Curating the Palaeolithic: desk-based assessment and field evaluation

A one day CPD course, to be held on 15 September 2017 at the Birkbeck, University of London, to introduce heritage professionals to the Palaeolithic.
When
15 September 2017
Where
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street Building
Price
£95 (£50 for students)

This course is aimed at heritage professionals, in particular planning authority curators, consultants and contractors, and those who aspire to become involved in this sector. It would also be of benefit to anyone with an interest in the Palaeolithic who wants to learn better how to recognise, assess and investigate potentially important sites.

The course will provide an introduction to general curatorial principles in relation to managing the impact of development upon the historic environment, and how these should be specifically implemented for Palaeolithic remains - while the general principles are the same for the Palaeolithic as for other periods, there are some differences in the nature of Palaeolithic remains that require different approaches. The course will include introductory presentations followed by worked-through case-studies for desk-based assessment and field evaluation of Palaeolithic sites. The course will conclude with a general discussion of issues raised throughout the day and a “curatorial surgery” for which participants are encouraged to bring real-world questions and examples for discussion by the group.

Course Delivery Team

Dr Francis Wenban-Smith is a Principal Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. My work involves developing/leading major research projects and carrying out commercial archaeological investigations in advance of development, as a specialist in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods, Quaternary geoarchaeology and lithic analysis.

As Historic England’s Science Advisor for the South East, Jane Corcoran provides advice to Local Authority curators and archaeologists on scientific aspects of developer-funded projects. She previously worked for 15 years as a geoarchaeologist and specialist in Quaternary Science for a commercial archaeology unit, where her focus was on interpreting soils and sediments, in order to better understand archaeological evidence. A key part of this work involved developing deposit modelling techniques, in order to predict where archaeology might be found within deep sequences of natural deposits. She is currently working with an external team on Historic England’s Deposit Modelling Guidelines, as well as advising on the updating of the Palaeolithic Guidance.

When

15 September 2017

Where

Birkbeck University, London

Price

£95 the price includes lunch and course materials.

We have a limited number of places available for registered students at the special price of only £50 (including lunch, refreshments and course materials). For further information and to book email heritagepractice@le.ac.uk

If you have any questions please contact Pete on heritagepractice@le.ac.uk or 0116 223 1987.

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