Courses and workshops in the Historic Environment


Short practical courses from one to three days

Expert tuition for professionals whose work involves fieldwork, planning, management, curation and research, and also for members of the public with a keen interest in archaeology and historic buildings.

Our courses

  • Have been developed with leading heritage practices
  • Are linked to the National Occupational Standards for the sector and are endorsed by CifA, the IHBC, FAME and the Archaeology Training Forum for continuous professional development 
  • Provide training in key archaeological skills firmly grounded in everyday professional working experience.
  • Engage with some of the most complex issues in the sector.

View our Historic Environment programmes



Most courses are taught at Rewley House, a comfortable and friendly environment with full residential and catering facilities. Meals and accommodation are usually available as extras when booking these courses.

What our students say

An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists, Tuesday 11 April 2017

I really enjoyed this course, GIS seems a lot less scary now! The
teachers were great, it was apparent from the amount of information
they shared how hard they must have worked to prepare the
data/practical sessions and explain it in such a clear way. It was good to see examples of projects they had worked on to understand how the
data can be applied and what the end results can look like. The
practical sessions were excellent and have made me feel much more
confident about using this software in the future.


Archaeological Desk Based Assessments, 23 February 2017

This was an excellently structured day course with a good balance
between the teachers and hands-on activities. The presentations were all well-illustrated, and Jill and Melanie were highly competent and
engaging speakers and teachers. I learnt a lot over the course of the
day that will be very useful for the future.


Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field 15-16 May 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I genuinely learned new
things. The sessions were relaxed which encouraged discussion, and
well supported by the course director who offered further, balanced insight.


Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings 8-10 May 2017

‘The course was extremely enjoyable and informative. I learned a lot in a short space of time and met some very interesting people. The course
tutors were very approachable and the guest speakers shared a lot of
their expert knowledge. I am looking forward to putting into practice all
this new knowledge. Thank you ‘

‘Really enjoyed the course, very informative and the lectures were a
great combination of new information and case study. Would
recommend it to other professionals with an interest in building survey’.


Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance 5-7 July 2017

I will certainly be recommending this highly to fellow professionals.
Excellent course. Well organized and well taught. I benefited immensely.

Law and the Historic Environment 17 February 2017

Best course I've ever been on. So informative and interesting with excellent lecturers.

Hugely enjoyable and a useful opportunity to meet others in a similar field. Well run and organised and the calibre of the speakers was extremely high.


Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction  24 May 2017

We need more of this sort of training in Archaeology.

This is the first Oxford DfCE Professional course I have been on, I got a lot out of it and I will certainly consider attending more.


Public Inquiry Workshop 8-10 March 2017

I feel much more confident as a result of the course.


Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis 20-22 March 2017

I immensely enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend it to colleagues.

I really enjoyed the course and thought that it was well structured. The content was also very good, and was pitched at the right level of prior knowledge. I have come away feeling much more confident to proceed with using radiocarbon dating and data analysis in my research.


Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology 18 May 2017

I will now be able to engage much more confidently with stratigraphy both during excavation and post-excavation.


Upcoming courses

Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Wed 25 Sep 2019 to 27 Sep 2019
  • 9.15am Weds - 4.45pm Friday

Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments

  • Professional development, Short courses
  • Thu 10 Oct 2019
  • 9.00am - 4.30pm

Archaeological Writing for Publication

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Thu 31 Oct 2019
  • 8.45am - 4.45pm

Archaeological Survey Using Airborne Lidar

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Thu 05 Dec 2019
  • 9.30am - 5.00pm

Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019
  • 9.00am - 4.45pm