British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

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Using Aerial Photos for Desk Based Research

Air Photo Services with PTS Consultancy                29th September 2017
   Swindon       29th September 2017
   1 day CIFA accredited course
   £150

Integrate aerial photos into your analysis of the historic environment with confidence and style!

Our practical one-day course will help you to enjoy, access and use aerial imagery during the initial assessment for Desk Based Research, bringing informed interpretation and efficient use of time to your heritage assessment work. Fully CIfA accredited, the "Air Photos for Desk Based Research" day course is run by experienced interpreters at Air Photo Services to help you effectively integrate aerial imagery into your assessment processes.

Through presentations, practical guidance and hands-on sessions this course will cover:

  • Selecting your aerial images, using the archives, including online resources

  • Interpretation, perception and stereoscopic viewing

  • Discussion and analysis of contrasting environments from the air

  • Dealing with a tricky planning scenarios and avoiding major mistakes and pitfalls.

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


Landscape Archaeology Masterclass

Epiacum Heritage                8th – 10th September 2017
   Epiacum Roman Fort - North Pennines       8th – 10th September 2017
   Hands on Tutorials
   £TBC

Course details:

Arrive on the evening of Friday 8th September. Participants will have a joint evening meal followed by an introductory lecture about the heritage of the site and recent research from Stewart Ainsworth and site historians.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th will be spent on site with Stewart delivering tutorials to develop your landscape archaeology skills in the field, examining features suspected to range from prehistoric to medieval. As part of our ongoing research programme, live excavations are expected to be ongoing on site in the week prior to the masterclass. The findings from these digs will be included in the masterclass.

Evening meal on Friday, and packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday, plus light refreshments are included.

Accommodation, breakfasts and Saturday evening meal must be arranged separately.

Cost £TBC per person. Register your interest now at info@epiacumheritage.org

Discounts available to Friends of Epiacum.


Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                31st July - 4th August 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       31st July - 4th August 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £175
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a third century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, East Sussex. FIeld school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated outbuildings and other features.   This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Rudling and the Sussex School of Archaeology into Romano-British rural settlements and land-use in the Sussex Ouse valley, and builds upon earlier research and training projects at the Barcombe and Beddingham villa sites which both yielded evidence for settlement development from Iron Age type timber roundhouses.
 
This course covers different aspects of archaeology to help you gain an understanding of the discipline.  You will receive guidance on health and safety;  practical training in excavation techniques; learn how to recognize archaeological finds and types; how to record archaeology and understand contexts; how to survey a site and draw plans and sections; the basics of environmental sampling and archaeological photography.

The course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                24th - 28th July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       24th - 28th July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £175
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a third century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, East Sussex. FIeld school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated outbuildings and other features.   This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Rudling and the Sussex School of Archaeology into Romano-British rural settlements and land-use in the Sussex Ouse valley, and builds upon earlier research and training projects at the Barcombe and Beddingham villa sites which both yielded evidence for settlement development from Iron Age type timber roundhouses.
 
This course covers different aspects of archaeology to help you gain an understanding of the discipline.  You will receive guidance on health and safety;  practical training in excavation techniques; learn how to recognize archaeological finds and types; how to record archaeology and understand contexts; how to survey a site and draw plans and sections; the basics of environmental sampling and archaeological photography.

The course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                17th - 21st July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       17th - 21st July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £175
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a third century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, East Sussex. FIeld school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated outbuildings and other features.   This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Rudling and the Sussex School of Archaeology into Romano-British rural settlements and land-use in the Sussex Ouse valley, and builds upon earlier research and training projects at the Barcombe and Beddingham villa sites which both yielded evidence for settlement development from Iron Age type timber roundhouses.
 
This course covers different aspects of archaeology to help you gain an understanding of the discipline.  You will receive guidance on health and safety;  practical training in excavation techniques; learn how to recognize archaeological finds and types; how to record archaeology and understand contexts; how to survey a site and draw plans and sections; the basics of environmental sampling and archaeological photography.

The course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                10th - 14th July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       10th - 14th July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £175
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a third century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, East Sussex. FIeld school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated outbuildings and other features.   This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Rudling and the Sussex School of Archaeology into Romano-British rural settlements and land-use in the Sussex Ouse valley, and builds upon earlier research and training projects at the Barcombe and Beddingham villa sites which both yielded evidence for settlement development from Iron Age type timber roundhouses.
 
