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Archaeology courses

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The course programme for 2018/19

Date Activity/event
22nd September 2018 First steps in archaeology (1)
29th September 2018 Prehistoric Kent
13th October 2018 Crash Course in Roman Britain
27th–28th October 2018 A basic introduction to animal bone (1) NEW
19th January 2019 First steps in archaeology (2)
26th January 2019 Archaeological report writing
2nd–3rd February 2019 The archaeology of death
9th–10th February 2019 A basic introduction to animal bone (2) NEW
23rd February 2019 Understanding and recording stratigraphy
1st–3rd March 2019 Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology
9th March 2019 Who do we think we are? The archaeology of migration, nationality and ethnicity
23rd March 2019 First steps in archaeology (3)
6th April 2019 Exploring the Medieval and Early Tudor Cinque Ports  NEW

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

Date:Saturday 22nd September 2018

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Prehistoric Kent

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.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Date: Saturday 29th September 2018

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

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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A basic introduction to animal bone (1)

NEW TWO-DAY COURSE

Animal bones and teeth are some of the commonest and most visible remains on many archaeological sites. Their study can tell us much about ancient societies, including diet, economic status, the use of secondary products such as wool, leather, pelts and horn, and peoples’ attitudes towards the wild and domestic animals around them. The two-day course introduces the basic techniques used in the study of bone assemblages, with case-studies providing examples of some of the information that can be obtained. Practical sessions will familiarise participants with mammal, bird and fish skeletons, methods of ageing and sexing, and recognition of pathology and butchery.

Tutors: Enid Allison and Åsa Pehrson

Date: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018

Fee: £80 (£75 for FCAT)

BOOKING CLOSED


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: Andrew Richardson

Date: Saturday 19th January 2019

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

Date: Saturday 26th January 2019

Fee: £45 (£40 for Friends of CAT)

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The archaeology of death

TWO-DAY COURSE

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.

Tutor: Jake Weekes

Date: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019

Fee: £80 (£75 for FCAT)

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A basic introduction to animal bone (2)

NEW TWO-DAY COURSE

Animal bones and teeth are some of the commonest and most visible remains on many archaeological sites. Their study can tell us much about ancient societies, including diet, economic status, the use of secondary products such as wool, leather, pelts and horn, and peoples’ attitudes towards the wild and domestic animals around them. The two-day course introduces the basic techniques used in the study of bone assemblages, with case-studies providing examples of some of the information that can be obtained. Practical sessions will familiarise participants with mammal, bird and fish skeletons, methods of ageing and sexing, and recognition of pathology and butchery.

Tutors: Enid Allison and Åsa Pehrson

Date: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 2019

Fee: £80 (£75 for FCAT)

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Understanding and recording stratigraphy

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

Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

THREE-DAY COURSE

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.

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 invertebrate remains can tell you about the past

PRACTICAL SESSIONS
On insects and molluscs

DAY 3

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

PRACTICAL SESSION
Charred plant remains

Tutors: Enid Allison, Alex Vokes and Hazel Mosley

Date: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019

Fee: £180 (£175 for FCAT)

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

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.

Tutors: Martin Crowther and Andrew Richardson

Date: Saturday 9th March 2019.

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

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2019

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Exploring the Medieval and Early Tudor Cinque Ports

NEW COURSE

Drawing on work previously undertaken by the Trust and documentary sources, this one-day course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the development of the Kentish Cinque Ports from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation, with a special emphasis on the later Middle Ages. This period saw the Cinque Ports reach their pinnacle of importance to the Crown, yet was also a time when the Ports had to defend their privileged status against outside lords such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the abbot of Battle Abbey. Many Cinque Ports still contain medieval and 16th-century buildings, and, as well as churches and guildhalls, there are fine examples of the houses which belonged to merchants and craftsmen who lived, worked and worshiped in these towns. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will learn about the Ports, their citizens and communities of ward and parish, as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of primary sources.

Tutor: Sheila Sweetinburgh

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)

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Friends of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust FCAT (Friends of the 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.
Practical and engaging, included multi-media resources to maintain interest and accommodated different learning styles … It motivated me to want to expose my children to the experiences Marion spoke about.” Key Stage 2 teacher.
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

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.
Use the add to cart button, or contact annie.partridge@canterburytrust.co.uk to book a place.

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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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