The MOLA Academy of Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST) is an archaeology training initiative run by our specialists to share their expertise, so that more people can contribute to the creation of new archaeological knowledge.
There are untold treasures held in archaeological archives that have not yet been studied in depth. MAAST invites people to help piece together stories of the past.
Fifteen trainees from outside the professional archaeological community were invited to participate free of charge in weekly two-hour classroom sessions and practical workshops led by a range of experts from our team. Topics included sorting, identifying and recording different types of artefact, as well as archaeological photography and drawing. Participants worked with 18th- and 19th-century archaeological material excavated from a site in America Square in London. Documentary research carried out alongside the sessions by some of the participants enabled the identification, with a reasonable degree of certainty, of the original owner of the discarded material: George Wolff, a Norwegian-born Danish Consul, who moved out of No. 16 America Square in 1808.