British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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Training Opportunities & Courses.

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


The Battlefields Trust / Huddersfield University                30/31st May 2020 and September 2020
   Aymestery and Ludlow       30/31st May 2020 and September 2020
   day course(s)
The Battlefields Trust, in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, is offering a course comprising two weekends based in Herefordshire linked to the HLF funded Mortimer’s Cross 1461 Battlefield Project. 

The course will deliver an essential understanding of and practical engagement with key skills essential for anyone involved in the design, management and implementation of any aspect of a battlefield project. 

It will provide a grounding in aspects of the investigation, interpretation, and conservation management of medieval and early modern battlefields.

It is relevant for amateur and professional archaeologists, local historians, detectorists, and members of the Battlefields Trust, local battlefield and other related societies.  

Both weekends incorporate lectures, workshop and field trip. While participants will be encouraged to attend all four days, for those with a particular interest it will be possible to attend specific days or weekends. 

 May 30/31st 2020

Problems and potentials
  • The Fog of War: evidence from primary documentary accounts
  • Weapons and Warfare
  • The importance of historic terrain
  • Understanding landscape change and working with historic maps and documents
  • Integrating accounts and terrain
Venue: Aymestrey Parish Hall.
To include a Field Trip around Mortimer’s Cross and Ludford battlefields (transport provided)

Autumn 2020 (weekend dates TBC)

Battle archaeology
  • Detecting: practicalities of the survey and finds study
  • Interpreting battlefields
  • Conserving battlefields
  • Project design and management 
Venue: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Contributors include Dr Glenn Foard, Dr Tracey Partida, Simon Marsh, Julian Humphries, Sam Wilson and Gary Ball, with additional contributions from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Historic England.

There is no fee for the course or field trips, but accommodation and other costs will need to be met by the participant.

Registration details and accommodation options are available from:

Conference Coordinator 
Bronwen Fraley
01278 788487


First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                21st March 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       21st March 2020
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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: Andrew Richardson

Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                28th February - 1st March 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       28th February - 1st March 2020
   £180 (£175 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.


During the day participants will find out:

  • What environmental archaeology is
  • How animal and plant remains preserved on archaeological sites can provide insights into ancient environments and human lifestyle
  • How the type of sediment in which remains are buried influences what may be preserved
  • What remains are likely to be found in particular features and deposits
  • Why, where, and how to take samples

Bulk sample processing and sorting dried sample residues to extract biological remains and artefacts


  • Investigating what invertebrate remains can tell you about the past

On insects and molluscs


  • Plants and humans
  • Charred plant remains
  • Multi-proxy studies to visualise ancient environments

Charred plant remains

Tutors: Enid Allison and Hazel Mosley

The Archaeology of Death

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                1st and 2nd February 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       1st and 2nd February 2020
   Practicals and lectures
   £80.00 (£75.00 Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

This two-day course will provide an introduction to the excavation, recording, analysis and interpretation of funerary remains. Students will be instructed in the handling and care of human skeletal material by an osteologist. The course will also explore the place of cemeteries and monuments in the wider landscape and the study of funerary assemblages as a whole, including graves, grave structures and fittings, grave goods and evidence associated with cremations. Emphasis will be placed on how to view all these elements as the visible remains of funeral ceremonies and on how we can seek to reconstruct those ceremonies as fully as possible.

Tutors: Jake Weekes and Adelina Teoaca

Understanding and Recording Stratigraphy

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                22nd February 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       22nd February 2020
   Skills development
   £45.00 (£40.00 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                18th January 2020
   Canterbury, Kent       18th January 2020
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 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: Andrew Richardson

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

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.


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.

Archaeological Survey using Airborne Lidar

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Thursday 5 December 2019
   Rewley House Oxford       Thursday 5 December 2019
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
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

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

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