Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field

Course details

From £216.00

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field


Archaeological practice over recent years has led to an increasing divergence between those who excavate sites and those who study the artefacts and ecofacts recovered from them. As a result, field archaeologists and artefact/ecofact specialists often work in isolation from each other, leading both to the unnecessary collection of material
with little information value, and to missed opportunities to
recover material of greater interest.

This course will provide you with expert guidance on how key artefacts and ecofacts can contribute to the interpretation of archaeological sites, and good practice in sampling and collection. We will help you to reflect
critically on how the research aims and context of a site should influence what is collected and how. We will also consider the kinds of problems that are often encountered.

The course is designed for supervisors, project officers and junior managers with responsibility for the day to day running of archaeological excavations. It will also be of value for anyone starting to work with archaeological artefacts or environmental remains who would benefit from expert guidance on designing collection and sampling
programmes to address project research aims.

National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Supports the Performance and Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAD3 Identify and describe archaeological items; Supports the Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAC8 Undertake analysis and interpretation of archaeological material and data.


Programme details


8.45am           Registration and coffee/tea

9.15am           Welcome and introduction

9.30am           Pottery

10.30am         Building materials

11.15am         Coffee/tea

11.45am         Animal bone

12.45pm         Lunch

1.30pm           Plant remains

2.30pm           Workshop session (1): looking at Research Aims

3.15pm           Tea / coffee

3.30pm           Workshop session (2): devising collection and sampling strategies     

4.00pm           Workshop session (3): report-back and discussion

4.30pm           Course concludes



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House on Tuesday night.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

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.



Tuition includes coffee/tea: £216.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.70
Full Hot Lunch: £13.50


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:



Mr Edward Biddulph


Senior Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology

Kevin Hayward


Building Materials Specialist, Pre-Construct Archaeology

Dr Rebecca Nicholson


Head of Environmental Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology

Mr Kevin Reilly


Archaeozoologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology

Mrs Anne H Dodd

Course Director

Anne Dodd is a senior manager at Oxford Archaeology with many years’ experience of post-excavation management and publication