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Archaeological Survey Training Days

Sat 23 February, 9.30 am - Sat 30 March, 4.30 pm

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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 9:30am on Saturday, repeating until Sat 30 March 2019

Participants are asked to bring their own food, drink, wet-weather clothing, and camera if they have one.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for morning and afternoon break, and all other equipment will be provided.



The aim of the course is to introduce students to the archaeological survey and recording of burial grounds and memorials.  This includes initial research and planning, mapping, offset planning, recording, and archiving and disseminating the results.

The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods to target all learner types e.g. kinaesthetic, aural, and visual.

The course will include:

  • A powerpoint presentation on archaeological recording of burial grounds and memorials, which is also provided as a handout
  • Discussion on the benefits of caring for and recording burial grounds
  • Classroom practice at ‘planning using offsets’
  • A brief talk-through of the historic and archaeological background of the burial ground under investigation, which is also provided as a handout
  • Practical activity on burial ground recording
  • Practical activities on memorial recording
  • A concluding session whereby participants are able to clarify any of the topics covered and discuss the knowledge they have gained


By the end of the course the student should:

  • Have a clear understanding of the resources available for help and advice relating to the care of burial grounds
  • Know the basics of how to find and compile documentary sources, including historic environment records
  • Be able to use memorial recording proformas with the aid of guidance notes
  • Be able to recall common memorial types, symbols, materials, and welsh translations
  • Know how to take a rubbing of a memorial inscription/decoration
  • Have had practice at surveying a burial ground using the ‘offset planning’ method
  • Know how to archive and disseminate the material gathered



Sat 23 February, 9.30 am
Sat 30 March, 4.30 pm
Event Category:




Dyfed Archaeological Trust
Caring for God’s Acre