Saturday 3rd October 2020

If you have credit from cancelled NAS courses and would like to attend this course - DO NOT BOOK ONLINE. Please contact [email protected] and we will sort out your booking for you. 

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ever wondered where you are, how to successfully get to another location, and what to expect to come across on your journey? This course will provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in reading and understanding both maps and charts.  It is intended to provide students with the ability to know where they are, with a basic understanding in the use of terrestrial maps and maritime charts. 

Building upon skills learnt to date, be they at an elementary level, possibly in the scouts and guides or at other stages of their lives, course participants will be introduced to a range of terrestrial maps and nautical charts, become familiar with symbols, contours, etc. and through the practical exercises develop skills in both map and chart reading to enabled students to be able to better navigate their way both on land, at sea and through their archaeological endeavours. Being able to read maps and charts can be of fundamental importance in being able to understand why an archaeological site lies where it does in the landscape or on the seabed.

Most archaeological reports will contain maps or charts to help other people better understand where the site is and what it may be associated with, and this course is intended to help people better understand what information is likely to be useful in such maps and charts. 

WHO'S IT FOR?
The course is aimed at walkers, hikers, fell runners, mountain bikers, motorists, divers, boaters, other water users and anyone who is interested in knowing where they are and how to find their way to somewhere else! The course will be of benefit to professional and avocational archaeologists when planning fieldwork, as well as researchers and historians interpreting historical maps and charts. 

NAS members will earn 5 credits for attending

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN THE ONLINE COURSE
A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme - it only takes a minute to do. 

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at [email protected] for a test run before the course.

COSTS
NAS members £30
Non-NAS members £60 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)

WHO IS TEACHING THE COURSE?
Ian Cundy is a NAS Senior Tutor and runs the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit. He was a boat builder for several decades and has extensive experience of UK waters that he will share with participants during this course.

Ray Archer is an experienced sailor who circumnavigated the globe for five years. He is also a former commodore of the Bradwell Quay Yacht Club in south east England. 

TIMETABLE in British Summer Time

09:00 - 16:30 To Be Confirmed