NEW Introduction and Part 1 Courses in Orkney this Summer!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Duration: 3 Days                                                           

Time: 9.00 am to 5.00/6.30 pm

Venue: Maritime Studies Department, Stromness, Churchill Barriers

Dates: 30, 31 August 2013, 1 September 2013

Tutors: Mark Littlewood, Dr Scott Timpany, Kevin Heath                           

Qualification: The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Introduction and Part 1 Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology       

 Cost: £110 (+ equipment hire if you want to dive) This course has been subsidised by Historic Scotland


This three day course offers the chance to learn more about maritime archaeology and is aimed at divers, people working in the fishing industry, researchers, students, and others interested in heritage. The first day is the NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology. No experience is necessary as a mixture of theory and practical sessions will guide you from an introduction through topics such as dating a site or artefacts and carrying out 2D site surveys. The second and third day is the NAS Part 1 Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology, which introduces archaeological projects from the planning phase through to carrying out a 3D survey and publishing the results. The course is open to both divers and non-divers and there will be no difference in the qualification awarded. For divers there is an opportunity to practice these skills underwater.

Course content:

  • Project Planning.
  • Area Search and Survey Methods - locating and exploring a site.
  • Project Safety and Logistics.
  • 2D and 3D Survey - principles and techniques.
  • Dealing with Finds - artefacts from a site.
  • Post-Fieldwork Activity - understanding and publishing a site.

To reserve a place on this course please contact:

Mark Littlewood, Archaeology Department, Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX. E-mail: Tel: +44 (0)1856 5 69227