Archaeological Landscape Survey Field School

A five day course introducing the disciplines of investigation and field surveying will be run by English Heritage from Monday 28 April to Friday 2 May 2014 at the University of Warwick.

Analytical survey and investigation of historic sites and landscapes has a vital role to play in archaeological interpretation and in conservation, evaluation and mitigation strategies. This five-day residential practical course includes a major fieldwork component, with ample opportunity for hands-on experience and the development of a range of appropriate survey skills. It is taught by archaeologists from English Heritage who have extensive experience in the use of both traditional and advanced methods of field investigation, survey and analysis.

Field survey will be conducted on an earthwork site near Warwick, where participants will learn principles of survey and undertake a variety of field techniques, including Total Station (TST) and Global Positioning System (GPS) survey, in working towards an understanding of the site in its landscape context.

Who should attend?

The course is intended to introduce the disciplines of investigation and survey for archaeologists actively involved with field survey, and those who need to use the results of such work, who wish to develop an understanding of observational, surveying and interpretive techniques.


At the end of the course, participants will have been introduced to:

  • the principles of survey
  • practical application of those principles
  • basic survey techniques
  • a range of state-of-the-art technological equipment
  • developing interpretation and understanding of archaeological earthworks and historic landscape features.


Classroom elements of the course will be taught at the Arden Suite, University of Warwick; the three days of practical work will take place at a nearby significant archaeological site which has not previously been subject to detailed investigation.

Course fee

The fee of £750 includes four nights full B&B, lunches, light refreshments and evening meals at Warwick Conference Centre, Arden Suite, from Monday 28 April - Thursday 1 May. Lunch and light refreshments will also be provided on Friday 2 May. If you do not require accommodation, the non-residential rate is £525 which includes lunches and light refreshments. Full course documentation and other materials are also provided.

How to apply

If you’d like to book a place on the course please complete and return the booking form below.

Closing date for applications: Friday 28 March 2014.

For more information please contact Alice Sirrelle at [email protected].

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