British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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

Heritage Values and the Assessment of SignificanceOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 5-Friday 7 July 2017
   3 day cpd
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

Archaeological Writing for PublicationOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Monday 26 June 2017
   One day cpd
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 taught by specialists with many years’ experience in writing, editing and managing archaeological reports. It is designed for all those in both the professional and voluntary archaeological sectors who need to develop skills and confidence in 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
Tutor: Rachel Clarke, Post-Excavation Editor, Oxford Archaeology East

Understanding Place: Historic Area AssessmentOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Tuesday 20-Wednesday 21 June 2017
   2 day cpd
Historic Area Assessments aim to ensure that historical understanding informs the management of change in the built environment not just at the level of individual buildings but across the small and medium-scale historic landscapes that constitute ‘places’, particularly when these are threatened by rapid change or steady incremental loss. They provide an overview of the historical development and present-day character of towns, suburbs and rural settlements and an assessment of their current state and future value. This course will introduce the principles and methods of area assessments, allow participants to explore the approach through a practical exercise and illustrate ways in which it can lead to appropriate strategies for management, conservation and protection. 
It will be useful to those who are, or are likely to be, involved in the preparation, commissioning or use of Historic Area Assessments in a wide range of contexts, including the preparation of Masterplans, Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans, Heritage Partnership Agreements and the strategic management of the built heritage.
Course Director: Adam Menuge, University of Cambridge
Tutor: Marion Barter, Architectural History Practice

Photographing Historic BuildingsOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 7 June 2017
   One day practical
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 have an interest in or need 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

Project Management in Archaeology: an IntroductionOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 24 May 2017
   One day cpd
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 will focus on project management as a distinctive skill-set, and introduce techniques to help participants understand, plan for and manage some of the key challenges that typically affect projects in the sector. It is designed for those who are new to the project management 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

Stratigraphic Analysis in ArchaeologyOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Thursday 18 May 2017
   One day cpd
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

Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the FieldOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Monday 15-Tuesday 16 May 2017
   2 day cpd
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 help you to improve your understanding of why these categories of material are generally collected on archaeological sites, how they are analysed and reported, and how they contribute to interpretation. We will consider the implications of this for approaches to collection, retention and sampling, to promote more informed practice on and off site. The course is open to all but will be of particular benefit to those working in, or towards, supervisory roles in archaeology.
The course will focus on four priority categories of material commonly encountered on archaeological sites: pottery, building materials, plant remains and animal bone. Each will be the subject of a half day session presented by specialists from leading archaeological practices with many years’ experience of the issues involved.
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 and Sarah Cobain (Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology), Kevin Rielly (PCA)

Condition Surveys of Historic BuildingsOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Monday 8-Wednesday 10 May 2017
   3 day cpd
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. The course is designed for built environment professionals who are responsible for the repair, maintenance and management of heritage assets, public sector planning and conservation professionals, and owners of heritage assets.

Course Director: Henry Russell, Reading University

The Setting of Heritage Assets and PlacesOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 5-Thursday 6 April 2017
   2 day cpd
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 (Peak District National Park), Karin Taylor (National Trust) and David Woolley QC (formerly Landmark Chambers)

Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological AnalysisOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA/OU Zoology Dept,       Monday 20-Wednesday 22 March 2017
   3 day
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

Public Inquiry WorkshopOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 8-Friday 10 March 2017
   3 day cpd
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

Starting in Post-ExcavationOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Tuesday 28 February 2017
   One day cpd
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. Although aimed at professional practice, the course would also provide insights and guidance for those undertaking post-excavation and reporting in a voluntary context, and for those working in consultancy and heritage management.
Course Director: Victoria Ridgeway,  editor and manager of Pre-Construct Archaeology’s monograph series
Speakers: Alistair Douglas, Senior Archaeologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology; Nick Garland, Post-Excavation Officer, Cotswold Archaeology

Archaeological Desk Based AssessmentsOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Thursday 23 February 2017
   One day cpd
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

Law and the Historic EnvironmentOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Friday 17 February 2017
   One day cpd
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: Dr Louise Loe, Head of Heritage Burials, Oxford Archaeology; Caroline May, environmental partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Assessing Archaeological SignificanceOxford University Dept for Continuing Education

   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       7 February 2017
   One day cpd
 The concept of significance is now at the core of planning decisions affecting heritage assets, but the significance of archaeological remains can be particularly difficult to assess, since the extent and nature of these is often only partially understood. This course will provide practitioners with an updated overview of this issue in current planning policy. We will look at current initiatives to introduce greater clarity into the process, and offer guidance on sources of information and approaches.
Course Director: Chris Welch (Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Historic England)
Speakers, Sandy Kidd (Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service); Roger M Thomas (Historic England); David Radford (Oxford City Archaeologist)

Archaeological Artefact IllustrationThe Sussex School of Archaeology

   Eastbourne Town Hall       Saturday 28th January 2017
   Artefact Studies
Tutor: Lys Drewett

Time: 10am - 4pm

Lys will guide you through the art of artefact illustration, covering a range of archaeological artefacts and industry-standard drawing conventions.  You will try your hand at drawing the artefacts to scale and walk away with an understanding of the basic skills needed to illustrate artefacts for publication.  No previous experience necessary.  All materials will be supplied.

This course qualifies as a Skills Passport training course: Tertiary Skills, Illustration and Graphics p.37 

Please contact us on if you have any queries about this course.


Lidar at the Desk and in the FieldPTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)

   Swindon       29th-30th June 2017
   GIS and Data Managment, Field Survey Skills (CIFA Accredited)

The course complements the Making the Most of Lidar course presentations and practicals on day one with the option to spend the day 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 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. There will be lots of opportunity to discuss ideas and issues faced when combining remote data and field observations.

