       17th & 18th May
   2 day CIFA accredited course
   £250
Returning by popular demand, this course combines our Making the Most of Lidar with a day in the the field. We will explore a landscape within 1hr of Swindon and make field observations of a range of features identified in the lidar data processed on day one. This exercise in taking observations from desk to field greatly enhances the interpretation of the data, leading to improved understanding of what can (and cannot) be identified using lidar. In this great format there will be lots of opportunity to discuss ideas and issues faced when combining remote data and field observations.
 

Visit our website for more information and to book your place! www.pushingthesensors.com/training


Introduction to QGIS for Desked Based Research

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                16th March 2018
   Swindon       16th March 2018
   1 day CIFA accredited course
   £150

If everything happens somewhere then geographical information systems (GIS) have to be one of the best tools available historic environment professionals. We believe that learning by doing is best so our training is focussed on practical exercises to get you off to a flying start using QGIS for work or research. Run by historic environment professionals with over a decade of experience in a variety of GIS applications, this course covers the essential concepts needed to understand and use QGIS.

Visit our website for more information and to book your place! www.pushingthesensors.com/training


Using Aerial Imagery for Desk Based Research

Air Photo Services with PTS Consultancy                23rd February 2018
   Swindon       23rd February 2018
   1 day CIFA accredited course
   £150
Integrate aerial photos into your analysis of the historic environment with confidence and style! Our practical one-day course will help you to enjoy, access and use aerial imagery during the initial assessment for Desk Based Research, bringing informed interpretation and efficient use of time to your heritage assessment work. Fully CIfA accredited, the "Air Photos for Desk Based Research" day course is run by experienced interpreters at Air Photo Services to help you effectively integrate aerial imagery into your assessment processes.

Visit our website for more information and to book your place! www.pushingthesensors.com/training

Archaeological Illustration: Pottery Study Day

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 27th January 2018
   Rottingdean Whiteway Centre       Saturday 27th January 2018
   Post Excavation
   £25
ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE & SUSSEX SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION:  POTTERY
STUDY DAY
Saturday 27th January 2018, 10am-4pm.
Tutor: Jane Russell B.A., M.A. (former Senior Illustrator at Archaeology South-East)
The day will cover basic pottery drawing in pencil, using traditional archaeological conventions.  These drawings can be used for later inking up by pen or drawing through a computer programme (neither inking up nor computer programmes are covered in the course).   The day will start with an introductory tutorial, followed by students experimenting with their own drawings. We will draw whole and decorated pots, and sherds.   The course is suitable for all abilities, whether beginners or those with some experience who wish to brush up on their skills.
Equipment for the course
Please do not buy any expensive drawing equipment as the tutor will provide the basic drawing equipment, but if you do have any of the following please bring them along:
A3 Drawing board with metric graph paper on it    
2H pencils, rubber, ruler, callipers, dividers, masking tape
Cheap A4 copy paper to draw on                                                                                                                   
Any pottery that you wish to draw that is no larger than an A4 sheet
Refreshments and Lunch
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided through the day.  You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch or to obtain lunch at one of the many nearby village pubs or cafes.
Venue: Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, BN2 7HB
Fee: £25. To book please email MikeGregory@rwc.org.uk  OR  phone 07913 753 493.
www.rwc.org.uk; www.sussexarchaeology.org 

 

Archaeological Excavation and Recording

Achill Archaeological Field School                21 May - 7 September 2018
   Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland       21 May - 7 September 2018
   Field School
   €695 to €4, 500
We plan to run two projects in 2018:

1. Keem Bay - May & June 2018
The village of Keem was in existence from the mid eighteenth century and possibly earlier.  The village met its tragic demise during the great Irish famine (1845-52).   Three dwellings have been excavated at Keem. This on-going research provides an unparalleled glimpse  into everyday life in preFamine Ireland, and offers a significant challenge to popular perceptions of the period. In 2018 we will excavate a house that we argue lies in the oldest part of the village.

2. Caraun Point - July & August
We will begin an exciting new excavation at Caraun Point, a sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.  The site is well known for its archeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a childrens' burial ground, shell middens and several stone buildings of unknown date eroding out of the sand dunes.

Contact: info@achill-fieldschool.com 

The Newport Ship: Excavation, Recording and Conservation

Nautical Archaeology Society                23-24 September 2017
   Medieval Ship Centre, Newport, NP19 4SP       23-24 September 2017
   Excavation, Recording and Conservation
   £150.10 (discount for NAS members)
Looking for some interesting and useful CPD?
Come to the Nautical Archaeology Society's weekend course at the Newport Ship and learn about - 
- laser scanning and contact digitising with FARO equipment
- specialist analysis of artefacts and environmental evidence
- Cleaning and wet & dry storage
- Handling and moving timbers
- CAD modelling
- Archiving
Only a few places available so book online now!

First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 24th March 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 24th March 2018
   Introductory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
Whether you are considering archaeology as a future career, or just wanting to try a new hobby, this is the place to start! Anyone can get involved in archaeology and this day school provides the perfect introduction to the subject. After examining what archaeology is, the course will go on to cover a wide range of topics, including time periods and how we date things, sources and types of evidence, archaeological methods and practices, and the different types of archaeology. Guidance will be provided on how to take your interest further, either through additional training, higher education or as a volunteer. No previous experience or knowledge is required. Students will get the chance to handle a range of artefacts during the day.

