Training so far

Group trained by Dr Simon Collcutt to use auger to sample sediments below ploughsoil.

Setting out field walking grids by practising using ‘3-4-5’ triangles to set out a right angle.

Training with Ice Age Journeys

The work of Ice Age Journeys could not take place without a reliable workforce of committed volunteers and we warmly welcome new recruits, irrespective of previous experience of archaeology.

With Ice Age Journeys, novices can learn new skills at a level and pace appropriate for them in supportive and friendly situations, enabling them to develop competence and confidence working alongside more skilled volunteers and/or professional archaeologists. Some volunteers become involved in the shaping the work of Ice Age Journeys by sharing and developing ideas and forward planning, whilst others just want to dig. Some do a bit of both. The schedule of varied activities is advertised well in advance, allowing participants a degree of flexibility to choose a level of commitment that suits them.

Ice Age Journeys keeps in regular contact and disseminates information in a variety of formats as well as hard copy and website updates. Volunteers also enjoy additional social activities, engage in car-sharing, exchange reading material and many more benefits.

Training opportunities include:-

  • Health and Safety
  • A variety of field work skills
  • Systematic Field Walking
  • Practical excavation techniques involved in digging test-pits
  • Documentation and recording by drawing and photography
  • Augering including analysis and recording of samples
  • Surveying using electronic data measuring equipment
  • Finds processing including cleaning, identification and recording
  • A variety of outreach work including giving guided talks on site, mounting displays, work with schools and making presentations at information events.

In addition, volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside and acquire first-hand experience from professional archaeologists and visiting leading academics.

Flint identification and knapping techniques with David Budge.

Flint knapping demonstration on site open day with Professor Nick Barton offering his expert opinion.