This course is a great opportunity to look at lidar data "in the round", so visit our website for more information and to book your place!

Introduction to QGIS for Desk Based ResearchPTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)

   Swindon       24th March 2017, 1st December 2017
   GIS and Data Management Skills (CIFA Accredited CPD)

If everything happens somewhere then geographical information systems (GIS) are an essential tool for historic environment professionals. There are many platforms to choose from but we think that Quantum GIS is the best tool around for desk-based research. It is user-friendly, lightweight but powerful and best of all there’s no hefty price-tag as QGIS is absolutely free!

Our one day course will get you set up with all the basics so that you can use QGIS for your work or research. Run by historic environment professionals with over a decade of experience in a variety of GIS applications, this course covers essential concepts needed to understand and use QGIS. Because we believe that learning by doing is best, the course is delivered in a series of ‘hands on’ practicals, with plenty of opportunity for questions and group discussion during the day.

PTS Consultancy and Air Photo Services will be running this popular course in March and December 2017, so visit our website for more information and to book your place!


Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment ProfessionalsPTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)

   Swindon       12-13th October 2017
   Advanced GIS and Data Management, 2-day course

If you're looking to take full advantage 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.

Over two days we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the point cloud – formats and attributes
  • Viewing and assessing the quality of point cloud data using LAStools
  • Classifying the point cloud
  • Generating terrain and intensity raster
  • Generating mask layers
  • Viewing the point-cloud in QGIS
  • Advanced raster processing in QGIS with GRASS and SAGA
  • 3D visualisations to share with colleagues and clients

PTS Consultancy and Air Photo Services will be running this course just once in 2017, so visit our website for more information and to book your place!

Discovering Dorchester Archaeological Field SchoolUniversity of Oxford and Oxford Archaeology

   Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire       25th June - 21st July
   Archaeological Field School
   £250 - £600

2017 will see the Discovering Dorchester team return to the Dorchester on Thames allotments trench to continue down through the archaeology of the Roman ‘small town.’ Dorchester is a key site in English, and indeed British, history, being one of few sites in the country where settlements dating from the late Iron Age (100 BC – AD 43), the Roman, and the Anglo-Saxon periods can be explored, largely unobscured by later development.

A two-week undergraduate field school and two one-week public field schools will give participants the chance to work on an active research project, whilst being given tuition in all key practical archaeological skills. These will include excavating and recording by context, drawing sections and plans, using a Dumpy Level and Total Station, archaeological photography, and washing and processing ‘bulk’ and ‘small-finds’. These skills will be taught in group sessions and individually by experienced supervisors. There will also be seminars given on other aspects of excavation by experts, on topics such as stratigraphy, animal bone and pottery analysis, and the wider archaeology and history of the region, to put the site in context.

BAJR Archaeology Skills Passports are available and you will get the chance to complete various key skills with us. 

East Wear Bay Archaeological Field SchoolCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   East Wear Bay, Folkestone, Kent       10th July-5th August 2017
   Field School

East Wear Bay Field School is running for a third year at the impressive site located on top of the cliff overlooking East Wear Bay in Folkestone, Kent, right on the edge of the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast. ?Unfortunately the area is prone to erosion and with it goes the archaeology on top of the cliff. We are currently running an archaeological field school to record the archaeological remains at the site before they are lost forever. 

The site has long been known as a Roman Villa. Our work has revealed that it was also a late Iron Age trading settlement, as well as the production site for a major industry producing querns from the local sandstone. This site has fast become recognised as an important national and international site - and there is still much more left to discover.

Training sessions are currently in 1,2,3 or 4 week blocks. You will be trained by professional archaeologists from Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and our training is evidenced by the BAJR Skills Passport. You will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of an archaeological excavation, including recording, surveying, and finds processing. Additionally you have the chance to engage in some public outreach as our site is open to the public daily.

If you aren't able to commit to a full week we are offering one day experiences where we will give you a taste of what archaeology is about. We will give you a tour of the site, you will have a go at excavating an archaeological feature, and in the afternoon you will be able to process your finds if you wish.

Further details can be found on the website.

Come and join us in our third season to discover more about the archaeology of this incredible site!

The archaeology of deathCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   92a Broad Street, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 4th February
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

This 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: Sarah Gearey and Jake Weekes

Date: Saturday 4th February 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

My place in history: desk-based archaeological studyCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   Canterbury       11th March 2017
   Desk based study
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

This one-day course introduces the art of desk-based archaeological study, guiding students in researching into the history of where they live, or another chosen location in the UK. We’ll be looking primarily at how to build and understand the historical and archaeological narrative of a place using the large number of web-resources now freely available, but there will also be pointers on how to develop a study by visiting archives, for example. By the end of the course, all in attendance should have the confidence and resources to conduct their own desk-based research into the historic environment, and communicate their findings.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeologyCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   Canterbury       Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017
   Environmental Processing
   £80 (£75 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

This two-day course provides a hands-on introduction to environmental archaeology, focussing on the insights into ancient human societies, agricultural practices and environments that can be obtained from the study of plant and animal remains. Practical instruction will be given in the taking and processing of palaeo-environmental samples to recover biological material, followed by a session sorting dried sample residues which will introduce participants to some of the more commonly recovered remains. To complete the weekend, there will be a session on recent environmental work from CAT sites in Kent. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutors: Enid Allison and Alex Vokes

Understanding and Recording StratigraphyCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   Canterbury       24th February
   £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

Archaeological Report WritingCanterbury Archaeological Trust

   Canterbury       27th January 2017
   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

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