British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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

Excavations at the Cromlech Tumulus & prehistoric field wallAchill Archaeological Field School

   Keel East Townland, County Mayo, Ireland       14 - 25 August 2017
   Training excavation & field survey
   €695 (1 week) - €995 (2-weeks) residential

The Cromlech Tumulus is a curious site located about 125m west of a well- known court tomb, at a height of 110m OD on the southern slopes of Slievemore Mountain in Keel East townland on Achill Island. The two sites are connected by a pre-bog field wall known as the Danish Ditch and a terraced road that runs parallel alongside it. 

The site is listed in the SMR as a Megalithic Structure although its exact nature has been much discussed since it was first brought to the attention of the archaeological community by the famous Sligo antiquarian William Wood Martin in the 1880’s.

Slievemore is of course home to a huge array of 18th and 19th century archaeology sites, the most famous being the Deserted Village (McDonald 2006). 


Making the Most of LidarPTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)

   Swindon       29th June 2017
   GIS and Data Management Skills (CIFA Accredited CPD)

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.

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)

This 2-day 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.

Visit our website for more information and to book your place!

Exploring PalaeoenvironmentsUniversity of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany and Geoarchaeology research teams

   Department of Archaeology, North Gate House, Sheffield       14-15 September 2017
   £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 IIUniversity of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology research team

   Department of Archaeology, Northgate House, Sheffield       11-13 September 2017
   £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.

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)

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!

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

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