British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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AutoCAD - Introduction to Advanced 2D and 3D.

Simon Oliver - Certified AutoCAD Trainer.                As required.
   On-site in your office.       As required.
   Practical use of the software through specific exercise drawings.
   Dependent on duration, location and delegate numbers.

AutoCAD is a general drafting program that was first released in 1982 and it can be used to create and edit drawings in many different areas of drafting.

Training: Practical sessions covering all features of the software at both 2D and 3D levels carried out on-site in your office using your own version of the software and tailored to the particular requirements of working in an archaeological environment.

Cad Standards: Setting up efficient drawing template (dwt) files and tool palettes to store and allow easy access to your standard drawing tools. Within the tool palettes, I also setup short cuts to your most common tasks to speed up and standardise their use.

Documentation and practical exercise drawings are provided to supplement any services offered and I am happy to incorporate any current projects or existing work to make everything as relevant as possible to the way that you work.

I have over 32 years? experience of working with AutoCAD and since 1992, I have been offering these services in a freelance capacity and have existing experience of working with other Archaeological companies engaged in field work and historic building work.


Introducing Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice

Akkadium College                Open enrolment
   London       Open enrolment
   Online
   ?199

Introducing Archaeology?offers a broad introduction to the processes of investigating past societies. We examine a wide range of international case studies to discover the methods and techniques archaeologists use, and learn what they can tell us about how people lived and died in their ancient worlds.

We gain fascinating insights into all of the key stages of an archaeological project: from the initial phases of research in libraries and archives, through processes of site survey and excavation, to the post-excavation analysis of artefacts and materials.

We then adopt a global perspective to look at current threats to important archaeological sites around the world, and explore how participants?can get involved and make a meaningful contribution to this exciting discipline.

The six-week programme?is delivered entirely on our online campus, and?it is designed to be?flexible. Your tutor will guide you through the modules week by week, but you can engage with the materials, exercises and discussions any time that suits you. As a general guide, most students commit to between 1 and 2 hours per week of study time.

The programme is designed as an introduction to archaeological principles and practice, so?no prior knowledge or experience is required. If you do have some experience, there will be opportunities for you to build upon this by engaging more deeply with specific topics of interest.

Never studied online before? All registered students get?free access?to our?Preparing for Online Learning?preparatory course?to help them?get the most out of their?studies.

All materials you need to complete?Introducing Archaeology?are included and provided online ? you will not be required to purchase any books. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a?Certificate in Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the development of archaeology as a discipline, including major theories and approaches;
  • Evaluate the significance of key sites and archaeological case studies from a range of countries and periods;
  • Describe some of the key methods and techniques used in modern archaeological fieldwork, survey and artefact analysis;
  • Identify major current issues in the protection of important heritage sites;
  • Develop a personal action plan for becoming more involved in archaeology after the course.

Syllabus

In this course we explore the following topics:

  • What is archaeology? Exploring definitions;
  • Desk-based and archival research;
  • Field survey;
  • Excavation: strategies and techniques;
  • Archaeological recording;
  • Principles of archaeological photography;
  • Artefacts: processing and analysis;
  • Conservation issues: protecting world heritage;
  • Want to be an archaeologist? Getting involved.


About the tutor

Dr. Mark Anderson?is Head of the Akkadium School of Anthropology and Archaeology. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, and a tutor in archaeology and anthropology at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Mark is?a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of Marothodi: The Historical Archaeology of an African Capital.


Burial Ground and Memorial Recording

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                06-08-2019 and 13-08-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       06-08-2019 and 13-08-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the archaeological survey and recording of burial grounds and memorials.  This includes initial research and planning, mapping, offset planning, recording, and archiving and disseminating the results.
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • A powerpoint presentation on archaeological recording of burial grounds and  memorials, which is also provided as a handout
  • Discussion on the benefits of caring for and recording burial grounds
  • Classroom practice at ‘planning using offsets’
  • A brief talk-through of the historic and archaeological background of the burial ground under investigation, which is also provided as a handout
  • Practical activity on burial ground recording
  • Practical activities on memorial recording
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to clarify any of the topics covered and  discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should:
  • Have a clear understanding of the resources available for help and advice relating to the care of burial grounds
  • Know the basics of how to find and compile documentary sources, including historic environment records
  • Be able to use memorial recording proformas with the aid of guidance notes
  • Be able to recall common memorial types, symbols, materials, and welsh translations
  • Know how to take a rubbing of a memorial inscription/decoration
  • Have had practice at surveying a burial ground using the ‘offset planning’ method
  • Know how to archive and disseminate the material gathered
Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Archaeological Test Pits

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                09-07-2019 and 16-07-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       09-07-2019 and 16-07-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to empower individuals and groups to carry out their own archaeological test-pit excavations, by providing them with appropriate background knowledge, resources and practical training.
 
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • A powerpoint presentation on the basics of archaeology and test pitting
  • A talk on the archaeological and historical background of the site
  • An booklet-based learning session on archaeological test-pit methodology and recording
  • Question and answer sessions at each stage
  • A practical activity - archaeological test-pit excavation and recording
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should:
  • Be able to describe what archaeology is, what archaeological test pitting is, and the purpose of archaeological test pits
  • Have a clear understanding of the steps that need to be taken before any archaeological fieldwork can commence, including how to find out the archaeological and historical background of a particular site
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of three methods of scientific sampling
  • Have practical experience of digging a test pit and recording their findings
  • Know what to do should archaeological finds, including treasure and human remains, be encountered
Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

Taking Levels and Using Survey Equipment in Archaeology

Dyfed Archaeological Trust.                18-06-2019 and 25-06-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   Corner House, 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6AE       18-06-2019 and 25-06-2019 6.30pm-9pm (both must be attended)
   CIfA approved - 5hrs CPD. Beginner-Improver. Archaeology skills passport.
   £20
Course Aims and Objectives:
The aim of the course is to impart to the learner with the theoretical knowledge and practical skill to confidently undertake the recording of levels using a dumpy level, and the recording and transfer of position data using a Total Station. 
 
The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.
The course will include:
  • Powerpoint presentations and talks covering the course content
  • Paper handouts covering the course content
  • A practical activity on measuring out a site grid and reading and giving coordinates
  • A worksheet on Ordnance Survey grid references
  • Practical training in the set up and use of a Dumpy Level to record levels
  • Practical training in the set up and use of a Total Station to survey a site
  • A demonstration on transferring data from a Total Station to relevant software and creating a 3-D model and illustrations
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to discuss the knowledge they have gained
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course the student should: 
  • Appreciate the concept of national grid systems
  • Be able to describe position on site in terms of coordinates on a site grid
  • Understand Ordnance Survey grid references and datums
  • Know how to set up a dumpy level and measure and record levels accurately
  • Have gained experience in the set up and use of a Total Station for archaeological site survey
Know the general routines for transferring and manipulating data recorded on a Total Station

Contact Alice Day on 01558 825996 or a.day@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk
 

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
 

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




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