This page contains our pick of the best excavation guidance and resources on the web. As a volunteer organisation we rely on the contributions of other individuals and groups to help locate these resources. The resources on this page are displayed here with the kind permission of these individuals and organisations. Thank you for your contributions.
If you have a resource that you find useful and would like to share or recommend it to be included on this page please contact Dig Discover Enjoy using the email link in the header above.
Tameside Archaeological Society - Training Resource
Download this excellent Basic Guide to Archaeological Training on the web from Tameside Archaeological Society. This document provides useful links to online dig training manuals, guides to writing reports and links to education providers. Kindly provided by Tameside Archaeological Society Ltd.
MOLAS Archaeological Site Manual
Museum of London Archaeological Service Site Manual link, reproduced here by kind permission of the Museum of London. This industry standard site manual is an invaluable reference resource for excavating and recording.
ISGAP - Archaeological Recording Practices
English Heritage and The Council for British Archaeology has funded the creation of this Archaeological Recording Practices Guide. The guide gives a good basic outline of the steps required to record features. This would be most useful for diggers with some experience who would like a quick reference guide on site.
BAJR - British Archaeological Jobs and Resources Guides
A comprehensive and free collection of professional guides on all aspects of archaeology from the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources. Learn to plan, excavate, record and identify finds like a professional. There is also guidance about health and safety, working with community groups and how to survive your first dig.
This link is produced below with kind permission of David Connelly of BAJR.
Archaeology Skills Passport
The new Archaeology Skills Passport is an excellent resource to record the progression of your skills in archaeology. Learn about essential skills required on site, in the lab and back at the office. Record your training and progress in the passport and use the record as a basis for further development or for a future career in archaeology.
Scotland's Rural Past Archaeological Survey Training Videos - Introduced to us by Wigan Archaeological Society
Creating a Field Sketch
Measured Survey Using Tape and Offset
Measured Survey Using a Plane Table
Using Hand-Held GPS
Standards and Guidance
ISGAP - Introduction to Standards and Guidance in Archaeological Practice
A joint initiative by English Heritage, the Council for British Archaeology and the Institute for Archaeologists. This is a guide to the standards you will need to follow when planning and carrying out archaeological work as a community organisation. The guide is very comprehensive and covers all types of archaeological activity including planning, building work, excavation, finds, underwater archaeology and publication ans dissemination of results.
Institute for Archaeologists - Code of Conduct
Professional Code of Conduct for any person involved in various types of archaeological work in the UK.
MORPH - Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment
Guidelines issued by English Heritage governing the management of any project affecting the heritage environment in the UK. MORPHE Planning Note 3 refers to archaeological investigation but any activity is covered.
Institute for Archaeologists - Risk Assessment Templates
Templates for assessing and managing health and safety on archaeological sites. The webpage includes a risk assessment template and guidance on planning for health and safety on small and large projects.
Dig Discover Enjoy
Dig Discover Enjoy run archaeological fieldwork training courses throughout the year. These courses are in all aspects of useful skills you may need whilst on site including pottery identification, basic site recording and survey. Details of our upcoming courses will be released on our News and Events page. Join our mailing list to be the first to find out when new dates are released.
Training Online Resource Centre (TORC)
The Council for British Archaeology and English Heritage have teamed up to provide an online database of archaeology training events in the UK. Search the database for professional and voluntary training opportunities www.torc.org.uk
Council for British Archaeology
The Council for British Archaeology have a useful page detailing skills, bursaries and training they are currently planning or offering. Courses include training specifically for voluntary groups on topics such as geophysics or site survey. There are also details of professional bursaries available.
Proud to be supported by
Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved