BASIC EXCAVATION & RECORDING TECHNIQUES
ABOUT THE COURSE
Our Basic Excavation & Recording Techniques (BERT) courses aims to give a comprehensive grounding in the principles and techniques involved in field archaeology. The course is primarily aimed at those who have never dug before, whether they are ‘A’ level students, undergraduates, or those of any age who just have a fascination with the past. It can also be used by those who may feel that they wish to refresh their skills before venturing back on trench again.
The course covers a wide range of subjects involved in the archaeological process; from the aims of archaeology and the terminology used on site through to the specifics of tool and equipment use, excavation, finds and environmental processing and the creation of the drawn, written and photographic record.
The course also comprises of short informal on-site seminars in which everyone is encouraged to actively participate. And of course there will be digging! From day one you will be working on our main excavation trench, a complex of Anglo-Saxon malting houses, where you will applying and honing your excavation and recording skills.
As part of the course, all students will receive a BAJR (British Archaeological Jobs Resource) archaeology skills passport. The passport is an excellent way of recording (and demonstrating) personal archaeological skills and experience.
W/c 28th June, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th July 2020
On Site Full - £430
On Site Concession - £340
Off Site - £290
JOHN HENSBY MEMORAIL BURSARY
The John Hensby Memorial Bursary was established in 2012 to fund two subsidised places annually for diggers who would not otherwise have the opportunity to excavate for financial reasons.
If you wish to apply for the 2020 Bursary, please write a short statement, including the following:
- the reasons why you wish to apply
- the reasons why you believe you are eligible for the Bursary
- whether you wish to undertake a course or be an on-site volunteer
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st March 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in early May.