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Fantastic training opportunity

Archaeological training bursary:
Folkestone, 20 July to 15 August 2015 

Are you aged between 16-24 years? Do you live in either Shepway or Dover District? Are you interested in archaeology? Would you like to add something extra special to your CV? If you can answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, then you can apply for up to four weeks of FREE training, led by Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School offers high quality, comprehensive, archaeological field training. It is suitable for a wide range for people, from those wishing to start or develop a career in archaeology, to those who want to pursue archaeology as a hobby, or who just want to try new experiences or develop new skill sets. No previous experience is required. The Field School is directed by Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT), a registered charity, with voluntary support from members of the Folkestone Research & Archaeological Group, Folkestone People’s History Centre, Dover Archaeological Group and Kent Archaeological Society. Training is provided by experienced archaeologists drawn from CAT’s professional team.

Fees for taking part in the field school normally range from £45 per day. However, with the generous support of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme, we are able to offer ten free places per week to young people (aged 16-24) who are resident in Shepway or Dover Districts. If you would like to apply for this, simply send a short written statement, explaining why you would like to do the training and giving your name, address, date of birth and preferred dates for attending, either by post or email to:

Dr Andrew Richardson
Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 92a Broad Street, Canterbury CT1 2LU
andrew.richardson@canterburytrust.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Monday 15 June 2015.

Applicants are welcome to apply for up to four weeks of training, but if demand is high then we may have to allocate people one, two or three week slots. However, all successful applicants will receive a minimum of six days training. In addition, all successful applicants will receive their own trowel (essential for any budding archaeologist), hi-vis vest, pair of safety boots and archaeological skills passport (in which to record the skills learnt). These will be yours to keep at the end of your training. We can also provide a packed lunch every day for those who want them, all free of charge!

Successful applicants will be asked to commit to completing their allotted training days and to provide a short piece of work on their experience that we can share as part of the project. This should include a written or verbal statement about what you got from the experience.

Full details about the East Wear Bay field school and project can be found at:
http://www.canterburytrust.co.uk/community_archaeology/east-wear-bay/

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