British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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

We Dig...Wollaton Park - Archaeological Training Dig

Trent and Peak Archaeology                13th July - 14th August (weekdays)
   Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE       13th July - 14th August (weekdays)
   £250 week (general) £225 week (concessions - see booking page). Taster days £50/£45
We Dig… Wollaton Park 2020 will continue archaeological investigations of the formal gardens of Wollaton Hall, built in 1580-1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby, searching for evidence of buildings and garden features depicted on 17th century paintings of the Hall and developing a new understanding of how the park might have looked in the post medieval period. 2020 trainees can look forward to a packed programme that will introduce and improve basic archaeological skills whilst providing the opportunity to expand their knowledge into other parts of the archaeological process, such as finds identification and, new for this year, archaeobotany. It’s not just about excavation!
Booking is now open for members of the community, students and budding trainee archaeologists from all backgrounds, aged 14-plus, to get involved in archaeological investigations uncovering new information about the history and archaeology of Wollaton Hall and its surrounding parkland landscape. Trainees can book on for any length of time from a one day tasters to the full five weeks, but a week long placement is recommended for trainees to take full advantage of the training programme.

More information can be found on the TPA website! Book online at

Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals

PTS Consultancy with Air Photo Services                8th-9th october 2020
   Shaftesbury Centre, Swindon       8th-9th october 2020
   2 day CIFA Approved Training Course

If you want to get the best out 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 CIFA Approved Advanced Lidar course is aimed at those who want to improve their understanding of how the data can be comissioned, processed and shared with clients.

Day 1
- Introduction to the point cloud – formats and attributes
- Viewing and assessing the quality of point cloud data
- Classifying the point cloud
- Generating surface and terrain models
- Understanding and creating intensity images

Day 2
- Generating mask layers
- Commissioning lidar survey
- Advanced raster processing for enhancing microtopography
- 3D wed visualisations to share with colleagues and clients

Visit our website to download the course information sheet and to book your place.


Public Inquiry Workshop

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wednesday 25-Friday 27 November 2020
   Rewley House Oxford       Wednesday 25-Friday 27 November 2020
   From £496.00
This course will take the form of 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. The aims will be to 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. You will be asked to indicate your area of interest or expertise in advance of the course so that roles can be appropriately assigned. Active participation in the course will be limited to 12 participants. There will also be a limited number of places available for observers who do not wish to play an active part. Observers will receive the study pack, attend the sessions and participate in the Inquiry as members of the public. The Inquiry will be video recorded to allow an analysis and feedback to be given on the final day. Please note that the Wednesday evening session may extend beyond 9.00pm, so we recommend that all participants book a residential place or arrange accommodation in/near Oxford. Because of the need to do preparatory work before the course, the closing date for applications will be Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 10.00am.

Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thursday 8 October 2020
   Rewley House Oxford       Thursday 8 October 2020
   From £222.00
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.

Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wednesday 23-Friday 25 September 2020
   Rewley House Oxford       Wednesday 23-Friday 25 September 2020
   From £472.00
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

Photographing Historic Buildings

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2020
   Rewley House Oxford       Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2020
   From £455.00
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. Places are limited to 12, so early booking is strongly advised. Please bring your own camera. National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control: Contributes to the performance requirements for COSTPCBC56.1-B5.2 Analyse, research and report on historic and heritage assets in conservation.

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