THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
This course will provide an introduction to the excavation, recording, analysis and interpretation of funerary remains. Students will be instructed in the handling and care of human skeletal material by an osteologist. The course will also explore the place of cemeteries and monuments in the wider landscape and the study of funerary assemblages as a whole, including graves, grave structures and fittings, grave goods and evidence associated with cremations. Emphasis will be placed on how to view all these elements as the visible remains of funeral ceremonies and on how we can seek to reconstruct those ceremonies as fully as possible.
Tutors: Jake Weekes and Sarah Gearey
Saturday 7 February 2015. Fee: £40 (£35 for Friends of CAT).
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
28 February 2015. Fee: £40 (£35 for Friends of CAT).
PROTECTING THE PAST
This course will look at some of the threats faced by heritage, both in the UK and globally. In particular, the focus will be on avoidable human threats caused by conflict, crime and anti-social behaviour. These issues will be explored through a series of case studies from the UK, North Africa and elsewhere which will highlight the scale of the global threat to the world’s heritage. Different responses to preventing and reducing such threats will be considered. Practical guidance will be given on how best to protect sites and on how to deal with crime when it does happen, including forensic approaches to dealing with an archaeological crime scene. The course will be of interest to archaeologists, curators, local government officers, landowners and site custodians, members of the legal and law enforcement communities, and anyone with an interest in preserving our past for future generations.
Tutors: Paul Bennett, Michele Johnson and Andrew Richardson.
Saturday 7 March 2015. Fee: £40 (£35 for Friends of CAT).
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.
Saturday 21 March 2015. Fee: £40 (£35 for Friends of CAT).
ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT WRITING
This course will provide a step-by-step guide to the preparation and writing of archaeological reports, covering the key information that should be included. Students will be introduced to the different levels of archaeological reports, from reports of negative results, through interim, assessment, analysis and publication reports. The course will also explore the different options for publication and dissemination, including ‘grey literature’, online, journal articles and monographs. Templates for different types of reports will be provided, along with examples of short reports.
Tutor: Jake Weekes.
Saturday 28 March 2015. Fee: £40 (£35 for Friends of CAT).
All the courses are held at the Trust’s offices at 92a Broad Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2LU. They run from 10am until 4pm.
Details of how to book can be found here: www.canterburytrust.co.uk/community_archaeology/archaeology-courses/
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