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


History of the British Fauna: wild and domestic vertebrates

Zooarchaeology Research Group                16th-19th July 2018
   University of Sheffield       16th-19th July 2018
   Open to anyone, no previous knowledge required
   £ 200 (waged) / £240 including trip to Creswell Crags £ 140 (student/unwaged) / £180 including trip to Creswell Crags

The History of the British Fauna: wild and domestic vertebrates short course will run for the first time, from the 16th to the 19th of July 2018. Thematic sessions will be delivered
during the first three days, while a trip to the famous Creswell Crags caves, which also includes a tour of the Ice-Age Museum to learn about our early ancestors and their animals,
has been organised for the last day (optional).

The course aims to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of the development of the British fauna from the Pleistocene to Modern day. Topics such as evolution,zoogeography, domestication, introductions and extinctions will be addressed, including how humans and animals interacted through history. Mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles will be all included.

The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures and hands-on practical activities.


We Dig the Castle 2018

A partnership between Historic England, Trent and Peak Archaeology and Nottingham City Council                16 July - 17 August 2018 (weekdays)
   Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, England       16 July - 17 August 2018 (weekdays)
   Training excavation
   Variable, prices start at £50 for a taster day (£40 concessions)
Location: Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
Dates: 16 July to 17 August 2018 (weekdays)
Cost: From £40 per day (with a range of reductions and special offers)
Age: 14+ (ages 14-16 must be accompanied with an adult aged 18+)
Training / Experience: We cater for all levels of experience and particularly welcome archaeology students and new graduates seeking to build confidence in the field and while gaining demonstrable fieldwork skills. 
Accommodation: Not included. However, Nottingham Castle is situated in the centre of Nottingham, with a range of hostels, bed and breakfasts and hotels for all budgets within easy walking distance. 

Details
We Dig the Castle - first held in 2015 - is Nottingham Castle's annual training excavation. It offers a variety of training, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-2 week study place. A changing daily programme of induction, skills tutorials, task-based workshops, and excavation allows trainees to develop and practice skills in a variety of areas, and to chart the ways in which their skills have developed.

The team: We Dig the Castle is the ideal opportunity to develop your archaeological skills, particularly if you are working towards (or have) a qualification. We offer a supportive, small-group, environment. Trainees will work alongside professional archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology and take part in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists.
Trent & Peak Archaeology has an established reputation and strong working relationships with a number of archaeology departments, and is experienced in completing the placement journals required by universities. In addition, tuition is carefully designed to support progression through, and documentation via, the Archaeology Skills Passport (which we can assist you to obtain).

The site: This is a unique chance to be part of an excavation and associated fieldwork in a Scheduled Ancient Monument, at a world-famous site. 

The training: 2018 offers We Dig the Castle trainees a brand new programme of test-pitting, excavation skills, recording, auguring, post-excavation, finds identification, historic building recording, digitisation and more. For the first time training will expand outwards to incorporate not only Nottingham Castle’s Outer Bailey but also its gatehouse bridge and adjacent areas and the historic Brewhouse Yard are (known to have been the site of the royal mills from at least 1217).

Training sessions will include:
  • Principles of excavation: stratigraphy and contexts
  • Survey & laser scanning
  • Excavation and test-pitting techniques
  • Site recording: planning, levelling, section drawing, photography and context description
  • Auguring
  • Historic building recording
  • Finds identification
  • Post-excavation and processing
  • Digitisation
  • Environmental processing
Booking
                                                                                                Booking opens early March 2018
For more information, and for links to online and telephone booking, see our website.
There are several ways of joining We Dig the Castle as a trainee, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster session to a 2 week training place. Wherever possible we also welcome bookings on non-consecutive dates, for those with restricted availability. 

We also offer a variety of discounts, with concessions available for under-18s*, students, return trainees, and people who have volunteered with Trent & Peak Archaeology or its community partners previously (* ages 14-16 must attend with an adult aged 18-plus). We also offer reduced daily prices for trainees who attend for a 1 or 2 week training place.

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Archaeological Illustration

Nautical Archaeology Society                29 September 2018
   Fort Cumberland, Ferry Road, Eastney Portsmouth PO4 9LD       29 September 2018
   Workshop
   £75 for NAS members and £90 for non-members
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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.

WHO'S IT FOR?
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.
Please note - NO ARTISTIC SKILL REQUIRED!

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE
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
   Workshop
   £75 for NAS members and £90 for non-members
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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. 


WHO'S IT FOR?
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
   CPD
   £216
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
   CPD
   £495.50
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
   CPD
   £216

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
   CPD
   £216

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
   CPD
   £216
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
   CPD
   £216

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


Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                26-28 September 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       26-28 September 2018
   CPD
   £458
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
 

Photographing Historic Buildings

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                19-20 September 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       19-20 September 2018
   CPD
   $405
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 wish 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
 

Churches: History, Significance and Use

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                5-6 July 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       5-6 July 2018
   CPD
   £376.50

This course provides a firm foundation of the history of church architecture and furnishings, and provides the skills to draft statements of significance. This will enable participants to analyse and evaluate proposals for change. The course is aimed particularly at those who are actively involved in the management of church buildings.

Course Director: Henry Russell, Reading University, Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee and member of the Church of England Buildings Council


Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                8 June 2018
   Rewley House Oxford       8 June 2018
   CPD
   £216

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


Advanced Introduction to Archaeological Excavation

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 4th August 2018
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       Saturday 4th August 2018
   Field School
   £40/£35

Suitable for anyone who has taken one of the SSA one day Introduction to Archaeology courses or a similar course, and would like to take the next steps in learning about archaeological excavation. 

Join Dr Caroline Russell for a day of practical archaeology incorporating further excavation techniques, context recording, drawing and planning, and site photography. 10am-4pm

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
 

Introduction to Archaeological Excavation

The Sussex School of Archaeology                2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 4 dates)
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 4 dates)
   Field School
   £40/£35

Suitable for beginners who would like to discover what archaeologists do!

This one day taster course will give you an insight into archaeological excavation techniques.  You will learn about Plumpton Roman villa, while getting to grips with the all-important archaeological trowel and keeping your eyes out for artefacts and features.  Choose from one of four available dates. 10am-4pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.


Advanced Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                6th - 11th August 2018
   Plumpton College, East Sussex ENGLAND       6th - 11th August 2018
   Field School
   £280/£265

Suitable for those who have completed the Sussex School of Archaeology Excavation Techniques Course and would like to take their archaeological practice a little further. 

This six day advanced course covers: research aims and methodologies, surveying including use of the Total Station, practical excavation, context and finds recording, planning and section drawing at the villa and wall elevation drawing at Plumpton Church, photography, and environmental archaeology.  One course available.  10am-5pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.


Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 5 weeks)
   Plumpton       2nd July - 17th August (choose from one of 5 weeks)
   Field School
   £200/£190

Suitable for beginners or those with minimal experience looking for a new hobby or career. 

Join Dr David Rudling and our team of professional archaeologists on this five day archaeological training course (Monday – Friday) to learn about practical archaeology: site discovery and non-excavation survey methods, site surveying, excavation techniques, artefacts, archaeological recording, archaeological drawing, basic environmental sampling and archaeological photography.  Choose from one of five available courses. 10am-5pm.

The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, Sussex. Under the direction of Dr. David Rudling FSA, field school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated buildings and other remains.
 

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
   £500
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.

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




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