This course covers different aspects of archaeology to help you gain an understanding of the discipline.  You will receive guidance on health and safety;  practical training in excavation techniques; learn how to recognize archaeological finds and types; how to record archaeology and understand contexts; how to survey a site and draw plans and sections; the basics of environmental sampling and archaeological photography.

The course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

Excavation Techniques Training Course

The Sussex School of Archaeology                3rd - 7th July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       3rd - 7th July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £175
The Sussex School of Archaeology is offering an archaeological field school at a third century AD Romano-British villa site located at the foot of the South Downs in the grounds of Plumpton College, East Sussex. FIeld school participants will excavate in and around the villa foundations and search for associated outbuildings and other features.   This excavation is part of ongoing research by Dr. Rudling and the Sussex School of Archaeology into Romano-British rural settlements and land-use in the Sussex Ouse valley, and builds upon earlier research and training projects at the Barcombe and Beddingham villa sites which both yielded evidence for settlement development from Iron Age type timber roundhouses.
 
This course covers different aspects of archaeology to help you gain an understanding of the discipline.  You will receive guidance on health and safety;  practical training in excavation techniques; learn how to recognize archaeological finds and types; how to record archaeology and understand contexts; how to survey a site and draw plans and sections; the basics of environmental sampling and archaeological photography.

The course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

One Day Introduction to Archaeology

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 29th July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       Saturday 29th July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £40
Join us at the site of Roman villa for this one day course which has been designed to give you an insight into the methods of archaeological fieldwork.

You will be given an introduction to the Roman villa site, learn how it was discovered and explore the results of former field work projects at the site, including geophysical surveys and past excavations, followed by:
? A site tour;
? A talk on the types of tools used in archaeological excavation and a demonstration of their safe use;
? A talk on the fundamental principle of stratigraphy, as demonstrated through an exercise;
? Exercises on the various ways to use heavy digging equipment, such as a mattock;
? An exercise on how to trowel, whilst keeping an eye out for archaeological features;
? An exercise on how to excavate an archaeological feature through cross-sectioning; and
? A demonstration on how to photograph, draw and fully record an excavated feature.
By the end of this fun-packed day, you will have gained a better understanding of what it is to be an archaeologist!

This course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal Experience Day present or a toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

?Please contact us on 01323 811785 or info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or download the booking form from www.sussexarchaeology.org for further details.

One Day Introduction to Archaeology

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 22nd July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       Saturday 22nd July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £40
Join us at the site of Roman villa for this one day course which has been designed to give you an insight into the methods of archaeological fieldwork.

You will be given an introduction to the Roman villa site, learn how it was discovered and explore the results of former field work projects at the site, including geophysical surveys and past excavations, followed by:
? A site tour;
? A talk on the types of tools used in archaeological excavation and a demonstration of their safe use;
? A talk on the fundamental principle of stratigraphy, as demonstrated through an exercise;
? Exercises on the various ways to use heavy digging equipment, such as a mattock;
? An exercise on how to trowel, whilst keeping an eye out for archaeological features;
? An exercise on how to excavate an archaeological feature through cross-sectioning; and
? A demonstration on how to photograph, draw and fully record an excavated feature.
By the end of this fun-packed day, you will have gained a better understanding of what it is to be an archaeologist!

This course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal Experience Day present or a toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

?Please contact us on 01323 811785 or info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or download the booking form from www.sussexarchaeology.org for further details.

One Day Introduction to Archaeology

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 15th July 2017
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       Saturday 15th July 2017
   Archaeological Introduction
   £40
Join us at the site of Roman villa for this one day course which has been designed to give you an insight into the methods of archaeological fieldwork.

You will be given an introduction to the Roman villa site, learn how it was discovered and explore the results of former field work projects at the site, including geophysical surveys and past excavations, followed by:
? A site tour;
? A talk on the types of tools used in archaeological excavation and a demonstration of their safe use;
? A talk on the fundamental principle of stratigraphy, as demonstrated through an exercise;
? Exercises on the various ways to use heavy digging equipment, such as a mattock;
? An exercise on how to trowel, whilst keeping an eye out for archaeological features;
? An exercise on how to excavate an archaeological feature through cross-sectioning; and
? A demonstration on how to photograph, draw and fully record an excavated feature.
By the end of this fun-packed day, you will have gained a better understanding of what it is to be an archaeologist!

