British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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


Burial Ground and Memorial Recording

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                06-08-2019 and 13-08-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       06-08-2019 and 13-08-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the archaeological survey and recording of burial grounds and memorials.  This includes initial research and planning, mapping, offset planning, recording, and archiving and disseminating the results.
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • A powerpoint presentation on archaeological recording of burial grounds and  memorials, which is also provided as a handout
  • Discussion on the benefits of caring for and recording burial grounds
  • Classroom practice at ‘planning using offsets’
  • A brief talk-through of the historic and archaeological background of the burial ground under investigation, which is also provided as a handout
  • Practical activity on burial ground recording
  • Practical activities on memorial recording
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to clarify any of the topics covered and  discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should:
  • Have a clear understanding of the resources available for help and advice relating to the care of burial grounds
  • Know the basics of how to find and compile documentary sources, including historic environment records
  • Be able to use memorial recording proformas with the aid of guidance notes
  • Be able to recall common memorial types, symbols, materials, and welsh translations
  • Know how to take a rubbing of a memorial inscription/decoration
  • Have had practice at surveying a burial ground using the ‘offset planning’ method
  • Know how to archive and disseminate the material gathered
Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Archaeological Test Pits

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                09-07-2019 and 16-07-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       09-07-2019 and 16-07-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to empower individuals and groups to carry out their own archaeological test-pit excavations, by providing them with appropriate background knowledge, resources and practical training.
 
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • A powerpoint presentation on the basics of archaeology and test pitting
  • A talk on the archaeological and historical background of the site
  • An booklet-based learning session on archaeological test-pit methodology and recording
  • Question and answer sessions at each stage
  • A practical activity - archaeological test-pit excavation and recording
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should:
  • Be able to describe what archaeology is, what archaeological test pitting is, and the purpose of archaeological test pits
  • Have a clear understanding of the steps that need to be taken before any archaeological fieldwork can commence, including how to find out the archaeological and historical background of a particular site
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of three methods of scientific sampling
  • Have practical experience of digging a test pit and recording their findings
  • Know what to do should archaeological finds, including treasure and human remains, be encountered
Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Taking Levels and Using Survey Equipment in Archaeology

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                18-06-2019 and 25-06-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       18-06-2019 and 25-06-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to impart to the learner with the theoretical knowledge and practical skill to confidently undertake the recording of levels using a dumpy level, and the recording and transfer of position data using a Total Station. 
 
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • Powerpoint presentations and talks covering the course content
  • Paper handouts covering the course content
  • A practical activity on measuring out a site grid and reading and giving coordinates
  • A worksheet on Ordnance Survey grid references
  • Practical training in the set up and use of a Dumpy Level to record levels
  • Practical training in the set up and use of a Total Station to survey a site
  • A demonstration on transferring data from a Total Station to relevant software and creating a 3-D model and illustrations
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should: 
  • Appreciate the concept of national grid systems
  • Be able to describe position on site in terms of coordinates on a site grid
  • Understand Ordnance Survey grid references and datums
  • Know how to set up a dumpy level and measure and record levels accurately
  • Have gained experience in the set up and use of a Total Station for archaeological site survey
Know the general routines for transferring and manipulating data recorded on a Total Station

Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Archaeological Site Drawing

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                14-05-2019 and 21-05-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       14-05-2019 and 21-05-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to impart to the learner with the theoretical knowledge and practical skill to confidently undertake the recording of archaeological features by drawing them and accurately locating them on a site grid and the British Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference system .
 
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • A Powerpoint presentation and talk covering the course material
  • Paper handouts covering the course material
  • A practical activity on measuring out a site grid and reading and giving coordinates
  • Practice at using and reading measuring tapes
  • A practical activity on OS map coordinates
  • Drawing practice with the aid of a grid an rulers
  • A symbol-meaning matching worksheet
  • Practice at filling out simple forms
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should: 
  • Appreciate the concept of national grid systems
  • Be able to create a baseline and site grid using measuring tapes
  • Appreciate the importance of clear and accurate drawings to the archaeological record
  • Have a clear understanding of drawing conventions
  • Know how to plan by offsets, plan using a planning frame, and make section drawings
  • Be able to record the locations of drawings within a site grid
Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Introduction to QGIS for Desk Based Assessments

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                28th June 2019
   Swindon       28th June 2019
   1 day CIFA approved CPD Course (GIS and data management)
   £150 (including lunch and refreshments)

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 QGIS3 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, including:

  • Setting up your GIS project
  • Sourcing and importing different types of data
  • Georeferencing images
  • Digitising features to a shapefile
  • Styles and labelling
  • Creating maps for publication

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


QGIS for Archaeology

The Loose Goat                12th June 2019
   University of Surrey, Guildford.       12th June 2019
   GIS (QGIS)
   £250

QGIS for Archaeology takes a look at how Archaeological data can be used within GIS. Not just to produce a 'nice map' but to further ask questions of a site and drive a research agenda. We will explore its use for Desk Based Assesments, Pre and Post Excavation work and Research work.

