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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
   £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

Exploring the Medieval and Early Tudor Cinque Ports

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 24th November 2018
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 24th November 2018
   Period Specific
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

Drawing on work previously undertaken by the Trust and documentary sources, this one-day course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the development of the Kentish Cinque Ports from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation, with a special emphasis on the later Middle Ages. This period saw the Cinque Ports reach their pinnacle of importance to the Crown, yet was also a time when the Ports had to defend their privileged status against outside lords such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the abbot of Battle Abbey. Many Cinque Ports still contain medieval and 16th-century buildings, and, as well as churches and guildhalls, there are fine examples of the houses which belonged to merchants and craftsmen who lived, worked and worshiped in these towns. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will learn about the Ports, their citizens and communities of ward and parish, as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of primary sources.

Tutor: Sheila Sweetinburgh

A basic introduction to animal bone

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018
   Animal bone identification
   £80 (£75 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

A crash course in Roman Britain

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 13th October 2018
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 13th October 2018
   Period Specific
   £45 (£40 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

A series of thematic lectures over the course of a day, using extensive visual material, and looking at: the effects of contacts with Rome on society and culture in pre-conquest Britain; the history of the conquest; the formation of urban centres and related impacts on the countryside; the development of Romano-British society and culture as evidenced by material culture in general, art and architecture, religious practice and funerals; and the last years of Roman Britain. Throughout, we will note any interesting comparisons to be made with recent and current colonialism.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Prehistoric Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 29th September 2018
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Saturday 29th September 2018
   Period Specific
   £45 (£40 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

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

Archaeological Illustration

Nautical Archaeology Society                29 September 2018
   Fort Cumberland, Ferry Road, Eastney Portsmouth PO4 9LD       29 September 2018
   £75 for NAS members and £90 for non-members
The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the theories and techniques of archaeological illustration through lectures and practical sessions. Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between a drawing and an archaeological illustration. Participants will learn how to set up an artefact for an archaeological drawing and then how to draw it. They will also produce a selection of illustrations from some of the main types of materials: wood, metal, leather, pottery, stone.

This course is for anyone interested in this traditional method of recording artefacts that is still relevant today. Divers and non-divers will find this course interesting as it will teach them that through the detailed observations required for an archaeological illustration, more information can be gleaned from an artefact that might not be observed during rapid photographic recording techniques. People wishing to include the still essential line illustrations of artefacts in publications will find this course useful as they will learn how to create these figures themselves.

09:30     Theory: Overview of techniques and conventions
10:00     Practical: Pencil Drawing Techniques and Practice (material: ceramics)
11:00     Tea break
11:30     Practical: Pencil Drawing Techniques and Practice (material: metal, glass, wood and other organics)
12:30     Lunch
13:30     Practical: Inking Techniques and Practice
14:00     Practical: Completing Drawings - Inking
15:30     Tea break
16:00     Theory:  Completing Drawings and Presentation of finished product
17:00     Close

Practical Museum Interpretation

Nautical Archaeology Society                13 October 2018
   Shipwreck Museum, Hastings       13 October 2018
   £75 for NAS members and £90 for non-members
Learn the theory of what makes a good museum exhibition including: what is the best sized font for artefact labels, how long should delicate artefacts be on display, and how to succinctly get your message to visitors. Then design a small display using artefacts from the Shipwreck Museum. 

This course will be useful for anyone who wants to learn more about communicating archaeology to the public, whether that is through a permanent museum exhibition, a temporary open day display or publicising the latest raised artefacts online.

Earn 5 credits towards the NAS Certificate or Award.

More details to come.

Commissioning Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                6 December 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       6 December 2018
This course is designed for non-archaeologists who need to work with archaeology within the design and construction process, including architects, surveyors, engineers and other design professionals, planners, and project managers and developers.
The course will look at the place of archaeology in the planning system, how archaeological costs can be controlled, how to get benefit from archaeological work, and some of the pitfalls to be avoided.
Course Director: Stephen Bond, heritage consultant and director of Heritage Places consultancy and joint author of Managing Built Heritage – the role of cultural values and significance (2nd edn 2016)

Public Inquiry Workshop

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                28-30 November 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       28-30 November 2018
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

Archaeological Writing for Publication

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                15 November 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       15 November 2018

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                30 Oct0ber 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       30 Oct0ber 2018

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

Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                24 October 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       24 October 2018
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 provide you with expert guidance on how key artefacts and ecofacts can contribute to the interpretation of archaeological sites, and good practice in sampling and collection. The course is designed for supervisors, project officers and junior managers with responsibility for the day to day running of archaeological excavations, and those starting out in specialist artefact and ecofact roles.
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 (Oxford Archaeology), Kevin Rielly (PCA)

Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                4 October 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       4 October 2018

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

Tutors: Edward Biddulph, Senior Project Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology South; Sarah Wyles, Senior Environmental Officer, Cotswold Archaeology

Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                11th and 12th October
   Swindon       11th and 12th October
   2 day CIFA accredited course
If you want to get the best out of the Environment Agency point cloud data, or even commission your own survey, 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 captured, processed and shared with clients.

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