Starting in Post-Excavation

Course summary

Starting in Post-Excavation


The post-excavation phases of archaeological projects have traditionally presented some of the greatest challenges, to the extent that work has often remained incomplete, reports have remained unpublished and archives undeposited. Despite this, by comparison with excavation, there is little formal training available in post-excavation, and many archaeologists embark on their first project with little understanding of the px process and their role within it. This course aims to provide those new to post-excavation with a good basic working knowledge of the process, increase their confidence in their own role within it and their ability to engage effectively with other contributors and specialist inputs, and encourage a clear focus on achieving planned outputs in a range of straightforward fieldwork report types.

Programme details



8.45 am           Registration and coffee / tea


9.15 am           Welcome and Introduction


9.30 am           Post-excavation: what is it and why do we do it

                        (We will look at the Planning context, professional obligations and audiences)


10.00 am         The px process: an overview


10.45 am         Coffee / tea (30 minutes)       


11.15 am         Simple fieldwork reports

(We will consider the typical structure and contents of simple template formats used to report fieldwork projects with limited results)


11.45 am         Practical exercise

(Participants work in groups to critically evaluate sample reports)


1.00 pm           Lunch


2.00 pm           Practical exercise: continued


2.30 pm           Practical exercise: discussion and feedback

                        (Group presentation of their assessment of the reports and discussion of points arising)


3.15 pm           Tea / coffee


3.45 pm           Common problems and how to avoid them

                        (to include participants’ own questions from their own experience)


4.30 pm           Course concludes


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Supports the Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAB1 Propose and plan a research project; CCSAPAC8 Undertake analysis and interpretation.



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House the night before the course.  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): £215.00
Baguette lunch: £4.40
Hot Lunch: £13.00


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 Alistair Douglas


Senior Archaeologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology (PCA)

Mr Nick Garland


Post-Excavation Officer, Cotswold Archaeology

Ms Victoria Ridgeway

Course Director

Victoria Ridgeway is editor and manager of Pre-Construct Archaeology’s monograph series. She has many years’ experience in the excavation and publication of complex urban sites of all periods across Greater London