Training for fieldwork
Previous experience is not necessary for getting involved in fieldwork, but a readiness to learn and get dirty in the process is important. Field archaeology usually involves disturbing, damaging or destroying the evidence that we are looking for. That being the case, there has to be a disciplined approach to what is, essentially, a forensic process. So there are some rules.
We are happy to provide some basic instruction, but that may be limited by the particular fieldwork at the time. A very good online course is offered by DigVentures, who have their own approach and recording procedure, see the website at https://digventures.com/courses/
Alternatively, on site instruction is available from academic and other organisations such as Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) at www.sharp.org.uk which runs an excellent Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques course in Norfolk.
Inevitably, there are costs involved with any formal training. But before you invest in a formal course, it’s probably a good idea to spend some time with a local society like Marlow Archaeology to check whether this is for you.
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