Dissecting the dirt – Spot dating and phasing
Join our Dissecting the dirt advanced archaeology club for young people aged 16 – 25!
Gain valuable transferable skills including project management and leadership by planning and supporting our Young Archaeologists Club, then get in-depth archaeological training from our community archaeologist, Alexis. These full-day sessions are filled with exciting hands-on opportunities to gain valuable skills for the future!
You’ll start by helping with our Young Archaeologists’ Club and later in the term, you will plan and facilitate the upcoming sessions. In the afternoon you’ll focus on gaining in-depth, practical archaeological training – the skills you’ll learn are useful in the field, but also in many different career paths. The sessions will be informative, interesting and will give you a chance to get creative!
Saturday 21 January – Stratigraphic analysis
Stratigraphy relates to how sites form. The recording processes involved in an excavation are subsequently utilised to analyse how sites developed and changed over time. This analysis forms the core of interpreting an archaeological excavation. This session will teach the importance of stratigraphic analysis and how to understand it.
Saturday 18 February – Finds processing
Archives have to be produced in a systematic fashion so that records of excavations are catalogued correctly for both present and future analysis. How do you process an archaeological archive from an excavation? What are the protocols and techniques involved in preparing the archive? This session will look at how finds are washed, dried, marked and bagged and finally stored.
Saturday 18 March – Spot dating and phasing
Saturday 15 April – Desk-based assessments
What is a DBA? Why are they important and what can they tell us about the archaeological potential of a site? Desk Based Assessments are generally prepared prior to an archaeological excavation. They form an important piece of research as historical maps are analysed alongside data from the Sites and Monuments Record. When combined together this can inform about the archaeological potential of a site and the periods of activity which may be anticipated.