This course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal Experience Day present or a toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

?Please contact us on 01323 811785 or info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or download the booking form from www.sussexarchaeology.org for further details.

One Day Introduction to Archaeology

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 8th July
   Plumpton College, East Sussex       Saturday 8th July
   Archaeological Introduction
   £40
Join us at the site of Roman villa for this one day course which has been designed to give you an insight into the methods of archaeological fieldwork.

You will be given an introduction to the Roman villa site, learn how it was discovered and explore the results of former field work projects at the site, including geophysical surveys and past excavations, followed by:
? A site tour;
? A talk on the types of tools used in archaeological excavation and a demonstration of their safe use;
? A talk on the fundamental principle of stratigraphy, as demonstrated through an exercise;
? Exercises on the various ways to use heavy digging equipment, such as a mattock;
? An exercise on how to trowel, whilst keeping an eye out for archaeological features;
? An exercise on how to excavate an archaeological feature through cross-sectioning; and
? A demonstration on how to photograph, draw and fully record an excavated feature.
By the end of this fun-packed day, you will have gained a better understanding of what it is to be an archaeologist!

This course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal Experience Day present or a toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

?Please contact us on 01323 811785 or info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or download the booking form from www.sussexarchaeology.org for further details.

One Day Introduction to Archaeology

The Sussex School of Archaeology                Saturday 1st July
   Plumpton COllege, East Sussex       Saturday 1st July
   Archaeological Introduction
   £40
Join us at the site of Roman villa for this one day course which has been designed to give you an insight into the methods of archaeological fieldwork.

You will be given an introduction to the Roman villa site, learn how it was discovered and explore the results of former field work projects at the site, including geophysical surveys and past excavations, followed by:
? A site tour;
? A talk on the types of tools used in archaeological excavation and a demonstration of their safe use;
? A talk on the fundamental principle of stratigraphy, as demonstrated through an exercise;
? Exercises on the various ways to use heavy digging equipment, such as a mattock;
? An exercise on how to trowel, whilst keeping an eye out for archaeological features;
? An exercise on how to excavate an archaeological feature through cross-sectioning; and
? A demonstration on how to photograph, draw and fully record an excavated feature.

By the end of this fun-packed day, you will have gained a better understanding of what it is to be an archaeologist!

This course is suitable for beginners and would make an ideal Experience Day present or a toe-in-the-water experience for anyone looking for a new hobby or thinking about studying archaeology or searching for a career change. 

?Please contact us on 01323 811785 or info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or download the booking form from www.sussexarchaeology.org for further details.

An Introduction to Human Evolution

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: 29th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: 29th July 2017
   Introductory
   £40

An Introduction to Human Evolution

Date: 29th July 2017  

 Archaeology is the study of past societies through the material they have left behind. This includes not only broken pots and food debris buried in the ground, but also buildings still standing above ground – from medieval churches through 17th-century houses to Second World War pillboxes. 

On this course we will be examining the materials used, regional variations, the form of different buildings and how this relates to their function, as well as documentary sources of evidence that shed light on the buildings, such as maps, probate inventories and drawings. 

Virtually no building remains unaltered during its lifetime: we will be looking at the evidence for alterations and the reasons behind them, whether for practical or aesthetic reasons, or, in the case of churches, for liturgical reasons. Some of the course will be classroom-based, some will be in the field looking at buildings in the villages of Sedgeford and in the surrounding area. 

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Fees

£40

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Every Day Life in Anglo-Saxon Sedgeford

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: August 9th - 11th, 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: August 9th - 11th, 2017
   Introductory
   £100

Every Day Life in Anglo-Saxon Sedgeford

Date: August 9th - 11th, 2017
 
In this short course we will relate the evidence uncovered on the Boneyard and Chalkpit Field sites to the actual lived experience of the people of Sedgeford in the Middle Saxon period.

Over three days we will cover The Farming Year, Homes and Households, Food and Eating, Dressing and Display, Crafts and Industries, and Religion, Superstition and Ritual. We will divide our time between illustrated lectures, discussions and hands on work including exploring the landscape, collecting and using natural materials and handling replicas, and we will make extensive use of the Sedgeford archive to look at finds and features on archaeological sites and how they can be interpreted to tell the stories of real people.

