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TRAINING IN BATTLEFIELD STUDIES 2020

The Battlefields Trust / Huddersfield University                30/31st May 2020 and September 2020
   Aymestery and Ludlow       30/31st May 2020 and September 2020
   day course(s)
   Free
The Battlefields Trust, in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, is offering a course comprising two weekends based in Herefordshire linked to the HLF funded Mortimer’s Cross 1461 Battlefield Project. 

The course will deliver an essential understanding of and practical engagement with key skills essential for anyone involved in the design, management and implementation of any aspect of a battlefield project. 

It will provide a grounding in aspects of the investigation, interpretation, and conservation management of medieval and early modern battlefields.

It is relevant for amateur and professional archaeologists, local historians, detectorists, and members of the Battlefields Trust, local battlefield and other related societies.  

Both weekends incorporate lectures, workshop and field trip. While participants will be encouraged to attend all four days, for those with a particular interest it will be possible to attend specific days or weekends. 

 May 30/31st 2020

Problems and potentials
  • The Fog of War: evidence from primary documentary accounts
  • Weapons and Warfare
  • The importance of historic terrain
  • Understanding landscape change and working with historic maps and documents
  • Integrating accounts and terrain
Venue: Aymestrey Parish Hall.
To include a Field Trip around Mortimer’s Cross and Ludford battlefields (transport provided)

Autumn 2020 (weekend dates TBC)

Battle archaeology
  • Detecting: practicalities of the survey and finds study
  • Interpreting battlefields
  • Conserving battlefields
  • Project design and management 
Venue: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Contributors include Dr Glenn Foard, Dr Tracey Partida, Simon Marsh, Julian Humphries, Sam Wilson and Gary Ball, with additional contributions from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Historic England.

There is no fee for the course or field trips, but accommodation and other costs will need to be met by the participant.

Registration details and accommodation options are available from:

Conference Coordinator 
Bronwen Fraley
01278 788487 
bronwyn.fraley110@btinternet.com

 

First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                21st March 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       21st March 2020
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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: Andrew Richardson


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                28th February - 1st March 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       28th February - 1st March 2020
   Practical
   £180 (£175 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.

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 invertebrate remains can tell you about the past

PRACTICAL SESSIONS
On insects and molluscs

DAY 3

  • Plants and humans
  • Charred plant remains
  • Multi-proxy studies to visualise ancient environments

PRACTICAL SESSION
Charred plant remains

Tutors: Enid Allison and Hazel Mosley


The Archaeology of Death

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                1st and 2nd February 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       1st and 2nd February 2020
   Practicals and lectures
   £80.00 (£75.00 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.

Tutors: Jake Weekes and Adelina Teoaca


Understanding and Recording Stratigraphy

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                22nd February 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       22nd February 2020
   Skills development
   £45.00 (£40.00 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


First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                18th January 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       18th January 2020
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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: Andrew Richardson


A basic introduction to animal bone

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                26th and 27th October 2019
   Canterbury, Kent       26th and 27th October 2019
   Practical
   £80.00 (£75.00 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

Animal bones and teeth are some of the commonest and most visible remains on many archaeological sites. Their study can tell us much about ancient societies, including diet, economic status, the use of secondary products such as wool, leather, pelts and horn, and peoples’ attitudes towards the wild and domestic animals around them. The two-day course introduces the basic techniques used in the study of bone assemblages, with case-studies providing examples of some of the information that can be obtained. Practical sessions will familiarise participants with mammal, bird and fish skeletons, methods of ageing and sexing, and recognition of pathology and butchery.

Tutors: Enid Allison and Åsa Pehrson


Duraverno and Durovernum

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                12th October 2019
   Canterbury, Kent       12th October 2019
   Period specific
   £45.00 (£40.00 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

Investigating the origins of Canterbury, one of the first towns in Britain, from an Iron Age centre with probable religious significance, through numerous changes, to become the late Roman town which bequeathed its form to later versions of the city. This is a 500 year story which we now begin to understand in far greater detail through recent finds of superb archaeological evidence.

Tutor: Jake Weekes


Prehistoric Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                28th September 2019
   Canterbury, Kent       28th September 2019
   Period specific
   £45.00 (£40.00 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

This one-day course will cover the prehistory of Kent, a period of over half a million years. The course will trace the development of the Kentish landscape itself from the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) onwards, including the formation of the Channel and the severing of the last land-bridge to the Continent. The introduction of farming, along with the creation of monuments, changing attitudes to and treatment of the dead, introduction of metal working and other technologies, and development of settlements, long distance links, and society will be among the many topics considered. The course will be illustrated with case studies and finds drawn from the Trust’s archives.

Tutor: Jake Weekes


First steps in archaeology (1)

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                14th September 2019
   Canterbury, Kent       14th September 2019
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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. This popular course is repeated in January and March (see below).

Tutor: Andrew Richardson


Advanced carved and worked stone illustration workshop

Mark Hoyle                Saturday October 5th and Sunday 6th 2019
   Roman Vindolanda – Hedley Centre       Saturday October 5th and Sunday 6th 2019
   Day Course
   Cost per delegate £75.00 inclusive
Advanced carved and worked stone illustration workshop
Saturday October 5th and Sunday 6th 2019
A weekend workshop covering aspects and techniques of advanced carved and worked stone under the tuition of Mark Hoyle BA(hons); P.G.C.E; MCIfA.
 www.markhoyle.com

The course will look at detailed techniques and methods of accurately recording  carved stone work and worked stone. There will be a selection of objects from the excavations at Vindolanda to handle and draw over the duration of the course.