Who do we think we are? The archaeology of migration, nationality and ethnicity

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 10th March 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 10th March 2017
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)

Modern humans first ventured out of Africa around 100,000 years ago, into a world already populated by earlier species such as Neanderthals. Since that time, the human race has divided and defined itself along lines of race, culture, religion, language or nation. Tribalism seems to be deeply embedded in the human psyche. The concept of ethnicity has developed to define distinct groups that share a common culture, religion, language or national identity, whilst the migration of groups, in the past and the present, is often a source of conflict, but also of rapid and dynamic change, for better or for worse.

Migration and identity have often been a focus of interest for archaeologists and historians, not always with positive results. And with the widespread popularity of inexpensive DNA testing, growing numbers of people are now being provided with data that aims to provide a detailed break-down of their own genetic history.

With such topics remaining as contentious as ever, this course explores and discusses these issues from an archaeological perspective, with a focus on what archaeological evidence can contribute to our understanding of human ethnic identity and migration. Topics covered include: the migration of modern humans out of Africa; evidence for migration in the archaeological record; the cultural impact of migration; migration as an explanation for change; evidence from ancient DNA; interpreting modern DNA sampling; ethnicity as an aspect of human identity. Whether you consider yourself a Citizen of the World or a confirmed Brexiteer, come along and join a lively discussion about who you, and we, really are.


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
   CPD/Training
   £180 (£175 Friends of CAT)

The study of plant and animal remains from archaeological deposits can provide many insights into the lifestyle and diet of past human societies, their use of local land and resources, and ancient environments. The first part of this three-day course will focus on the types of remains that can be preserved on archaeological sites and how they are recovered. Instruction will be given in the taking and processing of environmental samples, followed by a session sorting dried sample residues that will introduce some of the more commonly recovered remains.

The second and third days will provide more detail on the study of bones of fish, bird and mammals, invertebrates and charred plant remains, mainly using examples from CAT sites. This will include hands-on sessions with a variety of remains. The course will conclude with examples of how combining information from various sources can be used to visualise ancient environments.

DAY 1

During the day participants will find out:

  • what environmental archaeology is;
  • how animal and plant remains preserved on archaeological sites can provide insights into ancient environments and human lifestyle;
  • how the type of sediment in which remains are buried influences what may be preserved;
  • what remains are likely to be found in particular features and deposits;
  • why, where, and how to take samples.

PRACTICAL SESSIONS
Bulk sample processing and sorting dried sample residues to extract biological remains and artefacts.

DAY 2

  • Investigating what vertebrate remains can tell you about the past, including examples from CAT sites.
  • Insect remains.

PRACTICAL SESSIONS
With vertebrate and insect remains.

DAY 3

  • Investigating charred plant remains.
  • Use of indicator groups.
  • Multi-proxy studies to visualise ancient environments.

PRACTICAL SESSION
With charred plant remains.


Understanding and recording stratigraphy

Canterbury Archaeological Trust`                Saturday 24th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 24th February 2018
   CPD
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
An understanding of stratigraphy and the concept of ‘context’ is essential to anyone undertaking archaeological excavation. This course will provide clear instruction on both the theory of stratigraphy and practical ways in which it can be effectively recognised, recorded and interpreted. Practical exercises will lead students through such tasks as completing a context sheet, drawing plans and sections, completing stratigraphic matrices and using site records to create sets, groups and phases.

Medieval and Tudor Canterbury

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 17th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 17th February 2018
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
Drawing on work previously undertaken by the Trust and documentary sources, this one-day course will provide students with the opportunity to explore Canterbury’s development from the Black Death (c.1350) to the Reformation (c.1550). This period witnessed a resurgence of pilgrimage and its dramatic ending, the building of great inns and the introduction of such features as chimneys, and considerable changes to the lives of ordinary townsfolk at work, at play and in their religious worship. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will learn about the city, its citizens and their communities of ward and parish, as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of primary sources.

The Archaeology of Death

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018
   CPD (2 days)
   £80 (£75 Friends of CAT)
This two-day course will provide an introduction to the excavation, recording, analysis and interpretation of funerary remains. Students will be instructed in the handling and care of human skeletal material by an osteologist. The course will also explore the place of cemeteries and monuments in the wider landscape and the study of funerary assemblages as a whole, including graves, grave structures and fittings, grave goods and evidence associated with cremations. Emphasis will be placed on how to view all these elements as the visible remains of funeral ceremonies and on how we can seek to reconstruct those ceremonies as fully as possible.

Archaeological Report Writing

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 20th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 20th January 2018
   CPD
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
This course will provide a step-by-step guide to the preparation and writing of archaeological reports, covering the key information that should be included. Students will be introduced to the different levels of archaeological reports, from reports of negative results, through interim, assessment, analysis and publication reports. The course will also explore the different options for publication and dissemination, including ‘grey literature’, online, journal articles and monographs. Templates for different types of reports will be provided, along with examples of short reports.



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