Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future


The course programme for 2016/17

Date Activity/event
24th September 2016 First steps in archaeology (1)
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 March 2017 My place in history
21st March 2017 Supporting history in the primary school
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.

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: Friday 24th February 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)


Putting colour in the past: an introduction to environmental archaeology

This two-day course provides a hands-on introduction to environmental archaeology. The first day will focus on the insights into ancient human societies, agricultural practices and environments, that can be obtained from the study of plant and animal remains recovered from archaeological sites. Practical instruction will be given in the taking and processing of environmental samples to recover biological material, followed by a session sorting dried sample residues that will introduce participants to some of the more commonly recovered remains.

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

Tutors: Enid Allison and Alex Vokes

Date: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017

Fee: £80 (£75 for FCAT)


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

Date: Saturday 11th March 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)


Supporting history in the primary school

New course!

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.

Date: Tuesday 21st March 2017

Fee: £60 (£55 for FCAT)
Please note venue: The Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS


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 25th March 2017

Fee: £45 (£40 for FCAT)


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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

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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