Introduction to Finds Processing & Recording
Museum of London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre & Pre-Construct Archaeology
Monday 17th – Friday 21st September 2012
During this week-long course students will learn the basics of processing finds from archaeological excavations. Guided by nearly a dozen experienced practitioners and specialists, you will go through all the various stages from handling and packaging, to sorting and cataloguing. There will be a strong emphasis on practical activities, during which students will benefit from working both with Pre-Construct Archaeology, one of the UK’s foremost archaeological contractors, and with the Museum of London, which holds the world’s largest archaeological archive.
The sessions will include:
• Basic principles of washing, packaging and handling artefacts
• Sorting and cataloguing ‘bulk’ materials: ceramics, building material and environmental material
• Identifying, handling and cataloguing metalwork and other ‘small finds’
• Dealing with organic materials: leather, wood
• Working on cemetery excavations and dealing with human remains
• Liaising with conservators and specialists
• Understanding site archives and writing reports
Cost: £300 (no concessions), to include:
• All tutorial expenses, including materials for practical sessions
• Documentation and access to on-line resources following the course
• Tea/coffee, morning and afternoon (five days)
A sandwich lunch is available at an additional cost of £30 for the week.
• To book, please contact the Museum of London Box Office, telephone: 020 7001 9844 (opening times: Monday to Friday: 9.15am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 6pm)
• To obtain further information and/or to discuss the content of the course, please contact (preferably by e-mail) Francis Grew or phone 020 7566 9317.