Activities and Events

We are co-ordinating a series of archaeological workshops and training events between August 2018 and May 2021 focused on Hume Castle and its surrounding landscape. Over the 3 years the training events and workshops will provide an opportunity to gain insight and learn practical archaeological skills including:

  • Desk Based and Historical Assessments
  • Monument Identification and Recording
  • Geophysics
  • Grave Yard Survey and Recording
  • Plan Table Survey
  • Historic Building Recording
  • Excavation
  • Archaeological Interpretation and exhibitions
  • Digital Illustration

Full details of each event and workshop will be distributed through project partners, social media, and local media outlets, and will provide a set number of bookable places for volunteers to get involved in the project.

The first events will take place in August 2018 and will include the following opportunities:

Desk Based Assessment and Historical Research training workshop:

Two separate sessions will be held on Wednesday 8th August in a local community centre (time and location to be confirmed). This workshop will provide full details and training on how to access historical and archaeological information online, and how to critically assess such documentation prior to the start of an archaeological investigation. The outcomes of this workshop will help to steer the research of a 2-week field project being held in August 2018. Eight places are available for each session.

Graveyard Survey: 

To be held between 10th and 21st August 2018, a graveyard survey will be conducted at the Hume Kirkyard to identify and record the remains of both the grave markers, and the visible archaeological remains within the kirkyard. Full training will be provided on how to identify and record gravestones; how to record the condition of monuments; plane table survey; and photographic recording in archaeology. The survey will be running over a period of ten days, and six places will be available each day.
 
Geophysics Workshops:

To be held between 17th and 21st August 2018, a geophysics survey will be carried out within, and around, the Hume Kirkyard, in order to identify sub surface features and remains in the area.  Full training will be provided on: What is geophysics?; How to carry out a survey; and what do the results mean? The survey will be running over a period of five days, and six places will be available each day.

Walkover Survey Workshops:

To be held between 10th and 21st August 2018 an archaeological walkover survey will be carried out within the landscape surrounding Hume Castle in order to identify any traces of archaeological sites and monuments. The workshops will provide full training on how to identify monuments in the field; how to record and map archaeological monuments. The survey will be running over a period of ten days, and six places will be available each day.

Historic Building Recording:

To be held between 10th and 21st August 2018 an Historic Building Recording Survey will be carried out at Hume Castle in order to produce an up to date, condition report of the extant remains. The survey will provide full training in how to complete a photographic survey of Hume Castle; technical drawing of Hume Castle; and creating written records for Hume Castle. The survey will be running over a period of ten days, and six places will be available each day.


If you are interested in taking part in any of the above activities please complete the volunteer booking form below, indicating the days that you would like to attend and which workshops you would like to take part in. Places are open to all ages and abilities (under 16’s will need to be accompanied by an adult). Due to the limited number of spaces in each activity each day, places will be allotted to ensure that priority will be given to those who have not taken part in certain activities over those who have signed up for the same activity over multiple days. If places on the activity are full, places on an alternative activity will be offered. This is to ensure that as many volunteers as possible get the opportunity to take part.  Completed forms should be emailed to ian.harparchaeology@googlemail.com

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. More information regarding the workshops will be sent out in due course. 

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Harp Archaeology,
8 Aug 2018, 06:28
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