Training excavation

Training excavation

Training excavations are normally run by University departments or large contractors and employ professional archaeologists in several disciplines to teach the basics of archaeological methodology, including photography, stratigraphy, illustration and draughtsmanship as well as survey, finds treatment and a host of other subjects.

The main element of a Training Excavation is the student or paying volunteer. Often the excavation site is large and rural, and can be worked on over the summer period for several weeks, with many groups arriving over the period for training. Many sites are only excavated due to this type of practice, where development is not pressing for completion and more time can be taken in the long term investigation of the site and training of new archaeologists. The standard of training on an excavation can be variable though, with some sites run by academic archaeologists who are not as up to date with current practice. It is best to check the feedback on sites prior to joining.

External links

In the UK there are many places to work on a training excavation, and three websites provide details:
* [http://www.archaeology.co.uk/directory/index.asp?cat=1 "Current Archaeoogy"]
* [http://www.ukarchaeology.org.uk/ "UK Archaeology Opportunities"]
* [http://www.bajr.org/ "British Archaeological Jobs Resource"]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • British Commonwealth Air Training Plan — Part of Second World War Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, United States …   Wikipedia

  • Archaeological illustration — is the graphical recording of material derived from an archaeological context. Barker 1977] Archaeological Illustration encompasses a number of sub disciplines. These are:* Surveying: To produce an accurate record of sites and buildings and to… …   Wikipedia

  • York Archaeological Trust — The York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research Limited is an educational charity, established in 1972 in the City of York. It carries out archaeological investigations, fieldwork, excavation and research in York, Yorkshire and… …   Wikipedia

  • Castell Henllys — (Welsh, castle of the old court ) is an important archaeological site in north Pembrokeshire, Wales, between Newport and Cardigan. This Iron Age hillfort has been the subject of an ongoing excavation for more than twenty years, accompanied by an… …   Wikipedia

  • Phil Harding (archaeologist) — Phillip Harding is a British field archaeologist. He has become a familiar face on the Channel 4 television series Time Team , his trademarks being his long hair, long and dirty finger nails, battered hat and West Country accent. Trained on… …   Wikipedia

  • Mellor hill fort — Replica roundhouse at Mellor …   Wikipedia

  • ARCHAEOLOGY — The term archaeology is derived from the Greek words archaios ( ancient ) and logos ( knowledge, discourse ) and was already used in ancient Greek literature in reference to the study of ancient times. In its modern sense it has come to mean the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Saint Anselm College — This article is about the college in Goffstown, New Hampshire. For the Roman Catholic grammar school in Merseyside, England, see St. Anselm s College. Saint Anselm College Motto Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini (Latin) Motto in Eng …   Wikipedia

  • archaeology — archaeologist, n. /ahr kee ol euh jee/, n. 1. the scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains, esp. those that have been excavated. 2. Rare …   Universalium

  • India — /in dee euh/, n. 1. Hindi, Bharat. a republic in S Asia: a union comprising 25 states and 7 union territories; formerly a British colony; gained independence Aug. 15, 1947; became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations Jan. 26, 1950.… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”