Training and Master-classes

Site visit to the archaeological excavations at Merv, Turkmenistan

The Centre for Applied Archaeology provides Master-classes on Archaeology, Heritage Management and Conservation. Our Master-classes are designed and supervised by our Principal Consultants; professional experts in their fields, and are taught by experienced staff from the Centre for Applied Archaeology in collaboration with staff of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

The Master-classes are designed to improve skills in:

  • Archaeological Field Techniques – Excavation, Surveying, Research
  • Cultural Heritage – theory and international context
  • Archaeological site management – incl. writing Management Plans and Nomination Files for World Heritage Sites
  • Archaeological & standing building recording
  • Artefact conservation & storage
  • Conservation Planning – theory and conservation plans, condition assessments
  • Ceramic and finds recording & analysis
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Surveying and Geophysical prospecting
  • Photography (including digital photography)
  • Interpretation & education – Interpretation, Exhibition Design, Education Strategies
  • Sustainable tourism – visitor surveys, tourism planning.

The Master-classes are aimed at Archaeologists, Heritage Managers, Archaeological Park Staff, Governmental Organisations, University staff and students, and more, and combine theory with real practical outcomes. This often means that courses will be taught in a classroom (making use of a wide range of supporting materials), which will then be followed up by fieldwork on an archaeological site or museum. The Masterclasses can consist of:

  • Major residential training courses on site

  • A number of fieldwork training courses (lasting between 1-6 weeks) focusing on specific issues of conservation, site management, recording, interpretation, and documentation. These would be supervised by our Principal Consultants, developing specific skills and approaches, while practically achieving substantial advances in the management, documentation and conservation of the resource. These will be linked to the provision of short-courses (below) and training materials.
  • Seminars and short-courses

  • Short-courses – international experts providing focused short-courses (1 to 4 weeks in duration) developing core skills. Supported by translated key learning resources.
  • Work Programmes

  • Developing individual work programmes, with specific practical outcomes, managed locally but supported by appropriate visits from our specialists.

Case Study:

Site Management Master-class in Merv, Turkmenistan


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General Contact: Louise Rayner

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