ABOUT THE COURSE
Environmental archaeology is the science of reconstructing the relationships between past societies and the environments they lived in and is vitally important for understanding the lifeways of the people who have lived at Sedgeford over its centuries of occupation.
This course will give a general overview of environmental archaeology and how it fits within the wider picture of the dig.
Using the abundant reference material collected at Sedgeford, we will cover the essential skills necessary for practising environmental archaeology, focusing particularly on archaeobotany – the study of ancient plant remains. Using archaeobotanical analysis, we can come to understand ancient farming and cereal processing techniques.
We will divide our time between teaching and more “hands on” work. Practical work will include floatation of soil samples and sorting of the resulting dried residue.
A particular emphasis of the course will be on identification of the charred (burnt) seeds taken from the malting complex at the Sedgeford site. Excitingly, this helps us understand malting techniques used here during the mid-Anglo-Saxon period.
We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Enviro’ hut in 2020!
Week 2 - w/c 5th July, 2020
On Site Full - £430
On Site Concession - £340
Off Site - £290