Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice

Course details

From £216.50

Wed 18 Sep 2019
9.00am - 4.30pm

Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice


Post-Excavation (PX) Assessment has been a key stage in archaeological project management since it was introduced by English Heritage over 25 years ago. So why do we still find it so difficult to get it right? This course will introduce participants to recent guidance, and review the essential components of a px assessment. With specialist input we will consider some of the difficult questions about how much to assess in order to derive reliable plans for further work. We will look in detail at the critical stages of assessment of potential, derivation of updated research aims, and planning programmes of further work. The afternoon will take the form of a workshop session in which participants will review examples from current practice and we will discuss how far these meet their purpose and justify funding decisions.

The course is designed for archaeologists in professional practice in supervisory, junior management or specialist roles who will be compiling and contributing to post-excavation assessments, and those in consultancy and curatorial roles who will be commissioning and evaluating assessments. The course will also be of value to archaeologists carrying out post-excavation assessments in an academic or voluntary context.


Programme details

Wednesday 18 September 2019

9.00am                Registration and coffee/tea

9.30am                Welcome and introductions

9.45am                What is px assessment and why do we find it so difficult?

                            -the history of px assessment, guidance documents and key principles

                           -the typical problems we encounter

                           - is a px assessment always needed

10.15am              Assessment

                          -what is assessed, how and in what order

                         - how should assessment reports be presented

                         - how to assess finds and environmental remains

11.30am              Coffee/tea

12.00pm              Pulling it together: the updated project design

                            -an integrated approach to revised research aims

                           - developing the updated project design

                           -other options

1.00pm                Lunch   

2.00pm                Workshop session reviewing sample assessments from real practice

3.00pm                Discussion

                            - how successfully did the sample assessments meet a range of criteria?

                            -what could have been done differently or better?

3.45pm                Coffee/tea

4.00pm                Final discussion and questions

4.30pm                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 Lunch: £4.90
Full 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:



Mr Edward Biddulph


Senior Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology

Sarah Wyles


Senior Environmental Officer, Cotswold Archaeology

Dr Leo Webley

Course Director

Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology South