One & two week courses

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

All Saints Cottages border the northern end of the trench.

We are now taking bookings for the 2015 Archaeology Live! training sessions at All Saints Church, North Street, York.

Spring session:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April

Summer session: Monday 22rd June – Friday 11th September

Autumn session: TBC. Contact trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk to express interest.

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

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A Viking spindle whorl unearthed Summer 2014.

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, stratigraphy and pottery dating and recognition 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 archaeological conservation, artefacts, stratigraphy and pottery dating and recognition will take place on most days. An evening walking tour of the archaeology of York will be included.

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

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