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Arthur's Seat: Field Survey and GIS

*Dates for 2018 will be available soon*

HARP will be running a weeklong course based in Edinburgh and focusing on the archaeology of Arthur’s Seat & Holyrood Park. The course will provide training in how archaeological field surveys are carried out in a commercial archaeology setting. The course will run over five days and will allow participants to carry out desk-based research of the area, create maps of the known sites using GIS, conduct two days of field survey in Holyrood Park surveying and record the known sites as well as any previously unrecorded sites, before collating all of the information and creating a report on the findings.

The skills that will be learnt during the course will include: 
  • How and where to carry out desk based research in Scotland
  • How to produce maps using open source GIS software
  • How to identify and record archaeological sites in the field 
  • How to create a relevant report on the findings of the fieldwork
At the end of the week each participant will have completed a report on the archaeological sites in Holyrood Park and will have experience in how field surveys are carried out in commercial archaeology, valuable for anyone hoping to pursue a career in commercial archaeology.

The course will be run in conjunction with the university Archaeology Society and will be based in the archaeology department. The course will run Monday to Friday with two of the days used to conduct field survey on Arthur’s Seat. Two sessions will be on offer, at the end of May and beginning of June. The course will cost £95, with a £30 non-refundable deposit required to secure your place. This course is only being offered to Edinburgh students. For more information please contact us

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