Join us at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Open Day on the 28th March 2018.
Venue: The Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LX
Date: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is located in one of the most exciting archaeology areas in the world – Orkney in Northern Scotland. Surrounded by thousands of archaeology sites ranging from the Neolithic to World War II, the Archaeology Institute is well placed as a world-class teaching and research organisation to advance our understanding of the historic environment.
So, come along and experience hands on archaeology, talk to staff and students and discover what studying Archaeology at The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute has to offer. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops on aspects of practical archaeology, including:
using microscopes to analyse pollen and charcoal unearthed at the Ness of Brodgar
examining finds from The Cairns excavation
exploring 4000 year old ceramics
examining the whale bones unearthed at Cata Sands
creating a 3D image from a laser scanner
You will also see how we use the unique archaeological landscape of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to further your studies. The event is open to anyone who is considering studying Archaeology at undergraduate or post graduate level in addition to anyone who is considering one of our short courses.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are now enrolling students for the ‘Introduction to Archaeology’ Evening Class to be held at Orkney College, Kirkwall, Orkney in February 2018.
Venue: Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, East Road, Kirkwall.
Course length: 10 weeks (2 hour sessions)
Commences: 21 February 2018
Time: 7-9pm on Wednesday evenings at Orkney College (fieldtrips 6-8pm). The archive session is on a Thursday 5-7pm to make use of late opening at Orkney Library & Archive.
Course fee: £100
This new course, taught by leading practitioners and lecturers at the UHI Archaeology Institute, introduces the basic theory, methods and practice used in Archaeology.
Key areas covered include an introductory overview, basic research, chronology, environmental archaeology, landscape archaeology, finds, geophysics and excavation.
The aim is to provide an over-view of archaeology and archaeological practice for general knowledge and volunteering. The classes are workshop-based, hands-on and thematic, delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment.
21 February: Introduction to Archaeology (Martin Carruthers)
28 February: Animal bones (Dr Ingrid Mainland)
8 March: Archives and archive research. Meet at Orkney Library & Archive, Archives room. (Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon) (5-7pm)
14 March: Landscape archaeology, geophysics & aerial photographs (Dr James Moore & Amanda Brend)
21 March: Research: Orkney Sites and Monuments Record Office and National Monument Record of Scotland (Julie Gibson & Dan Lee)
28 March: Environmental Archaeology (Dr Scott Timpany)
EASTER HOLIDAY – no classes (college holidays 2 – 13 April inclusive)
18 April: Digital Heritage (Dr Jen Harland & Crane Begg)
25 April: Artefacts and drawing (Martin Carruthers & Crane Begg)
2 May: Fieldtrip 1 (Landscape and Orkney World Heritage Site) (6-8pm)
9 May: Fieldtrip 2 (Buildings & wartime) (6-8pm)
The timetable may be subject to change.
This course is not networked or available online as it is workshop based.
If you are interested in attending please contact Tina Brown Tina.Brown@uhi.ac.uk or Telephone Tina directly on 01856 569206 or through the Orkney College switchboard on 01856 569000.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is pleased to announce that the popular hands-on field-based short course is being offered once again during the summer of 2018.
Located at one of Orkney’s leading excavations, The Cairns broch, this three day short course aims to provide participants with basic training and understanding of the practices and processes in Field Archaeology.
Date: 20-22 June 2018 (3 full days 9:30 – 16:30)
Venue: The Cairns Broch excavations, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
basic site survey and archaeological recording (drawn, written and photographic record).
Participants will be trained by professional archaeologists from the UHI Archaeology Institute and will form part of the large team at the excavation site. If you read this blog, then you will know that The Cairns is a friendly dig situated in a breath-taking location overlooking the sea.
The course aims to equip participants with the skills and confidence to engage with other archaeological field projects or lead onto further studies in the discipline.
We recommend that you bring steel toe boots/wellies, full waterproofs, packed lunch and flask. Toilet facilities are provided. Participants are to meet at the excavation site each day at 9:00. Accommodation, travel and lunch are not included. See the Visit Orkney website to book accommodation.
Places are limited (12 max.) so book now!
For more information about the UHI Archaeology Institute visit our website and blog.
The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to announce that this innovative interdisciplinary masters module is now enrolling students for 2018.
The course, that was so successful last year, can be studied either as a stand alone module or for Continuing Professional Development in the museums and galleries, community archaeology and the Creative Industries.
Designed and led by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and the Department of Art and Design at Orkney College UHI, this exciting course is a distance learning course and incorporates a four day residential workshop held in the unique location of Orkney, Scotland. It is a 20 credit SCQF Level 11 module which will appeal to those who have studied archaeology, art history, fine art or related subjects at undergraduate level.
The course can be taken as an optional elective module for students studying the Fine Art MA and the Archaeological Studies Mlitt / Archaeological Practice MSc programmes as well as other related programmes such as Music and the Environment, History, Cultural or Nordic Studies
Individuals may also enrol for this as a ‘stand-alone’ module, eg. as part of continuing professional development. It will be of interest to anyone based in Museums & Galleries, Community Archaeology and the Creative Industries
The module runs during Semester 2 – starting on February 2nd 2018 – May 2018. The schedule includes weekly lectures and seminars delivered by Video Conference and online learning – these will run on Friday morning over a 12-week period.
