SATURDAY 18TH JULY 2020

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Participants will get an introduction to writing archaeological reports based on survey and research projects. Through presentations, discussions and practical exercises, the course will cover the principals involved in planning your report, the basic structure required and skills needed to produce a good quality report including information on referencing, using illustrations, writing conventions and writing an abstract. Participants will also gain an understanding of how your archaeological reports are used in the real world.

WHO ARE THE TUTORS?
NAS CEO, Mark Beattie-Edwards will be the main tutor and will share his 20+ years of expertise in writing archaeological reports with the participants. 

The first guest tutor will be Alison James from MSDS Marine and NAS Trustee who has gained an enormous amount of practical report writing experience across all sectors of maritime archaeology, including many years at Historic England working with Protected Wreck licensees.

Our second guest tutor will be Miranda Richardson who is the editor of our publication the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

WHO'S IT FOR?
The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Education programme, in particular, those who are working towards their Award or Certificate in Maritime Archaeology and would like some additional guidance for writing their 2,000 word report. This course will also be helpful for those participating in the Welsh Wreck Web Research Project. Amateur or professional archaeologists wanting to develop their report writing skills may also find it useful.

NAS members will earn 5 credits towards their Certificate or Award.

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!)

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE
10:00  Logon, online etiquette and introductions

10:15  Why do we need to write reports? (Mark Beattie-Edwards)

10:30  Report structure and planning (Mark Beattie-Edwards)

11:15  Writing report structure outline – exercise (participants)

11:30  Break 

11:45  Using illustrations and images (Alison James)

12:15  Referencing, writing conventions and copyright (Mark Beattie-Edwards)

12:45  Referencing exercise (participants)

13.00  Lunch

13:30  Writing for the IJNA (Miranda Richardson)

14.00  Example archaeological reports (Discussion / review of three different reports)

14.30  Break

14.45  Promoting your report / Writing an abstract – exercise (participants)

15:15  How reports are used in the real world (Alison James)

15:45  Discussion

16:00  Getting involved with NAS (NAS host)

16.30  Course End