Archaeological Writing for Publication

Course details

From £216.50

Thu 31 Oct 2019
8.45am - 4.45pm

Archaeological Writing for Publication


Writing a good and publishable report is a key skill for archaeologists, but one that can be particularly challenging and hard to learn. This course will introduce the standard types of published reports currently produced by archaeologists, and how the scope and content of a report is planned. The course will then focus on two key components, the stratigraphic narrative and the discussion, and the most effective and successful ways of approaching the planning, writing and illustration of these. This will include a critical review of a number of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements of writing in a professional and academic context. The course is taught by specialists with many years’ experience in writing, editing and managing archaeological reports. It is designed for all those in both the professional and voluntary archaeological sectors who need to develop skills and confidence in report writing. The course will involve some preparatory reading before the training day.


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Supports the Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAC1 Research and analyse information to achieve objectives.

Programme details



8.45am               Registration and coffee / tea

9.15am                Welcome and Introduction

9.30am               Archaeological publication: background and overview

9.45am               Writing for publication: journal articles and monographs

                            How reports are planned

                            Journal reports


                           Digital options

                           The process

11.00am             Coffee / tea       

11.15am             Writing stratigraphic narrative

11.45am             Practical exercise: critical evaluation of stratigraphic narratives

12.30pm             Practical exercise: feedback and discussion, common mistakes and how to avoid them

1.00pm               Lunch

1.45pm               Writing a discussion

2.15pm               Practical exercise: critical evaluation of examples of discussion sections from archaeological reports

2.45pm               Practical exercise: feedback and discussion, common mistakes and how to avoid them

3.15pm               Tea / coffee

3.30pm               Topping and tailing: the introduction and its contents; the title and summary; authorship and acknowledgements

4.00pm               Writing in an academic and professional context

4.45pm               Course concludes



Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £216.50
Baguette: £4.90
Hot Lunch: £14.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:


Ms Rachel Clarke


Post-Excavation Editor, Oxford Archaeology East

Dr Elizabeth Popescu

Course Director

Elizabeth Popescu is Post-Excavation and Publications Manager at Oxford Archaeology East.  She has considerable experience in managing complex projects and specialises in urban Late Saxon and medieval archaeology, with particular interest in castle and cemetery studies.



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