Skills Days

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Never done archaeology before? Our Recorder and Surveyor Skills Days are a great place to start and take place on land or underwater. Get in the field with our Recorder Day and learn how to record a site through sketching, photography and video, then on the Surveyor Day learn how to complete a 2D survey of a site and how to use a planning frame to produce a scale drawing.

There are two ways to participate in a Skills Day:

  1. Book on to one of our scheduled days. Please refer to the 2018 PDF timetable or online booking system for dates and details.
  2. If you are a member of a club or group, why not invite the NAS to come to you. We can offer bespoke days to meet your club’s needs on a day of the week to suit you. We will usually need a minimum of 8 participants for a course and a maximum of 16, however this is flexible depending on the group and facilities available. For more information or if you would like to discuss a bespoke day further, please contact the NAS Office.

The aims and objectives of the Recorder Day are available by clicking here, and the Surveyor Day here.

For an example Recorder Day timetable, please click here for the foreshore and here for underwater.

For an example Surveyor Day timetable, please click here for the foreshore and here for underwater..


Who can get involved?

The NAS Skills Days are open to anyone who is interested. No prior learning or qualifications are required. There is no age limit on the course, however we ask that those under 16 are supervised by a parent or guardian. The NAS Youth Education Programme for those under 16 is currently being developed and will be available in the near future. Please contact the NAS office to express interest in this.

These days are open to both divers and non-divers. Many nautical or maritime sites are located on the foreshore or completely on dry land so there is plenty to get involved with wherever your interests may lie.

Does the day involve diving?

Some of the skills days will include diving and some do not. If you want to dive, make sure you book on a ‘diving’ day as indicated in its description. The minimum diving qualification for those taking part in the diving exercises is CMAS 2-Star, BSAC Sport Diver, SAA Club Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water, or internationally recognized equivalent, with at least 25 open water UK dives.

What can I do next?If you believe that your qualification is below this level but you feel your diving competency is adequate please contact the NAS office.

The Recorder Day is the prerequisite for attending the Surveyor Day and both can be taken in conjunction with ELearning courses. Normally participants will take the ELearning Introduction to Maritime Archaeology with their Recorder Day, and either Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology or Underwater Archaeology with their Surveyor Day(s).

Can I earn credits for participating?

NAS members can earn 5 credits if you participate in a Recorder Day and also take the ELearning Introduction to Maritime Archaeology course.

NAS members can earn 5 credits if you participate in a 1-day intertidal/foreshore/terrestrial Surveyor Day and also take the ELearning Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology course.

NAS members can earn 10 credits if you participate in a 2-day underwater Surveyor Day and also take the ELearning Underwater Archaeology course.