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Using Aerial Photos for Desk Based Research

Air Photo Services with PTS Consultancy                29th September 2017
   Swindon       29th September 2017
   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.

Through presentations, practical guidance and hands-on sessions this course will cover:

  • Selecting your aerial images, using the archives, including online resources

  • Interpretation, perception and stereoscopic viewing

  • Discussion and analysis of contrasting environments from the air

  • Dealing with a tricky planning scenarios and avoiding major mistakes and pitfalls.

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


Landscape Archaeology Masterclass

Epiacum Heritage                8th – 10th September 2017
   Epiacum Roman Fort - North Pennines       8th – 10th September 2017
   Hands on Tutorials
   £TBC

Course details:

Arrive on the evening of Friday 8th September. Participants will have a joint evening meal followed by an introductory lecture about the heritage of the site and recent research from Stewart Ainsworth and site historians.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th will be spent on site with Stewart delivering tutorials to develop your landscape archaeology skills in the field, examining features suspected to range from prehistoric to medieval. As part of our ongoing research programme, live excavations are expected to be ongoing on site in the week prior to the masterclass. The findings from these digs will be included in the masterclass.

Evening meal on Friday, and packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday, plus light refreshments are included.

Accommodation, breakfasts and Saturday evening meal must be arranged separately.

Cost £TBC per person. Register your interest now at info@epiacumheritage.org

Discounts available to Friends of Epiacum.


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.

First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 13th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 13th January 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.

My place in history: an introduction to Desk Based Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 6th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 6th January 2018
   Introductory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
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.

Roman pottery: an introduction

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 2nd December 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 2nd December 2017
   Introdutory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
Pottery is one of the key types of evidence recovered by archaeologists, crucial not just as a tool for dating but also as evidence of the types of activity at a site, and for trade between sites and regions. This course will provide an introduction to the identification and study of Roman pottery. Drawing upon CAT’s pottery fabric series and extensive collections, students will be guided through the main types of Roman pottery found in Britain, including both imported wares, the major Romano-British industries, and locally produced wares.

Pottery identification: a beginner's guide

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 25th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 25th November 2017
   Introductory course
   £45 (£40 for Friends of CAT)
Drawing on the Trust’s extensive collections of material excavated from Canterbury sites and elsewhere in Kent, we will be illustrating some of the key developments in ceramic technologies and styles from the prehistoric to post-medieval periods in Britain. The day will include a series of presentations and opportunities to handle, examine and compare pottery from the principal periods of the past three millennia. By the end of the day we hope you will be able to recognise some key differences between pottery types – and that you will also have learnt something about the difficulties involved in identifying and dating archaeological ceramics.

Medieval East Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 18th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 18th November 2017
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
East Kent was important in the story of medieval England, and this course will take a fresh look at the archaeology of the area dating from the Norman Conquest through to the early Tudor period. Through a series of lectures, the course will cover a number of urban case studies over time, including Canterbury and important Cinque Ports in the vicinity, and also rural lives. An underlying principle of the course is to begin to understand both the formative, and the distinctly ‘foreign’, aspects of local medieval life at a turning point in history.

Dark Age Canterbury: the death and rebirth of a city

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 4th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 4th November 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
In the last years of Roman Britain the city of Durovernum appears to have undergone rapid collapse, with bodies remaining unburied and the streets becoming choked with debris. By the late fourth or early fifth century, it may have largely ceased to function as an urban centre. Yet, by the end of the sixth century, the place that would become the city of Canterbury was again a centre of power, this time for the Kentish royal dynasty and the newly arrived Christian church. This course will explore in detail how this sudden death and rebirth of a city took place, drawing on historical and archaeological evidence, including over four decades of work by Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Much of the archaeological evidence is yet to be fully published, and throws new light on this dark and seismic period in the story of Canterbury.

Durovernon and Durovernum: Iron Age and early Roman Canterbury

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 21st October 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU.       Saturday 21st October 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
Investigating the origins of Canterbury, one of the first towns in Britain, starting from an Iron Age centre with probable religious significance and going 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.

