One and Two-week Courses

 
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One and two-week courses are designed to give novices and those with some skills the opportunity to take part in a remarkable working experience and gain an insight into the work of an archaeologist.


We are now taking bookings for the 2014 Archaeology Live! training sessions at All Saints Church, North Street, York.

Spring Session  Monday 31st March - Friday 11th April

Summer session Monday 23rd June - Friday 12th September 

Autumn Session Monday 20th October - Friday 24th October 

A week long course runs from Monday to Friday and the working day is 9.30am until 5pm.

1 week course 

The one-week course will include on the first day introductory talks about the site, excavation techniques and health and safety, and a site tour. Subsequent days will include hands-on experience of excavation work; time will be divided equally between three tasks:

  • Basic digging techniques: trowelling, mattocking, shovelling etc.

  • Site recording: planning, levelling, section drawing and context description.

  • Finds processing: washing, sorting and environmental sample processing.


One-hour seminars by specialists from York Archaeological Trust on topics such as archaeological conservation, artefacts and pottery will take place on most days. An evening walking tour of the archaeology of York will be included.


2 week course

The two-week course will include on the first day introductory talks about the site, excavation techniques and health and safety, and a site tour. Subsequent days will include hands-on experience of excavation work; time will be divided equally between three tasks:

  • Basic digging techniques: trowelling, mattocking, shovelling etc.

  • Site recording: planning, levelling, section drawing and context description

  • Finds processing: washing, sorting and environmental sample processing.


  • One-hour seminars by specialists from York Archaeological Trust on topics such as stratigraphic analysis, archaeological conservation, artefacts and pottery will take place on most days.

    An evening walking tour of the archaeology of York and a tour of York Archaeological Trust's Conservation Laboratory will be included. 


    Cost: 

    Duration

    Price

    Friends of YAT/Returnees

    One Week

    £240

    £220

    Two Week 

    £420

    £380

    Three Week

    £550

    £500

    Four Week

    £650

    £600

    It is possible to do a course which is three or four weeks long, but please contact us beforehand to discuss what your training requirements are. 

    Please contact us by email if you would like to make a reservation enquiry/provisional booking. 

    We have a lower age limit of 16. This is dropped to 14 if accompanied by a parent guardian who is also completing a course.

    Booking forms will be provided when dates/course places have been agreed and reserved.    

    E-mail is preferred, however, if you don't have email access please phone (office hours Mon-Fri 9am to 3 pm). 

    E-mail: trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk

    Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026

    Terms and Conditions

    York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research Limited
    Registered Office: 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX
    A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1430801. Registered Charity No. 509060