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Post-Fieldwork Training School

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Delegates undertaking training with artefacts at the Post-Fieldwork Training School 2022
Delegates undertaking training with artefacts at the Post-Fieldwork Training School 2022 (Credit: Mercian Archaeological Services CIC)

This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. All tuition and training will be carried out under the supervision of experienced tutors, with finds training led by Mercian Archaeological Services’ ceramic specialist, David Budge.

The course is designed to give delegates an understanding of what is involved in the post excavation process for finds, ranging from initial cleaning and processing of the finds as they come out of the ground, through to some of the specialist analysis that finds are subject to, through to illustration and preparation of the finds for publication.

The course is designed to allow delegates to gain experience of handling finds and to develop the ability to look at artefacts critically with a view to recognising the clues that give evidence of what they were used for and that can help to identify them.

The course also provides training in archaeological drawing techniques including preparing plans and/or sections for publication, and training in working with site archives to create site matrices.

Delegates will also learn basic archaeological GIS (Geographic Information Systems) including working with survey data, preparing maps, working with historic mapping, creating layouts, and exporting data.

See website for more information.


Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Region: Midlands
Time period: Other – working with finds of all periods
Accommodation provided: No
Level of experience required: None
Academic credit available: No, but designed around Archaeological Skills Passport
Age limit: All ages, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Dates: 24-28 October 2022
Cost: £450 per person; £350 for students (full- and part-time with NUS)
Contact name: Andy Gaunt
Contact address: Staffordshire House, Beechdale Road, Nottingham, NG8 3FH
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: http://mercian-as.co.uk/postexcavation_fieldschool.html
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