Roman Britain and the Romano-British

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 7th October 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 7th October 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
Strange as it may seem, there were never that many Romans, relatively speaking, in Roman Britain! There were always many more people we would now call ‘Romano-British’, people of often native descent who, over half a millennium, formulated their own versions of ‘Romaness’ in all areas of life. Actual Romans, themselves an increasingly mixed bunch, might have seen many of these provincial attempts to ‘fit in’ as quite a joke! From our point of view, it is the (often regionally varied) mix of cultural traits that makes the study of the Romano-British, the real people of Roman Britain, so fascinating.

Supporting history in the Primary School

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Tuesday 3rd October 2017
   Canterbury       Tuesday 3rd October 2017
   Education Training
   £80.00 (£75.00 Friends of CAT)

If you are an EYFS, KS 1 or KS 2 teacher, History Co-ordinator, home schooler, or History/Archaeology club leader, there should be something of interest for you on this interactive day course.

We will be looking at:

  • how Archaeology and artefacts (or more correctly ‘finds’ ) can support History and cross-curricular teaching and learning in your classroom;
  • our extensive range of handling collections for loan county-wide plus digital materials;
  • recent resources to support Local Studies or elements of British History featuring the Dover Bronze Age Boat, Folkestone’s Vanishing Roman villa and Anglo-Saxon Lyminge;
  • using toys and stories to develop History skills in very young children and help meet Early Learning Goals.

Tutor: Marion Green.
Marion is CAT’s Education Officer. She is experienced in working with primary school pupils and teachers in Kent and with student teachers in training at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Prehistoric Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 30th September 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury, CT1 2LU.       Saturday 30th September 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
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.

First Steps In Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 23rd September 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury, CT1 2LU.       Saturday 23rd September 2017
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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. This popular course is repeated in January and March.

Exploring Palaeoenvironments

University of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany and Geoarchaeology research teams                14-15 September 2017
   Department of Archaeology, North Gate House, Sheffield       14-15 September 2017
   Introductory
   £120.00 Student / Unwaged Rate; £180.00 Standard Rate.

The Exploring Palaeoenvironments short course runs for the second time this year and is the result of the joint efforts of zooarchaeologists, archaeobotanists and geoarchaeologists from our department.

The geological evidence and the organic remains recovered from archaeological sites are complementary indicators of the environmental conditions faced by past communities; when these indicators are thoroughly analysed and integrated, they have the potential of providing a detailed reconstruction of the environment and landscape in which people lived and moved.

The course will introduce participants to the different approaches and types of analyses employed by specialists of these related sub-disciplines. Each session will include theoretical lectures and case-studies; in addition, practical classes will provide direct experience of handling, analysing and interpreting the material evidence that archaeologists usually deal with.  The Exploring Palaeoenvironments short course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts alike and does not require any previous knowledge of the disciplines covered.


Understanding Zooarchaeology II

University of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology research team                11-13 September 2017
   Department of Archaeology, Northgate House, Sheffield       11-13 September 2017
   Advanced
   £140.00 Student / Unwaged Rate; £200.00 Standard Rate

The Understanding Zooarchaeology II short course has previously run twice, receiving excellent feedback. This year the course will last three days, and will be ideal for those who already have a basic knowledge of Zooarchaeology and want to learn more.

The aim of this advanced course is to give participants direct experience in analysing and recording faunal assemblages from archaeological sites. It will also provide participants with experience in practising with the most specialized issues of the discipline such as identification of sheep from goat and deer from cattle.

Sessions include brief theoretical lessons, followed by dedicated practical activity. During the practical activities and the recording assemblage practical session, several specialist and expert zooarchaeologists will supervise the class, in order to provide participants with experience of the whole range of knowledge and skills required by the discipline. Case-studies are included and a special session of ‘question and answers’ will serve to sum up the day and clarify doubts. 
At the end of the three days, participants are encouraged to write a zooarchaeological report based on the material analysed during the course, which will receive a feedback from an expert zooarchaeologist.

Understanding Zooarchaeology II is suitable for anyone who has already attended our Understanding Zooarchaeology I course, or who already has a basic knowledge of zooarchaeological methods.


Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals

PTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)                12-13th October 2017
   Swindon       12-13th October 2017
   Advanced GIS and Data Management, 2-day course
   £500

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!




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