Course includes morning and afternoon tea and coffee, buffet lunch each day plus a visit to Vindolanda site and museum

Limited places available: Cost per delegate £75.00 inclusive
 
If you are interested and would like more details please contact : pennytrichler@vindolanda.com Tel:+44 (0)1434 344277.
Or alternatively at:
Vindolanda Trust,
Chesterholm Museum,
Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7JN.
 

From drawing board to publication workshop

Mark Hoyle                Saturday September 7th and Sunday 8th 2019
   Roman Vindolanda – Hedley Centre       Saturday September 7th and Sunday 8th 2019
   Day Course
   Cost per delegate £75.00 inclusive
From drawing board to publication workshop
Saturday September 7th and Sunday 8th 2019

A weekend workshop covering aspects and techniques of post illustration production. Taking a hand drawn illustration through its digital production to final output with Mark Hoyle BA(hons); P.G.C.E; MCIfA.
 www.markhoyle.com

The course will look at detailed techniques  of post illustration production methods. Including scanning, the use of photoshop, illustrator and Indesign packages (or similar). Taking a hand drawn illustration throught the stages to final publication. 

This course requires the participant to have a working laptop, and  image editing software.  Morning and afternoon tea and coffee, provided along with a buffet lunch each day plus a visit to Vindolanda site and museum

Limited places available: Cost per delegate £75.00
Inclusive.
If you are interested and would like more details please contact : pennytrichler@vindolanda.com Tel:+44 (0)1434 344277.
Or alternatively at:
Vindolanda Trust,
Chesterholm Museum,
Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7JN.
 

AutoCAD - Introduction to Advanced 2D and 3D.

Simon Oliver - Certified AutoCAD Trainer.                As required.
   On-site in your office.       As required.
   Practical use of the software through specific exercise drawings.
   Dependent on duration, location and delegate numbers.

AutoCAD is a general drafting program that was first released in 1982 and it can be used to create and edit drawings in many different areas of drafting.

Training: Practical sessions covering all features of the software at both 2D and 3D levels carried out on-site in your office using your own version of the software and tailored to the particular requirements of working in an archaeological environment.

Cad Standards: Setting up efficient drawing template (dwt) files and tool palettes to store and allow easy access to your standard drawing tools. Within the tool palettes, I also setup short cuts to your most common tasks to speed up and standardise their use.

Documentation and practical exercise drawings are provided to supplement any services offered and I am happy to incorporate any current projects or existing work to make everything as relevant as possible to the way that you work.

I have over 32 years? experience of working with AutoCAD and since 1992, I have been offering these services in a freelance capacity and have existing experience of working with other Archaeological companies engaged in field work and historic building work.


Introducing Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice

Akkadium College                Open enrolment
   London       Open enrolment
   Online
   ?199

Introducing Archaeology?offers a broad introduction to the processes of investigating past societies. We examine a wide range of international case studies to discover the methods and techniques archaeologists use, and learn what they can tell us about how people lived and died in their ancient worlds.

We gain fascinating insights into all of the key stages of an archaeological project: from the initial phases of research in libraries and archives, through processes of site survey and excavation, to the post-excavation analysis of artefacts and materials.

We then adopt a global perspective to look at current threats to important archaeological sites around the world, and explore how participants?can get involved and make a meaningful contribution to this exciting discipline.

The six-week programme?is delivered entirely on our online campus, and?it is designed to be?flexible. Your tutor will guide you through the modules week by week, but you can engage with the materials, exercises and discussions any time that suits you. As a general guide, most students commit to between 1 and 2 hours per week of study time.

The programme is designed as an introduction to archaeological principles and practice, so?no prior knowledge or experience is required. If you do have some experience, there will be opportunities for you to build upon this by engaging more deeply with specific topics of interest.

Never studied online before? All registered students get?free access?to our?Preparing for Online Learning?preparatory course?to help them?get the most out of their?studies.

All materials you need to complete?Introducing Archaeology?are included and provided online ? you will not be required to purchase any books. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a?Certificate in Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the development of archaeology as a discipline, including major theories and approaches;
  • Evaluate the significance of key sites and archaeological case studies from a range of countries and periods;
  • Describe some of the key methods and techniques used in modern archaeological fieldwork, survey and artefact analysis;
  • Identify major current issues in the protection of important heritage sites;
  • Develop a personal action plan for becoming more involved in archaeology after the course.

Syllabus

In this course we explore the following topics:

  • What is archaeology? Exploring definitions;
  • Desk-based and archival research;
  • Field survey;
  • Excavation: strategies and techniques;
  • Archaeological recording;
  • Principles of archaeological photography;
  • Artefacts: processing and analysis;
  • Conservation issues: protecting world heritage;
  • Want to be an archaeologist? Getting involved.


About the tutor

Dr. Mark Anderson?is Head of the Akkadium School of Anthropology and Archaeology. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, and a tutor in archaeology and anthropology at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Mark is?a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of Marothodi: The Historical Archaeology of an African Capital.


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


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




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