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This content is taken from the University of Reading's online course, Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond . Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsIf you've enjoyed this course and you'd like to find out more about the real, not virtual, Reading Field School, please do have a look at the website or come and join us to dig. Anyone is welcome. It's not just for our students at the department here. You can also find out more online about the kinds of archaeology degree that we offer at Reading. You might even like to come and see us in one of our university open days. It'd be great to have you along. And we'll show you around the department. Thanks very much for taking part in the course. Myself and the rest of team really hope that you've enjoyed yourself doing it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsAnd we look forward to seeing you soon.

What next?

We hope that this course has provided a taster of archaeology, both during a large excavation and after, in the lab. If you’re keen to continue learning more about the subject, the following links will be useful.

At the University of Reading

If you’re keen to take your learning to the next stage, there’s a range of courses on offer at the University of Reading. You can find out more about our Undergraduate courses on our website.

The great thing about our archaeology course, is that it helps students gain an array of new skills as well as build on existing ones, which will prepare them for any career they choose. Here is what some of our graduates have had to say about their time at University of Reading:

Tim Ager (Managing Director of Celestix Networks – a high tech IT security firm) “Business is about understanding people, and archaeology taught me that in order to understand people you need to understand their culture first. The analytical nature of the course and the patience needed to excavate and assess finds has also taught me how to approach challenges in a methodical manner”.

Lizzi Hollis (Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care) “Even though I decided not to pursue a career in archaeology, my time studying it was invaluable, giving me confidence to talk about a subject assertively. I was given huge support from the department in pursuing my dreams. I learnt invaluable transferable skills (such as working in a team and how to communicate a message to a variety of different people, regardless of age, ability, or knowledge) through my time as a trainee supervisor at the field school – this is a skill I use every day as a fundraiser”.

Robert McNeil (Head of Media & Communications, The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford – an impartial and independent migration analysis centre) “My archaeology degree and the skills I learned while undertaking it have been fundamental to a career as a journalist and media specialist … archaeology proved to be useful – a degree somewhere between the arts and the sciences, which provides a grounding for dealing with scientists as well as communicators”.

Alice Rose (Osteoarchaeologist for Oxford Archaeology – a commercial archaeological excavation company.) “I would not be where I am now without studying skeletal anatomy and palaeopathology at Reading, which allowed me to pursue an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham. It was also due to connections with Reading University and skills learned through the field school and other excavations that I gained a job at Oxford Archaeology”.

Or you can come visit us! Find out more about our 2016 open days.

The ‘real’ Field School

The 2016 season of the archaeology field school is now full, but you can still visit us while we are on site (27 June to 23 July 2016) every day except Fridays. Keep updated on events by checking the Field School Website.

We’ll also be providing plenty of news, pictures and updates from this year’s Field School via social media. You can keep in touch by following us on:




Demonstrate what you’ve learned with a certificate

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to demonstrate what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development (where appropriate). This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation, to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

We’d be grateful if you could complete the post-course survey to help us understand more about how we can improve the course for future runs.

From all of us here at the University of Reading, we want to say a big thank you for joining us on the course.

We hope to see you soon!

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Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

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