British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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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


Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 3-Thur 4 July 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 3-Thur 4 July 2019
   cpd
   £377
An increasing number of historic gardens and landscapes are opening their doors to the paying public. Owners and managers, reliant on tourist income, are seeking to widen their visitor base. Such development can sometimes be at odds with the conservation needs of historic sites, and this course will provide the tools for balancing the needs of developing tourist attractions with conservation and care. This course is for trustees, volunteers and staff responsible for managing or working in a historic garden or designed landscape.
Course Director: John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscape at the English Heritage Trust
 

Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Monday 24 June 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Monday 24 June 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

The public value of the historic environment is recognised in planning policy across the UK, but how do the public benefit from our work? This course looks at how we can plan projects to deliver public benefit consistently, how to communicate that benefit effectively, and how to evaluate the impact of our work. It is designed for all those responsible for commissioning, specifying and/or delivering programmes of work in our sector that aim to deliver public benefit.

Course Director: Kate Geary, Head of Professional Development and Practice, CIfA

Tutors: Taryn Nixon, independent archaeologist and heritage adviser, formerly Chief Executive of MoLa (1997-2017); Rob Lennox, CIfA, whose PhD research looked at heritage and politics in the public value era


The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 8-Thur 9 May 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 8-Thur 9 May 2019
   cpd
   £377
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 (formerly Peak District National Park), Karin Taylor (National Trust) and David Woolley QC (formerly Landmark Chambers)
 

Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thursday 2 May 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thursday 2 May 2019
   cpd
   £216.50

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


Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Tuesday 16 April 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Tuesday 16 April 2019
   cpd
   £216.50
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 is designed for those who are new to the 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

Starting in Post-Excavation

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 3 April 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Wed 3 April 2019
   cpd
   £216.50
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.
 
Course Directors:
Alistair Douglas, Assistant Project Manager, Pre-Construct Archaeology
Jon Hart, Senior Publications Officer, Cotswold Archaeology
 

Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                18-20 March 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       18-20 March 2019
   academic post-graduate/cpd
   £450
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

Law and the Historic Environment

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wed 6 March 2019
   Rewley House, Oxford       Wed 6 March 2019
   cpd
   £216.50
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, Consultant at Gowling WLG, and Roger M Thomas, barrister and archaeologist. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006
 

Learn QGIS in a Day : Beyond the Basics

The Loose Goat                22nd May 2019
   Guildford, Surrey       22nd May 2019
   GIS
   £250

This course is for those who have either attended our training session QGIS in a Day : Basics or have a good grounding in QGIS. During this training session you will go beyond the basics, looking at..

  • PostGIS and SQL
  • GeoPackages
  • Attribute Tables and Forms
  • Advanced Styling
  • Print Layout, Atlas and Reports
  • Basic Processing Models
  • 3D mapping

Learn QGIS in a Day : Basics

The Loose Goat                21st May 2019
   Guildford, Surrey       21st May 2019
   GIS
   £250

This course teaches you how to get started with QGIS in a day. During the day you will learn the fundamental elements of QGIS using a range of Open-Data and Samples of premium data from Ordnance Survey.

  • Loading Vectors, Rasters and Web Services
  • Introduction to Vector and Raster processing tools
  • Creating and Editing data
  • Styling and Rendering Data
  • Printing Maps
  • Explore other Foss GeoSpatial software

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


Lidar at the Desk and in the Field

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                9th and 10th May 2019
   Swindon       9th and 10th May 2019
   2 day CIFA accredited CPD Course (GIS and data management)
   £250 (including lunch and refreshments)

This course complements the Making the Most of Lidar course presentations and practicals on day one with the option to spend day  two 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 two sites within 1hr of Swindon and make field observations of a range of features identified in the lidar data. 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.

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


Making the Most of Lidar

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                22nd March
   Swindon       22nd March
   1 day CIFA accredited CPD Course (GIS and data management)
   £150 (including lunch and refreshments)

Want to make use of all that lovely free Environment Agency lidar data but don't know where to start? Our CIFA accredited Making the Most of Lidar day course is just the ticket!

Run by professionals with many years experience in using lidar data for historic landscape analysis, this course covers essential concepts needed to integrate lidar data into your workflows. 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, because we believe that learning by doing is best.

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


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

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

Modern humans first ventured out of Africa around 100,000 years ago, into a world already populated by earlier species such as Neanderthals. Since that time, the human race has divided and defined itself along lines of race, culture, religion, language or nation. Tribalism seems to be deeply embedded in the human psyche. The concept of ethnicity has developed to define distinct groups that share a common culture, religion, language or national identity, whilst the migration of groups, in the past and the present, is often a source of conflict, but also of rapid and dynamic change, for better or for worse.

Migration and identity have often been a focus of interest for archaeologists and historians, not always with positive results. And with the widespread popularity of inexpensive DNA testing, growing numbers of people are now being provided with data that aims to provide a detailed break-down of their own genetic history.

With such topics remaining as contentious as ever, this course explores and discusses these issues from an archaeological perspective, with a focus on what archaeological evidence can contribute to our understanding of human ethnic identity and migration. Topics covered include: the migration of modern humans out of Africa; evidence for migration in the archaeological record; the cultural impact of migration; migration as an explanation for change; evidence from ancient DNA; interpreting modern DNA sampling; ethnicity as an aspect of human identity. Whether you consider yourself a Citizen of the World or a confirmed Brexiteer, come along and join a lively discussion about who you, and we, really are.

Tutors: Martin Crowther and Andrew Richardson


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019
   Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom       Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019
   Environmental Processing
   £180 (£175 for Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
Plant and animal remains found in archaeological deposits can provide many insights into the lifestyle and diet of past human societies, their use of local land and resources, and ancient environments. The first part of this three-day course will focus on the types of remains that can be preserved on archaeological sites and how they are recovered. Instruction will be given in the taking and processing of environmental samples, followed by a practical session examining dried sample residues that will introduce some of the more commonly recovered remains. The second and third days will provide more detail on the study of plant and invertebrate remains, including practical sessions with charred plant remains, insects, and molluscs. Case-studies will show how combining information from various sources can be used to visualise ancient environments, mainly using examples from CAT sites.

Tutors: Enid Allison, Alex Vokes and Hazel Mosley

Understanding and Recording Stratigraphy

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

An understanding of stratigraphy and the concept of ‘context’ is essential to anyone undertaking archaeological excavation. This course will provide clear instruction on both the theory of stratigraphy and practical ways in which it can be effectively recognised, recorded and interpreted. Practical exercises will lead students through such tasks as completing a context sheet, drawing plans and sections, completing stratigraphic matrices and using site records to create sets, groups and phases.

Tutor: Peter Clark


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




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