and Site Management Masterclasses
The Centre for Applied Archaeology provides Masterclasses on Archaeology, Heritage Management and Conservation. Our
Masterclasses are designed and supervised by Principal Consultants,
professional experts in their fields, and taught by experienced
staff from the Centre for Applied Archaeology in collaboration with
staff of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
The Masterclasses are designed to improve skills in:
• Archaeological Field Techniques – Excavation, Surveying, Research.
• Cultural Heritage – theory and international context.
• Archaeological site management – incl. writing Management Plans
and Nomination Files for World Heritage Sites.
• Archaeological & standing building recording.
• Artefact conservation & storage.
• Conservation Planning – theory and conservation plans, condition
• Ceramic and finds recording & analysis.
• Environmental Archaeology.
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Surveying and Geophysical
• Photography (including digital photography).
• Interpretation & education – Interpretation, Exhibition
Design, Education Strategies.
• Sustainable tourism – visitor surveys, tourism planning.
The Masterclasses are aimed at Archaeologists, Heritage Managers,
Archaeological Park Staff, Governmental Organisations, University
staff and students, and more.
The Masterclasses combine theory with real practical outcomes.
This often means that courses will be taught in a classroom (making
use of a wide range of supporting materials), which will then
be followed up by fieldwork on an archaeological site or museum.
The Masterclasses can consist of:
1. Major residential training courses on
A number of fieldwork training courses (lasting between 1-6 weeks)
focusing on specific issues of conservation, site management,
recording, interpretation, and documentation. These would be supervised
by our Principal Consultants, developing specific skills and approaches,
while practically achieving substantial advances in the management,
documentation and conservation of the resource. These will be
linked to the provision of short-courses (below) and training
2. Seminars and short-courses
Short-courses – international experts providing focused short-courses
(1 to 4 weeks in duration) developing core skills. Supported by
translated key learning resources.
3. Work Programmes
Developing individual work programmes, with specific practical
outcomes, managed locally but supported by appropriate visits
from our specialists.
Read more about the Centre
for Applied Archaeology
• Dr. Dominic Perring: Project Management and Field Techniques
• Mr. Mike Corbishley: Education and Outreach (Institute of Archaeology,
University College London);
• Mr. Tim Williams: Site Management and Interpretation (Institute
of Archaeology, University College London);
• Prof. Henry Cleere: Archaeological Heritage Consultant, Site
Management and WHS designation (Institute of Archaeology, University
College London), and;
• Mr. Chris Hudson: Museum Design and Interpretive Planning
• Louise Rayner: Post-excavation and publicatiion and training
• Josie Murray: Management, Environmental Assessments, Building
• Richard James: Condition Assessment, desk-top survey, landscape
Example of Masterclasses at Ancient Merv in Turkmenistan.
A three week training programme was undertaken at the UNESCO
World Heritage Site of Ancient
Merv Archaeological Park, between the 13th and the 30th of
June in 2005. This work was generously funded and enabled by a
grant from The Kaplan Foundation, with the support and administration
of the World Monuments Fund. The programme was attended by staff
from the State Archaeological Parks, from all over Turkmenistan,
to work together at Merv, developing skills in digital photography,
archaeological recording, documentation and management planning.
Participants of the Masterclasses at the World Heritage Site
of Ancient Merv in Turkmenistan.
The Masterclasses consisted of two courses:
Course 1: Ethics, philosophy and approaches to
the management of Cultural Heritage sites . A one-week course
aimed at a broad audience from a range of Archaeological Parks
Course 2: Approaches to documentation of Cultural
Heritage sites. A two week course primarily aimed at the Merv
Park Staff, but also attended by some staff from other Archaeological