On the Saturday morning following the course, if enough transport is available and members wish it, there will be a group visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village near Thetford. This will be paid for separately and arranged during the course.

Course Duration

3 Days

Course Fees 

£100

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Archaeological Building Investigation and Recording

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date - w/c 30th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date - w/c 30th July 2017
   Introductory
   £240-350

Archaeological Building Investigation and Recording

Date - w/c 30th July 2017 

This course is aimed at those with an interest in historic buildings and are interested in knowing more about recording them for preservation. This week-long course aims to have an accurate recording of a building within the Parish of Sedgeford together with its setting and establish its archaeological significance.

It is not intended (in the interim) that there would be any excavation involved with the chosen building but the course would be looking to:

  1. Examine the construction together with comparison of modern techniques.
  2. Establishing not only the approximate date of construction and the original usage but recording any artefacts which exist. (This would include sketches and photographs)
  3. Taking notes of any alterations to the original building and attempt to establish the reasoning. (Again taking sketches and photographs)
  4. Following appraisal and understanding of the project in hand take full measurements to establish:
  5. Both internal and external dimensions together with all features. Accurate measurements will be taken with notes.
Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fees 

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

*Departures and arrivals are on Saturdays and the only food provided is the evening BBQ.

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Understanding of Medieval Landscapes & How They Were Managed

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: w/c 9th July, 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: w/c 9th July, 2017
   Introductory
   £240-350

Understanding of Medieval Landscapes & How They Were Managed

Date: w/c 9th July, 2017  
 
From documentary sources and SHARP’s previous investigations of the medieval period, you will gain an insight into how the surrounding landscape was managed when the principal manors of Sedgeford were under the control of Norwich Cathedral Priory.
 
Through a series of interactive lectures and working alongside our archaeologists at either a medieval manor or waterside industrial site, by the end of the course, you will;

  • Be able to recognise key features of the medieval and post-medieval landscape.
  • Understand how the landscape was manipulated and managed by its’ owners.
  • Have contributed, through project work, to the future direction of SHARP’s investigation of Medieval Sedgeford.

No prior archaeological experience or knowledge of the medieval period is required for you to join us, as our team will guide you through the practical skills needed and the historical background to medieval Sedgeford & beyond!

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fees 

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.


*Departures and arrivals are on Saturdays and the only food provided is the evening BBQ

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Landscape Archaeology

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: w/c 2nd July, 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: w/c 2nd July, 2017
   Introductory
   £240-350

Landscape Archaeology

Date: w/c 2nd July, 2017
 
This course will provide a practical introduction to landscape archaeology, based on the Sedgeford landscape and its location in North-West Norfolk.

Combining taught sessions (including a brief overview of settlement and field patterns), document and desktop research, and guided fieldwork, students will be able to experience a range of techniques used in the study of landscape. These will include: the use of archive material, maps, aerial photographs, place and field name studies, the internet, basic computer mapping, and field survey work, including the use of GPS for recording.

Experience of the local landscape is paramount in understanding how past societies interacted with their landscape, the fundamental stage on which people acted out their lives. The interaction between people and their landscape often leaves fragments of those actions, and from those clues the landscape archaeologist can begin to build up a picture of landscape change through time, and of the lives of the people that were such an important part of that process. As with all our courses, participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

As with all our courses, participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fees 

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

*Departures and arrivals are on Saturdays and the only food provided is the evening BBQ

Number of places

12

To book a place on this course click here


Further Studies in Human Remains

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: w/c 23rd July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: w/c 23rd July 2017
   Advanced
   £200-290

Further Studies in Human Remains

Date: w/c 23rd July 2017 

This is a second level course, and will explore the study of human remains in greater depth.  We will focus on the more complex areas of osteoarchaeology such as development. Participants will have the opportunity for practical study of juvenile remains of a range of ages.

There will be more detailed exploration of pathology and the effects of soft tissues and movement on the skeleton, and these will include practical exercises for analysis and recording. We will also cover burial practices and what we can learn about these from the skeletal material, and discuss the newer lab-based types of osteoarchaeological analysis that can be done.

This will involve theory teaching and seminars, as well as “hands on” work on the identification, analysis and recording of human bones that have been excavated at Sedgeford.

