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The course programme for 2016/17

Date Activity/event
24th September 2016 First steps in archaeology (1)
Sep to Nov 2016 Canterbury’s Tale evening class
1st October 2016 Prehistoric Kent
29th October 2016 Caesar to Claudius: Britain, Gaul and Rome from 55 BC to AD 43
5th November 2016 A crash course in Roman Britain
19th November 2016 The archaeology of the Kingdom of Kent
26th November 2016 Roman pottery: an introduction
3rd December 2016 Medieval East Kent
14th January 2017 First steps in archaeology (2)
27th January 2017 (Fri) Archaeological report writing
4th February 2017 The archaeology of death
24th February 2017 (Fri) Understanding and recording stratigraphy
4th-5th Mar 2017 (Sat/Sun) Putting colour in the past: An introduction to environmental archaeology
11th Mar 2017 My place in history
25th March 2017 First steps in archaeology (3)

Unless otherwise specified, courses are held at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 92a Broad Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2LU and run from 10.00am – 4.00pm.


First steps in archaeology (1)

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 (see below).

Tutor: Andrew Richardson

Saturday 24th September 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Canterbury’s Tale: The story of a city from the Iron Age to the Tudors

New course!

This series of evening classes will chart the story of Canterbury, from its Late Iron Age origins, through the growth and decline of the Roman city, to its rebirth in the Anglo-Saxon period and emergence as one of the great ecclesiastical centres of the Middle Ages, concluding with the suppression of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Drawing on Canterbury Archaeological Trust’s unique archaeological archives, and taught by some of the Trust’s most experienced and knowledgeable staff, Canterbury’s Tale will tell an unrivalled, and in many cases previously untold, history of this wonderful city.

Tutors: Peter Clark, James Holman, Ross Lane, Jake Weekes, Simon Pratt, Andrew Richardson, Alison Hicks, Paul Bennett, Sheila Sweetinburgh

Ten evening sessions, 6.30-8.30pm every Tuesday from 27th September until 29th November 2016

Fee: £160 (£150 for FCAT) or £20 per session


Prehistoric Kent

New course!

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.

Tutors: James Holman and Jake Weekes

Saturday 1st October 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Caesar to Claudius: Britain, Gaul and Rome from 55 BC TO AD 43

This course provides an in-depth look at the historical and archaeological evidence for the period between Caesar’s conquest of Gaul and expeditions into Britain in the mid-1st century BC, through to the Roman conquest of Britain under the Emperor Claudius in AD 43. This was a transformational period in Britain’s past; as well as marking the transition from prehistory to history, it is a time in which significant social and cultural changes can be traced through the archaeological record, as Iron Age Britain adapts to the arrival of the Romans into North Western Europe.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Saturday 29th October 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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A crash course in Roman Britain

A series of thematic lectures over the course of a day, using extensive visual material, and looking at: the effects of contacts with Rome on society and culture in pre-conquest Britain; the history of the conquest; the formation of urban centres and related impacts on the countryside; the development of Romano-British society and culture as evidenced by material culture in general, art and architecture, religious practice and funerals; and the last years of Roman Britain. Throughout, we will note any interesting comparisons to be made with recent and current colonialism.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Saturday 5th November 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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The archaeology of the Kingdom of Kent

This course will focus on Kent from the 5th to 8th centuries AD. This transformative period saw the end of the Roman province of Britannia and the creation and growth of a series of smaller states across the British Isles, amongst them the kingdom of Kent. The story of this time will be traced through the archaeological evidence, set against the background of historical and other sources. Kent’s place within the wider setting of north-western Europe will be explored, along with questions such as the cultural and ethnic identity of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Kent and the impact of the Conversion. There will also be a ‘hands on’ aspect to the course, with students getting the chance to examine and handle a range of artefacts from the period.

Tutor: Andrew Richardson

Saturday 19th November 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Roman pottery: An introduction

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.

Tutor: Andrew Savage

Saturday 26th November 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for Friends of CAT)

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Medieval East Kent

New course!

East Kent was so 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.

Tutors: James Holman and Jake Weekes

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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First steps in archaeology (2)

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: Annie Partridge

Saturday 14th January 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Archaeological report writing

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.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Friday 27th January 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for Friends of CAT)

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The archaeology of death

This 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: Sarah Gearey and Jake Weekes

Saturday 4th February 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Putting colour in the past: An introduction to environmental archaeology

This two-day course provides a hands-on introduction to environmental archaeology, focussing on the insights into ancient human societies, agricultural practices and environments that can be obtained from the study of plant and animal remains. Practical instruction will be given in the taking and processing of palaeo-environmental samples to recover biological material, followed by a session sorting dried sample residues which will introduce participants to some of the more commonly recovered remains. To complete the weekend, there will be a session on recent environmental work from CAT sites in Kent. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutors: Enid Allison and Alex Vokes

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017

Fee: £80 (£75 for FCAT)

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My place in history

New course!

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.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Saturday 11th March 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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First steps in archaeology (3)

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

Saturday 25th March 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Friends of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust receive a discount on course fees as well as on our publications.If you would like to join the Friends please visit their pages,
or email: friends@canterburytrust.co.uk

 Testimonials

Very good well presented course.” NF.
Plenty of visual material and fast pace kept interest!.” MB.
I enjoyed the mix of interesting lectures/slides with a chance to see and handle the bones as well…..I think this was great value for money and very interesting.” RR.
I knew very little before the course and feel much better informed now…..please put on more such courses. Very enjoyable indeed.” JI
A great introductory course for people who are interested in archaeology. I have learnt lots and will recommend it to anyone interested.” MT.
Background facts, real stories, tour of premises, looking [at] and discussing finds and what they mean. Open and friendly tutor who is an expert”. CK.
Thank you for the excellent day. I’d be pleased to know about more courses/acting as a volunteer.” BC.
Knowledgeable tutor, comfortable venue, pot handling, excellent power point presentation, tour of CAT offices. Friendly and accessible staff. Beautiful booklet. Really enjoyable and informative day.” JI
Very clear, helpful presentation and infinitely more useful than the last pottery course I attended!” EB.
Very enjoyable and greatly enjoyed the enthusiasm and knowledge of the two archaeologists taking the course.” MC
Very enjoyable and informative. Was pleased the lectures were at a level I could understand and included humour!” GC.
I am going to attend many more courses. I have the bug.” MC.

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Useful information

All courses are held at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust,
92a Broad Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2LU. 10.00am – 4.00pm 

Map of Canterbury showing location of CAT offices

Terms and conditions

All courses must be booked and paid for in advance. Fees will only be refunded in exceptional circumstances and will be subject to a £20 administration charge. The Trust reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolments; in such cases the decision will usually be taken one week before the date of the course and in such cases students will be refunded in full.

Canterbury Archaeological Trust was formed in 1975 to undertake excavations, research, publication and the presentation of the results of its work to the public. Employing a core staff of 40 highly qualified field archaeologists and specialists, it is the largest professional archaeological organisation in Kent.
* If you have suggestions for a particular course not covered here, or if you represent a group with specific archaeological training needs, please get in touch and we can discuss bespoke training to meet your requirements.
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