One and two-week courses are designed to give beginners and those with some experience the opportunity to take part in a remarkable working environment and gain an insight into the work of an archaeologist. Whether you are looking to begin a career in archaeology or have simply always wanted to try it, these courses are a fantastic way to get started.
Summer Excavation 2019
2019 DATES TBC
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
A week long course runs from Monday to Friday and the working day is 9.30am until 5pm.
All courses come with a complimentary pass to all of the Jorvik Group attractions.
One week course
The one-week course will begin with an introductory talk about the site, excavation techniques and health and safety, and a site tour. Following this, the hands-on experience of excavation work begins. 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, stratigraphy and pottery dating and recognition will take place on each day. An evening walking tour of the archaeology of York will be included, this provides an opportunity to put the archaeology you have been working on into its local and regional context.
Two week course
Week one of a two week course follows the same format as above, while the second week of the course is more focused on practicing and developing the skills acquired during week one.
Duration Price Returnee/Friends of YAT
Please contact us by email if you would like to make a reservation enquiry. 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.
CIfA National Occupational Standards for Archaeological Practice
NOS are agreed statements of competence which describe the work outcomes required for an individual to achieve the standard expected of them in professional work. They are building blocks of S/NVQs but can be used in a number of other ways. They describe good practice in particular areas of work and can help to identify skills gaps and plan training. Archaeology Live! training courses are designed to compliment these guidelines and to instruct trainees in the core skills that are required on all archaeological projects. One week and longer courses comprehensively cover elements of CCSAPAC5, and will provide a valuable addition to any skills portfolio. Further details on these standards can be found at www.archaeologists.net/development/nos/updating
A useful way to document your progress as you learn new skills is to download our Archaeology Live Skills Checklist.
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).
Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026