N.B. This is a second level course. Potential attendees are expected to have a basic level of knowledge about skeletal anatomy and the studying of human remains. This could include previous attendance at the SHARP “Studying Bones – an Introduction to Osteoarchaeology” course, the SHARP “Archaeology of Human Remains: Introductory Course”, or equivalent course or experience elsewhere. For students who have completed the “Studying Bones” course, the content will all be new. For those who have completed the “Human Remains: Introductory Course”, there will be some revision and repetition.

This is a five-day course as Sunday 7th August will be our Annual Open Day and the course facilities will be unavailable. The welcome evening and barbecue remains on the Saturday. If you have previously attended SHARP you will know how things work and are welcome to join as a volunteer or visitor for the day. If you are new to SHARP feel free to join us for our Annual Open Day and learn about

Course Duration

5 Days

Course Fees

Full rate - £290 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £235 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £200 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

Number of places

12

To book a place on this course click here


An Introduction to Human Remains

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                Date: w/c 16th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       Date: w/c 16th July 2017
   Introductory
   £240-350

An Introduction to Human Remains

In the 1950s, and during SHARP’s tenure, over 300 skeletons have been excavated from Boneyard. From these remains of the ancient Sedgeford people we can learn a great deal about past lives and experiences. SHARP offers an exceptional opportunity to learn how to carry out the archaeological interpretation of ancient human remains. 

The course covers basic anatomy, determination of age and sex, dentition and palaeopathology, as well as recording methods. The class will discuss the ethical aspect of studying human remains and will take the first step towards interpreting population data. Excavation on the Boneyard site has now come to a halt and we are moving into the post- excavation phase. The course will cover the basics of producing and presenting an osteological report on the data recorded during the week. 

No previous experience or knowledge of human skeletal biology, or archaeological excavation, is required, although an understanding of the principles of archaeological investigation is helpful. This course offers the opportunity for first hand study of human skeletal remains using skeletons excavated from the Boneyard site. As with all our courses, participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. 

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fees

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Environmental Archaeology

Sedgefrod Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                w/c 16th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       w/c 16th July 2017
   Introductory
   £240-350

Environmental Archaeology

This course will be focused on acquiring a wide range of knowledge on the environment of Britain during the many centuries of occupation at Sedgeford. Specifically, we will focus on the environment of Norfolk using the abundance of reference material collected at Sedgeford. We will be covering the essential skills required to ascertain human relationships with their environment including topics such as food procurement, animal husbandry and farming techniques.

We will divide our time between lectures and “hands on” work where you will learn the skeletal anatomy of different types of animals as well as identification through a microscope of micro flora and fauna. We will use the Sedgeford archive to take a look at how animal assemblages and micro-flora finds can be interpreted.

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fee - course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £280 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

Number of places

8

To book a place on this course click here


Archaeo-metallurgy

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                2nd July – 7th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       2nd July – 7th July 2017
   Introductory
   Course Fee £240-350

Due to the nature of the practical experiments we cannot take anyone under the age of 18 on this course.

This course is primarily a practical course. There will be a guided experimental project to construct an actual working furnace. Participants will be preparing ores, and fuel, assisting in building a furnace and will also be involved in running the furnace itself. It is an ideal opportunity to learn about the principals and techniques of archaeometallurgy and also participate in a live project.

There will also be an opportunity and materials for participants to cast small copper alloy objects to take home. There will also be practical handling sessions, looking at archaeological examples of metalworking residues. The Archaeometallurgy course will also comprise of informal on-site discussions which will introduce all aspects of the prehistoric and historic production of metal, along with the human relationship that developed with this process. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Collecting and processing the raw materials
  • Origin of metallurgy
  • Copper alloys, melting, casting and working
  • Precious metals
  • Iron smelting and furnaces
  • Iron smithing and the production of objects
  • The hidden and human aspects to metal production
  • The science behind archaeometallurgy, a look at x-radiography, metallography and chemical analysis

What to bring

Clothing that you are prepared to get very dirty. Wellies are essential for mixing the furnace clay. Suitable footwear for on site during the activities. For those with long hair please bring something to tie it back with. Creative ideas for small items to make.

Archaeometallurgy reading

Many of the main text books are now out of print and hard to come by. But if you can get a copy of the following (at a reasonable price) the majority of the information is still relevant

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fee

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £280 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision. 

