Understanding and Recording Coastal Archaeology content Introduction to the Archaeology of Lewis and Harris

Understanding and Recording Coastal Archaeology

This course is designed to provide key archaeological recording skills for members of the local community with an interest in Scottish archaeology, specifically eroding coastal archaeology.

The course will be delivered over ten weeks starting at the end of October. The course will be delivered via five online classes/seminars, four practical classes, supported with at least seven Brightspace VLE topics. The course will be taught through a mixture of Virutal Learning Environment (VLE) Discussion boards, lectures/seminars (available via webex) and practical classes. There will be two recap sessions after New Year and a final assessment for submission at the end of January.

  • Start Date: 30th October
  • Contact: for more information
  • Part time: 10 week course
  • Study Method: Blended - Online and practicals at Uist locations
  • Cost: £200

Week 1: 30th October 2021

  • Introduction to the course, including introduction to Hebridean archaeology
  • Field Trip: drone surveys with Ellie Graham

Week 2: 6th November 2021

  • Virtual fieldtrip to Uist
  • Understanding the machair and eroding archaeology

Week 3: 13th November 2021

  • Virtual field manual
  • Climate change and heritage seminar – linking with COP 25
  • Fieldtrip – Understanding and recording stratigraphy & archaeological photography

Week 4: 20th November 2021

  • Virtual field manual
  • Fieldtrip – creating scaled drawings

Week 5: 27th November 2021

  • Virtual field manual
  • Fieldtrip - Archaeological survey, mapping and using a total station

Week 6: 4th December

  • Coastal archaeology readings
  • Understanding the Palaeoenvironment and prehistoric and historic landscape change

Week 7: 11th December

  • Professional guidelines, archaeology and the law, judging significance and mitigating impacts

Week 8: 18th December

  • Virtual fieldtrips – Orkney
  • The prehistoric environment readings and discussion board