British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 9th March 2019.
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 9th March 2019.
   Beginners Course
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

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.

Tutors: Martin Crowther and Andrew Richardson


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019
   Environmental Processing
   £180 (£175 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
Plant and animal remains found in 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 practical session examining 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 plant and invertebrate remains, including practical sessions with charred plant remains, insects, and molluscs. Case-studies will show how combining information from various sources can be used to visualise ancient environments, mainly using examples from CAT sites.

Tutors: Enid Allison, Alex Vokes and Hazel Mosley

Understanding and Recording Stratigraphy

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 23rd February 2019
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 23rd February 2019
   Stratigraphy
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

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.

Tutor: Peter Clark


The archaeology of death

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019
   Beginners Course
   £80 (£75 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
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 26th January 2019
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 26th January 2019
   Report Writing
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

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.

Tutor: Jake Weekes


First Steps In Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                22nd September 2018, 19th January 2019, 23rd March 2019
   92a Broad Street, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       22nd September 2018, 19th January 2019, 23rd March 2019
   Beginners Course
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

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.

Tutor: Dr. Andrew Richardson




If there is anything you want to knowabout courses, please call me on 0787 6528 498 or 01368 840 847 or email me at - info@bajr.org