Become an archaeologist for the day and join an excavation from dig to lab
Fascinated by archaeology and want to uncover historical artefacts? On this 2-week archaeology course, we’ll show you around our field school at the Vale of Pewsey, a relatively untouched site compared to its famous neighbour, Stonehenge.
You’ll discover what it takes to become an archaeologist and learn about why archaeology is still important today.
Take part in an archaeological excavation
An archaeological excavation is more than just digging with a trowel. You’ll learn about the planning process of an excavation and investigate how and where to dig. Then you’ll find out how to collect, record and store precious finds and take a closer look at what you can learn from a discovery once you’ve found it.
Discover treasures and artefacts from the Vale of Pewsey
Venture into the past and learn about the history of the Vale of Pewsey. You’ll learn about what life was like in the Neolithic period and discover Neolithic practices.
After learning about excavation techniques at our field school, you’ll get the chance to study archaeological treasures containing an assortment of objects from the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman periods.
Learn how human bones can reveal history
One of the most intriguing finds at the Vale of Pewsey is a burial site. You’ll get the opportunity to analyse skeletons in order to identify information about individuals and learn about medieval life through the study of human bones.
You’ll also gain an introduction to stable isotope analysis, whereby archaeologists measure the ratio of isotopes in bones to discover where they came from.
Finally, you’ll investigate the role of museums in archaeology and ask questions about whether it is ethical to store human remains in a museum.
- The transferable skills needed to be an archaeologist
- Introduction to the Neolithic period
- Planning an excavation
- How does a dig work?
- Storing, handling, recording and transporting artefacts
- Introduction to the medieval period
- Human bone analysis
- Archaeological science: what can isotopes in bone tell us?
- Museums: the ethics of storage and display
When would you like to start?
Date to be announced
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain how an archaeological dig works, from the planning stages, through excavation, to the analysis and storage of artefacts
- Summarise the basic characteristics of all archaeological periods from the Mesolithic to the post-medieval period (c.8000 BC–AD 1900)
- Describe the main ways in which archaeologists analyse human skeletons
- Debate some of the key issues facing archaeology today
- Understand the transferable skills you will acquire from studying archaeology
Who is the course for?
No prior experience of archaeology is needed. This course is designed for anyone interested in studying an archaeology degree at university. However, anyone with an enthusiastic interest in archaeology is very welcome to join us too.
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