There is also an optional Residential Workshop (mid-February 2018) based in Orkney, which will involve fieldwork and practical workshops exploring art and archaeological practice.
The aim of the module is to research and explore the subject with an experimental approach, by looking at contemporary and historical contexts and case studies, through discussion and work with the group we hope to develop new thinking and understanding in this exciting area.
Outline of content:
Introduction to Art and Archaeology
Practical residential fieldwork & workshops in Orkney
Seeing, Engaging and Recording in Archaeology
Taking Art and Archaeology into the Landscape
Contemporary Art and Archaeology
Artefacts & Objects
Looking at Prehistoric Art
Group Presentations/ Seminars and Essay
Assessment and feedback
Entry requirements: honours degree in a relevant subject such as archaeology, art, design, art history, cultural studies or other closely related discipline such as arts or museum administration. Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Note that students are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for the four day residential workshop.
The course is also an optional module for students studying the Fine Arts MA, the Archaeological Studies MLitt, the Archaeological Practice MSc in addition to other related Music and the Environment, History, Cultural or Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
To apply and for more details, please contact Mary Connolly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form or 01856 569225
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are now enrolling for a new short course in Field Archaeology to be held at The Cairns Broch site – one of Orkney’s leading excavations.
When? 21-23 June 2017 (3 full days 9:00 – 16:30)
Where? The Cairns Broch excavations, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
This new short course in Field Archaeology from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Archaeology Institute aims to provide participants with basic training and understanding of the practices and processes in Field Archaeology.
Located at the on-going excavations at The Cairns broch, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, training will cover:
the principles of stratigraphy
basic site survey and
archaeological recording (drawn, written and photographic record).
In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, the course aims to equip participants with the skills and confidence to engage with other archaeological field projects or lead onto further studies in the discipline. Participants will be trained by professional archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and will form part of the large team at the excavation site.
Recommended equipment: Steel toe boots/wellies, full waterproofs, packed lunch and flask.
Please note: Toilet facilities are provided. Participants are to meet at the excavation site each day at 9:00. Accommodation, travel and lunch are not included.
Orkney has attracted seafaring activity over a long period of time-in both war and peace. The foreshore and intertidal zone around the islands are therefore littered with maritime archaeological remains of ships and equipment.
This NAS short course offers the opportunity to learn how to record and survey remains of our important maritime heritage on the beaches and intertidal zones around Orkney.
The University of the Highlands and Islands together with the Nautical Archaeology Society are now enrolling students for a 2-day marine archaeology course: Foreshore Recorder and Surveyor Days.
Duration: 2 Days
Time: 9.00 am to 5.00/6.30 pm
Dates: 1st and 2nd April 2017
Tutor: Sandra Henry, Mark Littlewood
Qualification: The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Foreshore Recorder and Surveyor Day
The cost excludes accommodation.
This two-day course is aimed at anyone interested in maritime archaeology and heritage. Participants will directly contribute to the understanding of Orkney past landscapes and ongoing monitoring of the wartime heritage in Scapa Flow.
Participants in the course will:
Learn about the factors involved in planning archaeological work and projects
Understand how to conduct a 2D survey
Learn how to set out and position-fix a grid (site dependant)
Understand how to use a planning frame
Produce a 2D survey that can be used for further project planning.
To reserve a place please contact:
Sandra Henry, The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LX.
The NAS MAC Introduction to Side Scan Sonar course is now open to professionals working in the maritime industry and students of marine archaeology.
The two-day course is held in Shetland on 18th and 19th March 2017.
Course Aims and Objectives
This introductory course will provide an insight into the equipment, survey strategies, processing and interpretation of side scan sonar data in maritime archaeology. During the course, students will learn how to plan and execute a side scan sonar survey, determining which survey methods are most appropriate in different situations. They will gain practical experience processing and interpreting the resulting data and will be made aware of protocols for disseminating the results.
Throughout the course, side scan surveys will be considered in light of other survey strategies available. Practical exercises will take place during the afternoon on both days and will include survey mobilisation, demobilisation, GPS positioning, data collection, data processing and reporting.
During the two-day course, students will examine:
Introduction to site types, targets and anomalies –which sites are best suited to side scan surveys
Designing a side scan sonar survey project: considerations and survey strategies
Types of side scan mounts and devices
Positioning: locating your sites
Practical: completing a side scan survey
Overview of other survey data processing packages, focussing in particular on Sonar Wiz 5 and Max View
Post processing and interpretation– guidance and recommendations
Practical: processing and interpreting survey data
Reporting and dissemination
Participants will complete the course with an understanding of the principles and practice of side scan sonar surveys
The students will be able to identify the most suitable equipment and survey strategy appropriate to specific site types and conditions
The students will have participated in the design and execution of a small side scan sonar survey
The student will have undertaken some basic data processing and will be aware of national guidance for the processing and interpretation of side scan sonar data.
NAS Credit Allocation
10 credits will be awarded to NAS members under the module Fieldwork National Occupational Standards for Archaeology Units: Unit code CU2099: Contribute to non-intrusive investigations
This course has been endorsed by the Charted Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) to count towards the required hours of continual professional development.
Cost for the course is £150 (excludes accommodation, ferries and meals)