Number of places

12

To book a place on this course click here


Basic Excavation & Recording Techniqes (BERT)

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)                w/c 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2017
   Sedgeford, Norfolk       w/c 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2017
   Introductory
   On Site, Full (camping) - £350 - Includes course fee, all meals* and drinks, tent pitch, site facilities (showers, toilets etc.) and supervision.

Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques
 

Giving a basic grounding in the principles and techniques involved in field archaeology, this course is aimed at those who have never dug before, whether they are ‘A’ level students, undergraduates, or those of any age who just have a fascination with the past.

The course will cover a wide range of subjects involved in the archaeological process, from the aims of archaeology and the terminology used on site to the specifics of tool use, excavation, finds and environmental processing and the creation of the drawn, written and photographic record.

The course comprises of short informal on-site seminars in which everyone is encouraged to actively participate, and on-site practical experience where students will participate fully in the day-to-day progress of our main excavation. Supervisors endeavour to ensure as much experience on trench as possible.

Course Duration

6 Days

Course Fees 

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.

*Departures and arrivals are on Saturdays and the only food provided is the evening BBQ.

Number of places

15

Get a discount on our excavation rates when you book your BERT course

Students are recommended to stay on for an extra week to consolidate their experience and apply what they have learnt. If you book a week’s excavation to follow on from your BERT course, you can get a special discount on the normal excavation rate.

 

TypeNormal excavation rateDiscounted rate when booked with BERT course
Full £200£180
Concession £160£140
Off-site£90£70

 

 

To book a place on this course click here


First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 24th March 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 24th March 2018
   Introductory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
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.

First Steps in Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 13th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 13th January 2018
   Introductory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
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.

Who do we think we are? The archaeology of migration, nationality and ethnicity

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 10th March 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 10th March 2017
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)

Modern humans first ventured out of Africa around 100,000 years ago, into a world already populated by earlier species such as Neanderthals. Since that time, the human race has divided and defined itself along lines of race, culture, religion, language or nation. Tribalism seems to be deeply embedded in the human psyche. The concept of ethnicity has developed to define distinct groups that share a common culture, religion, language or national identity, whilst the migration of groups, in the past and the present, is often a source of conflict, but also of rapid and dynamic change, for better or for worse.

Migration and identity have often been a focus of interest for archaeologists and historians, not always with positive results. And with the widespread popularity of inexpensive DNA testing, growing numbers of people are now being provided with data that aims to provide a detailed break-down of their own genetic history.

With such topics remaining as contentious as ever, this course explores and discusses these issues from an archaeological perspective, with a focus on what archaeological evidence can contribute to our understanding of human ethnic identity and migration. Topics covered include: the migration of modern humans out of Africa; evidence for migration in the archaeological record; the cultural impact of migration; migration as an explanation for change; evidence from ancient DNA; interpreting modern DNA sampling; ethnicity as an aspect of human identity. Whether you consider yourself a Citizen of the World or a confirmed Brexiteer, come along and join a lively discussion about who you, and we, really are.


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018
   CPD/Training
   £180 (£175 Friends of CAT)

The study of plant and animal remains from 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 session sorting 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 bones of fish, bird and mammals, invertebrates and charred plant remains, mainly using examples from CAT sites. This will include hands-on sessions with a variety of remains. The course will conclude with examples of how combining information from various sources can be used to visualise ancient environments.

DAY 1

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.

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

DAY 2

  • Investigating what vertebrate remains can tell you about the past, including examples from CAT sites.
  • Insect remains.

PRACTICAL SESSIONS
With vertebrate and insect remains.

DAY 3

  • Investigating charred plant remains.
  • Use of indicator groups.
  • Multi-proxy studies to visualise ancient environments.

PRACTICAL SESSION
With charred plant remains.


Understanding and recording stratigraphy

Canterbury Archaeological Trust`                Saturday 24th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 24th February 2018
   CPD
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
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.

Medieval and Tudor Canterbury

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 17th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 17th February 2018
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
Drawing on work previously undertaken by the Trust and documentary sources, this one-day course will provide students with the opportunity to explore Canterbury’s development from the Black Death (c.1350) to the Reformation (c.1550). This period witnessed a resurgence of pilgrimage and its dramatic ending, the building of great inns and the introduction of such features as chimneys, and considerable changes to the lives of ordinary townsfolk at work, at play and in their religious worship. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will learn about the city, its citizens and their communities of ward and parish, as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of primary sources.

