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Short Courses

An up to date list regarding the various short courses taking place around the country. 

*Any events posted on here are subject to change - please contact the event organisers with any queries

MOLA Academy for Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST): Understanding Roman Artefacts

January to June 2020, MOLA, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED

Price: £295 (5 fully funded places are available free of charge to eligible applicants – see below for details)

Following the success of the 2019 pilot, we are excited to announce our next specialist-led archaeology training programme as part of the MOLA Academy of Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST). Made possible by the generous support of The Headley Trust'Understanding Roman Artefacts'  will be run for 22 weeks by our internationally renowned archaeological experts, allowing people outside the professional archaeological community to play a part in piecing together stories of the past. 

Participants will work with real Roman archaeological material from Bucklersbury House, a site at the heart of the City of London, to learn how to identify and record different types of archaeological artefact including pottery, glass, animal bones, and small finds made of metal and leather. Specialist-led classroom sessions and practical hands-on group workshops will cover a wide range of skills integral to the archaeological process, including photography and illustration.

The course will lead to an online and printed article of the group’s findings, and is approved by CIfA (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists). Participants who complete a minimum of 17 out of 22 sessions will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Sessions will take place every Thursday from 14:00 – 16:00 between the following dates: 

Term 1: 16 January – 2 April 2020

Term 2: 23 April – 25 June 2020

General application process:

To apply please complete the General application form below by 23:59 on 1st December 2019 and return to or by post to Ashley Almeida, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.  We will endeavour to inform successful applicants by the 6th December 2019. Priority will be given to those who are able to demonstrate:

  • A desire to enhance their professional knowledge or interest in life-long learning
  • Willingness and ability to commit to the entire 22-weeks of the course (at least 17 sessions must be completed in order to receive the end of course certificate)

Please note that in order to be eligible for this course, you must not:

  • Have been substantively involved in another MOLA project (e.g. Thames Discovery Programme, CITiZAN, MAAST) within the last 3 years
  • Currently be studying for an archaeology degree 

Fully funded places application process:

Thanks to generous support from The Headley Trust, we are offering five fully funded places free of charge for this course to eligible applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Hackney or Islington
  • Able to provide evidence of claiming Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance. No details will be retained, but you will need to provide evidence at the first lesson
  • Able to commit to the time every week for the duration of the course
  • Not in education, employment or training

To apply please complete the Fully funded place application form below by 23:59 on 1st December 2019 and return to or by post to Ashley Almeida, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.

Digging Into QGIS

South Leeds Archaeology, Six Tuesday Evening 2hr Sessions, Rothwell Community Hub, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0AE, 7.30–9.30 21, 28 April – 5, 12, 19, 26 May 2020. £60.

QGIS (sometimes called Quantum GIS) is used for many different mapping tasks which need to be carried out by archaeologists. Professional archaeologists are likely to use expensive software which is out of reach of community archaeologists’ pockets. QGIS is ‘Freeware’ and can be downloaded from the Internet and is supported by an extensive on-line community. It has a comprehensive range of functionality which can be confusing when first opened. There are a range of features which can be used for planning archaeological projects and for recording results as a project progresses.

This course is designed for the complete beginner to Geographical Information Systems and Mapping. You may be asked to bring a laptop running Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system. The course will include demonstrations and opportunities to try the software during a session. You will be shown how to download the version of QGIS that will be used on the course. The software is free. The cost of the course for the six sessions will be £60.00. Payment is expected in full during the first session. Delegates will receive tuition notes which can be appended during the course.

Course Contents Core Elements: Basic Mapping Concepts; Installing QGIS; Overview of the Interface; Creating Projects and Project Properties; Data Layer Types; Loading and Using Raster Layers; Maps; Vector Layers; Adding Spatial Information on Maps; Sources of Additional Digital Information; Managing and Using Plug-Ins. Additional Topics: [The intention is to provide a flexible approach which reflects the needs of the course delegates] Surveying and Analysis of Total Station Data; Accessing and manipulating LiDAR data; Adding Geophysics and other Imagery; Hillshading. Other topics might be run as workshops depending on demand.

For Further Information or to Apply for the Course go to 

Bridge Farm Excavations, Culver Archaeological  Project

1.6.20 – 11.6.20 Barcombe, Near Lewes, Sussex

A 2-week under-graduate level training course in practical field archaeology offered at this important Romano-British defended settlement site. All crucial aspects covered. Fee £500 to include camp site with use of hot showers, flushing WCs, fully equipped kitchen and laundry in the site HQ building. See for more details or email for application form.

Poulton Project Student Training School 2020

Poulton, Cheshire, 29 June - 7 August 2020, £400 for two-week course (four-six week courses available)

The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials.

Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered west of the Pennines. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of animal bone, ceramics, metal, and building material.

The Poulton Project offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age and Roman features and the chapel graveyard are available in our field courses.

Please note that no accommodation is offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally. Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided.

The courses are designed as an introduction to excavation techniques, plan and section drawing, context recording, photography, finds processing and surveying. Deposit required when booking. Minimum two-week booking required.


Contact: Kevin Cootes e-mail:


War Memorial Project Workshops

Various dates.

Free workshops for volunteers to consider how to identify and record the conditions of war memorials, and the steps that can be taken to conserve them for the future.

For more information, see their website


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