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Short Courses

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

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

16.01.2020 to 25.06.2020, 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.

Piecing Together the Past: Archaeology Revealed

21 - 23 February 2020, Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset
Residential fees £338, Non-Residential £226

Twenty-first century archaeology employs a dizzying array of techniques to analyse ancient remains. This course will help you to unleash your inner archaeologist and learn how to do everything from analysing prehistoric pots to dating human remains.

In hands-on sessions with real finds you will discover for yourself how we go about piecing together the past to reveal the secrets of our ancestors. Along the way you will learn how to recognise ancient stone tools, develop skills in analysing pottery and find out how to apply archaeological concepts to date finds and sites.

By the end of the weekend you will know how scientific analysis can divine details of the technological achievements, diet and travel habits of even the long dead.

Facilitated by Dr Nick Snashall. All-comers welcome. 

Contact: or 01460 258613



Recovering Human Remains: Weekend Workshop

14/15 March 2020, Winchester

Breaking Ground Heritage will run another weekend workshop, hosted by Richard Osgood, for those wishing to gain experience of recovering human remains and any associated artefacts. Using staged graves, in a WWI scenario, participants will learn how to recover human remains to professional archaeological standards.  Cost £190.

This course is open to anyone aged 16+ regardless of archaeological experience and  you don't need to be a military veteran to join us. 

All proceeds will be used to support BGH and assist service veterans in their recovery.

For more details visit: or contact

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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