The Archaeology of Death

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018
   CPD (2 days)
   £80 (£75 Friends of CAT)
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.

Archaeological Report Writing

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 20th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 20th January 2018
   CPD
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
This course will provide a step-by-step guide to the preparation and writing of archaeological reports, covering the key information that should be included. Students will be introduced to the different levels of archaeological reports, from reports of negative results, through interim, assessment, analysis and publication reports. The course will also explore the different options for publication and dissemination, including ‘grey literature’, online, journal articles and monographs. Templates for different types of reports will be provided, along with examples of short reports.

My place in history: an introduction to Desk Based Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 6th January 2018
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 6th January 2018
   Introductory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
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.

Roman pottery: an introduction

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 2nd December 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 2nd December 2017
   Introdutory
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
Pottery is one of the key types of evidence recovered by archaeologists, crucial not just as a tool for dating but also as evidence of the types of activity at a site, and for trade between sites and regions. This course will provide an introduction to the identification and study of Roman pottery. Drawing upon CAT’s pottery fabric series and extensive collections, students will be guided through the main types of Roman pottery found in Britain, including both imported wares, the major Romano-British industries, and locally produced wares.

Pottery identification: a beginner's guide

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 25th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 25th November 2017
   Introductory course
   £45 (£40 for Friends of CAT)
Drawing on the Trust’s extensive collections of material excavated from Canterbury sites and elsewhere in Kent, we will be illustrating some of the key developments in ceramic technologies and styles from the prehistoric to post-medieval periods in Britain. The day will include a series of presentations and opportunities to handle, examine and compare pottery from the principal periods of the past three millennia. By the end of the day we hope you will be able to recognise some key differences between pottery types – and that you will also have learnt something about the difficulties involved in identifying and dating archaeological ceramics.

Medieval East Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 18th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 18th November 2017
   General Interest
   £45 (£40 Friends of CAT)
East Kent was important in the story of medieval England, and this course will take a fresh look at the archaeology of the area dating from the Norman Conquest through to the early Tudor period. Through a series of lectures, the course will cover a number of urban case studies over time, including Canterbury and important Cinque Ports in the vicinity, and also rural lives. An underlying principle of the course is to begin to understand both the formative, and the distinctly ‘foreign’, aspects of local medieval life at a turning point in history.

Dark Age Canterbury: the death and rebirth of a city

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 4th November 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 4th November 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
In the last years of Roman Britain the city of Durovernum appears to have undergone rapid collapse, with bodies remaining unburied and the streets becoming choked with debris. By the late fourth or early fifth century, it may have largely ceased to function as an urban centre. Yet, by the end of the sixth century, the place that would become the city of Canterbury was again a centre of power, this time for the Kentish royal dynasty and the newly arrived Christian church. This course will explore in detail how this sudden death and rebirth of a city took place, drawing on historical and archaeological evidence, including over four decades of work by Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Much of the archaeological evidence is yet to be fully published, and throws new light on this dark and seismic period in the story of Canterbury.

Durovernon and Durovernum: Iron Age and early Roman Canterbury

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 21st October 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU.       Saturday 21st October 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
Investigating the origins of Canterbury, one of the first towns in Britain, starting from an Iron Age centre with probable religious significance and going through numerous changes to become the late Roman town which bequeathed its form to later versions of the city. This is a 500 year story which we now begin to understand in far greater detail through recent finds of superb archaeological evidence.

Roman Britain and the Romano-British

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 7th October 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury. CT1 2LU       Saturday 7th October 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
Strange as it may seem, there were never that many Romans, relatively speaking, in Roman Britain! There were always many more people we would now call ‘Romano-British’, people of often native descent who, over half a millennium, formulated their own versions of ‘Romaness’ in all areas of life. Actual Romans, themselves an increasingly mixed bunch, might have seen many of these provincial attempts to ‘fit in’ as quite a joke! From our point of view, it is the (often regionally varied) mix of cultural traits that makes the study of the Romano-British, the real people of Roman Britain, so fascinating.

Supporting history in the Primary School

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Tuesday 3rd October 2017
   Canterbury       Tuesday 3rd October 2017
   Education Training
   £80.00 (£75.00 Friends of CAT)

If you are an EYFS, KS 1 or KS 2 teacher, History Co-ordinator, home schooler, or History/Archaeology club leader, there should be something of interest for you on this interactive day course.

