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The Archaeology Workshops Series April-May 2013

COORDINATOR: Peter Marsden

A programme of ten archaeology workshops and field visits were organised with the help and support of qualified archaeologists within the Society. The workshops were held at the County Museum in Aylesbury, with field visits to Stoke Mandeville, Bradenham and the museum's Resource Centre at Halton.

The workshops aimed to give non-professionals who had an interest and enthusiasm for archaeology a ‘starter pack’ of knowledge and skills that would enable them to participate actively in archaeological investigations. The programme concentrated on both practical skills and methods of recording and analysis.

All sessions were interactive, with opportunities for discussion and participation.

THE WORKSHOPS

Topic Speaker(s)
Archaeology in context: What do we need to know and what do we know already? Mike Farley and Julia Wise
Historic landscape identification Gary Marshall
Walking Stoke Mandeville deserted village Peter Marsden
Aerial photography and maps research Mike Farley
Principles of field archaeology: fieldwalking, geophysics, excavation Yvonne Edwards and Bob Zeepvat
Project implementation:from design to dissemination Bob Zeepvat
Woodland archaeology at Bradenham Gary Marshall
Finds indentification: pottery, tiles, flints Mike Farley
Saving the past for the future - the Museum Resource Centre Brett Thorn
Planning the new Active Archaeology Group Open discussion

Twenty-two people signed up for the workshops series. After its final session 28 people joined the new Active Archaeology Group.