  • Georeferencing
  • LiDAR processing
  • Research and Reports
  • Site analysis Pre and Post Excavation

Archaeological Survey using Airborne Lidar

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thursday 5 December 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thursday 5 December 2019
   cpd
   £230
Archaeological survey using airborne lidar is a technique that has been added to the toolbox of the archaeological surveyor, and when used in the appropriate circumstances it can reveal archaeological remains in exceptional detail. This course informs historic environment professionals of the potential and practical use of lidar data and lidar-derived imagery for research and heritage management.

The course is designed for a professional audience, particularly those who are currently involved in research, fieldwork and the planning process and who are aware of lidar, but have little or no practical experience with its use.

Course Director: Simon Crutchley, Remote Sensing Development Manager, Historic Places Investigation South and West, Historic England

Public Inquiry Workshop

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 27-Fri 29 November 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 27-Fri 29 November 2019
   cpd
   £496
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
 

Archaeological Writing for Publication

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thur 31 October 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thur 31 October 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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                Thur 10 October 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thur 10 October 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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


Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 25-Fri 27 September 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 25-Fri 27 September 2019
   cpd
   £460
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
 

Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 18 September 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 18 September 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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


Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 3-Thur 4 July 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 3-Thur 4 July 2019
   cpd
   £377
An increasing number of historic gardens and landscapes are opening their doors to the paying public. Owners and managers, reliant on tourist income, are seeking to widen their visitor base. Such development can sometimes be at odds with the conservation needs of historic sites, and this course will provide the tools for balancing the needs of developing tourist attractions with conservation and care. This course is for trustees, volunteers and staff responsible for managing or working in a historic garden or designed landscape.
Course Director: John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscape at the English Heritage Trust
 

Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Monday 24 June 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Monday 24 June 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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


The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 8-Thur 9 May 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 8-Thur 9 May 2019
   cpd
   £377
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                Thursday 2 May 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thursday 2 May 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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


Learn QGIS in a Day : Beyond the Basics

The Loose Goat                22nd May 2019
   Guildford, Surrey       22nd May 2019
   GIS
   £250

This course is for those who have either attended our training session QGIS in a Day : Basics or have a good grounding in QGIS. During this training session you will go beyond the basics, looking at..

  • PostGIS and SQL
  • GeoPackages
  • Attribute Tables and Forms
  • Advanced Styling
  • Print Layout, Atlas and Reports
  • Basic Processing Models
  • 3D mapping

Learn QGIS in a Day : Basics

The Loose Goat                21st May 2019
   Guildford, Surrey       21st May 2019
   GIS
   £250

This course teaches you how to get started with QGIS in a day. During the day you will learn the fundamental elements of QGIS using a range of Open-Data and Samples of premium data from Ordnance Survey.

  • Loading Vectors, Rasters and Web Services
  • Introduction to Vector and Raster processing tools
  • Creating and Editing data
  • Styling and Rendering Data
  • Printing Maps
  • Explore other Foss GeoSpatial software

Advanced Lidar

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                10th-11th October 2019
   Swindon       10th-11th October 2019
   2 day CIFA accredited CPD Course (GIS and data management)
   £500 (including refreshments, lunches and dinner on the 10th)

If you want to get the best out of the recent release of the Environment Agency point cloud data, 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 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                9th and 10th May 2019
   Swindon       9th and 10th May 2019
   2 day CIFA accredited CPD Course (GIS and data management)
   £250 (including lunch and refreshments)

This course complements the Making the Most of Lidar course presentations and practicals on day one with the option to spend day  two out on site, putting your new-found lidar interpretation skills into practice!

On day 1 you'll learn all about lidar through a series of presentations, practical guidance and hands on sessions this course will explore how to access, prepare, and manipulate digital lidar data. We’ll be covering current best practise for visualising the data as well as lots of practical exercises.

On day 2 we will explore two sites within 1hr of Swindon and make field observations of a range of features identified in the lidar data. 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. 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




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