We will be looking at:

  • how Archaeology and artefacts (or more correctly ‘finds’ ) can support History and cross-curricular teaching and learning in your classroom;
  • our extensive range of handling collections for loan county-wide plus digital materials;
  • recent resources to support Local Studies or elements of British History featuring the Dover Bronze Age Boat, Folkestone’s Vanishing Roman villa and Anglo-Saxon Lyminge;
  • using toys and stories to develop History skills in very young children and help meet Early Learning Goals.

Tutor: Marion Green.
Marion is CAT’s Education Officer. She is experienced in working with primary school pupils and teachers in Kent and with student teachers in training at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Prehistoric Kent

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 30th September 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury, CT1 2LU.       Saturday 30th September 2017
   General Interest
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
This one-day course will cover the prehistory of Kent, a period of over half a million years. The course will trace the development of the Kentish landscape itself from the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) onwards, including the formation of the Channel and the severing of the last land-bridge to the Continent. The introduction of farming, along with the creation of monuments, changing attitudes to and treatment of the dead, introduction of metal working and other technologies, and development of settlements, long distance links, and society will be among the many topics considered. The course will be illustrated with case studies and finds drawn from the Trust’s archives.

First Steps In Archaeology

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                Saturday 23rd September 2017
   Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury, CT1 2LU.       Saturday 23rd September 2017
   Introduction to archaeology
   £45.00 (£40.00 Friends of CAT)
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. This popular course is repeated in January and March.

We Dig the Castle

Trent and Peak Archaeology, Historic England, and Nottingham City Council                Monday 17 July - Friday 18 August (weekdays)
   Nottingham       Monday 17 July - Friday 18 August (weekdays)
   Fieldschool/ training excavation
   Varies by duration and eligibility for discounts
We Dig the Castle 2017 – Nottingham Castle, England
17 July – 18 August
 
We Dig the Castle offers a variety of courses, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-5 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 how their abilities have developed.  
 
It returns for 2017 on weekdays between 17 July and 18 August, with a family day on 22 July and a Saturday training session on 5 August.
 
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Organic and inorganic finds
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You’ll work with experienced field archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, including our Community Archaeologist. A variety of experts from both Trent & Peak Archaeology and the wider archaeological community will join us for specialist tutorials and workshops.   
 
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 with high staff to trainee ratios. Trainees will work alongside professional archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology and join in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists.
 
We have an established reputation and strong working relationships with a number of archaeology departments, and are experienced in completing the placement journals that may be required by your university. In 2015 and 2016 students from universities from across the UK and from abroad came to train with We Dig the Castle.  
 
The site: This is a unique chance to be part of an excavation of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, on a site famous across the world. This is your opportunity to discover an almost unknown area of Nottingham Castle. 2017 trainees will be excavating at a new lower level, with the possibility of uncovering the castle's first evidence of the English Civil War.
 
Find out more: tparchaeology.co.uk/wedigthecastle.htm
Contact: Alison, on 011 44 8967400 or at nottinghamcastle@yorkat.co.uk
Book online: YAT.digitickets.co.uk
 

Exploring Palaeoenvironments

University of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany and Geoarchaeology research teams                14-15 September 2017
   Department of Archaeology, North Gate House, Sheffield       14-15 September 2017
   Introductory
   £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 II

University of Sheffield, Zooarchaeology research team                11-13 September 2017
   Department of Archaeology, Northgate House, Sheffield       11-13 September 2017
   Advanced
   £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 Significance

Oxford University Dept for Continuing Education                Wednesday 5-Friday 7 July 2017
   Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA       Wednesday 5-Friday 7 July 2017
   3 day cpd
   £455
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

Advanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals

PTS Consultancy (with Air Photo Services)                12-13th October 2017
   Swindon       12-13th October 2017
   Advanced GIS and Data Management, 2-day course
   £500

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!


East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School

Canterbury Archaeological Trust                10th July-5th August 2017
   East Wear Bay, Folkestone, Kent       10th July-5th August 2017
   Field School
   £65-£720

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.     http://www.eastwearbay.co.uk

Come and join us in our third season to discover more about the archaeology of this incredible site!




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