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ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARCHIVING: Principles & Best Practice

  • Regrettably archiving is a neglected part of the archaeological process but one that each archaeologist is committed to as soon as they undertake any research project, be that fieldwork or desk-based research. It is our responsibility to preserve our work and the archaeological record in perpetuity.


    This day school will introduce students to the basic principles of archaeological archiving, taking them from the planning stages of a project, through the fieldwork or research itself, to post-excavation processes and packaging, and finally through the preparation of an archive for deposition with an archiving repository like a museum.


    Students will be introduced to relevant organisations, documentation, and national and regional Standards and guidelines for work necessary for acceptable archiving. Students will be able to look at examples from SHARP’s own archive and will have the opportunity to work on small projects that will contribute to SHARP’s new archiving programme.


    If you would like to to do this course, but also attend the rest of the week either as a volunteer for excavation or to put what you have learnt into practice with our post ex teams, please email for our discounted rates on the course. We can also offer day rates for camping and meals for those who wish to stay on site either side of the course.

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