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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Free Archaeological Training at Maldon: 13-15 May 2016

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received the following information from CITiZAN: 

CITiZAN - free archaeological training at Maldon's Barge Graveyard, May 2016

I hope your members may be interested in the following: an archaeological skills training event at the Barge Graveyard on 13th - 15th May 2016. If you could forward the below to your members that would be great; I do hope that some of you will be able to attend. Please email me if you have any questions.

Best wishes

Free training in archaeological recording methods from CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)

Wind, waves and winter storms wreak havoc on England's coastal and estuarine heritage by exposing sites and washing them away before they are ever seen. CITiZAN is a response to these threats to our island heritage. We are a community archaeology project actively promoting the recording and long-term monitoring of these sites by a band of dedicated volunteers.

On the 13th-15th May CITiZAN will be holding a free training weekend focusing on the Barge Graveyard in Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex.

This fascinating site contains the remains of 15 or more vessels including named Thames sailing barges, fishing vessels, an Admiralty launch and a lighter.On Friday 13th May, 6-9pm at the Moot Hall in Maldon, there’ll be a classroom session with talks on CITiZAN aims and methods, research questions for the site and Health and Safety on the foreshore. We’ll also have a ‘dry run’ at scale planning. On Saturday (11.30-14.30) and Sunday (12.30-15.30) we’ll be down on the foreshore on for a short guided tour of the site then we’ll record of one or more of the vessels using proformas, photography and scale drawing.

The weekend will equip you with skills in archaeological recording techniques and help to add detail to CITiZAN’s interactive map of coastal and intertidal archaeology. There’s also the potential for follow up work which would contribute to the aims of the East of England archaeological research framework: “a survey of the shipwrecks along the estuaries, coast and offshore is needed. The survey should be coupled with historic research and cross-reference to records of groups such as the Society for Sailing Barges”.All attendees with recieves a CPD certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills Passport.

The site is near to car parking in Promenade Park but please note that access to the site is via a narrow, informal path that can get slippery. The site lies on the intertidal mud flat and wellington boots are advised.

To sign up for the weekend, or for further information, please contact Lara at
Lara Band | CITiZAN Archaeologist for Training
CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)

CITiZAN is hosted by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) with partners the Council for British Archaeology and National Archaeology Society.  The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and National Trust with additional support from Historic England.

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