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Archaeology Matters

Skills, training and bursaries

Marsh Archaeology Award winner 2011 Dartmoor Cairn Survey and Repair Project

Community archaeology

Community Archaeology includes work carried out by professional archaeological organisations where public involvement is encouraged, through to the ever increasing number of projects initiated and led by local communities themselves. These include historic building conservation and stewardship, and fieldwork, from survey projects, to test pitting and of course excavations.

Community resource hub

The CBA is developing a one-stop shop for community resources, coming out of our award-winning Community Archaeology Forum (CAF) along with a forum and online network for local societies to share ideas and good practice, and celebrate current projects.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology

The winning project is announced every year at the CBA's Annual General Meeting in November and nominations normally open in mid-summer. The Marsh Archaeology Award is for voluntary groups or individuals active in the UK and recognises and promotes innovative and high quality dissemination of the results of research and/or fieldwork through publication, communication and archiving.  You can see information and previous winners and the judging criteria here. Keep an eye on our news pages - or members will find out via their newsletter - for nominations opening.

Community Archaeology Bursaries Project – Skills for the Future

Our ongoing Community Archaeology Bursaries Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, with additional support from English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland. The project offers year-long workplace bursaries over a three-year period, designed to equip would-be community archaeologists with the skills, experience and confidence to work with voluntary groups and communities.

Each year the project will place Community Archaeology Training Placements (CATPs) in strategically identified host organisations across the UK that have existing experience of delivering strong and effective community archaeology programmes.

See full details of our Community Archaeology Bursaries Project


Voluntary sector training events

The CBA is delivering a range of training courses across England over the next three years aimed at supporting archaeology across the voluntary sector. Funding from English Heritage, and in Wales from Cadw, will allow us to run these courses at a considerably reduced rate, making training accessible to voluntary and community groups.

The training courses will be led by a combination of Community Archaeology Bursary Placement holders through the HLF-funded Community Archaeology Bursaries Project, professionals with specialist knowledge and skills, and individuals from the voluntary sector (where appropriate).


The Training Online Resource Centre (TORC) is an information service for anyone interested in courses and training in archaeology, from GCSE and A Level courses through to specialised training for professional archaeologists.

TORC is a service of the Archaeology Training Forum (ATF), operated by the CBA and supported by English Heritage. It's a developing resource and will soon provide up-to-date searchable databases of all the archaeology courses available in the UK, along with information to help you find which courses will be most useful to you.

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