In conjunction with the Centre for Open Studies (Glasgow University), as a precursor to the 2-year Certificate in Field Archaeology, ACFA ran a 2-day training course in Pollok Park on 25/26May 2013.
The optimum number of students for our resources was estimated at 15 divided into teams of three with a tutor for each team. Saturday began with a crash course in field survey with a useful ‘Idiot’s guide’ hand-out and a demonstration of tape offset in the lecture room. After a picnic lunch the group was led on a tour of the archaeological features of the park.
On Sunday, the groups of three were allocated a tutor and set to drawing one of the features. At the end of the day the students returned to the lecture room for a winding up session. Responses were uniformly enthusiastic; students had learned that archaeology was not just about digging and they had begun to understand how to read landscape.