Geology for archaeologists
The aim of this course is to introduce the geological skills which are of use to archaeologists. The (indoors) hands-on approach will allow participants to acquire a good working knowledge of the basics of maps, rock identification, descriptive and interpretive work. A fieldwork element can be added which will allow practice of these skills in an outdoor setting.
Geological knowledge is crucial to understanding archaeology. It includes interpreting the landscape, soil qualities, water sources and location of resources such as building stone, metal ores or clays for pots. It is also needed to identify and source lithic or worked stone artefacts, as well as pottery source areas.
Individuals can reserve a place or a unit may book a training session as in-house.
1 day course £180
2 day course £250
Group by negotiation dependant on venue
Useful handouts provided.
This 1-day course
seeks to provide archaeologists with a working knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• Using geological maps to produce an overview for a project report.
• Using geological maps to provide an insight into local resources, source materials for lithic artefacts or building stone, soil types and landscape.
• Identification of the main categories of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals.
• Using real artefacts to practise skills gained from the rock ID training.
• Developing the correct observations and terminology to enable rock description, and apply this to describing artefacts and building stones.
A follow-on day
can be added to provide field expertise or to develop any of the above themes more fully.