MOLA Academy for Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST): Rediscovering Roman London

03.03.2022 to 26.05.2022

MOLA, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED

Time: Thursdays from 13:30 - 15:30

Price: 3 fully funded places are available free of charge to eligible applicants. Only fully funded places are still available.

We are excited to announce our next specialist-led archaeology training programme as part of the MOLA Academy of Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST). Made possible by the generous support of The Headley Trust, 'Rediscovering Roman London' will be run for 11 weeks, plus an additional follow-up lecture. The course will be delivered by our internationally renowned archaeological experts, allowing participants to play a part in piecing together stories of the past.

Participants will join a team of archaeological finds specialists as they identify, record and analyse artefacts from Bucklersbury in the heart of Roman London. An excavation in the 1980s uncovered 2nd century AD timber Roman buildings facing onto the main road that ran through Londinium. The artefacts discovered include the personal possessions of the people who lived in these buildings and a large group of Roman pottery, possibly representing unsold stock from a warehouse or shop on this busy street that was destroyed in a fire. This pottery will form the central focus of the course, with participants learning how to use this material to answer archaeological questions.

During the course participants will have the opportunity to:

  • handle and record Roman finds from London
  • choose an artefact to research and write a blog about it for the MOLA website 
  • carry out investigative work and co-author an article about the project, the site and the material they have been recording and putting it into its wider context
  • contribute directly to updating the original records of a significant archaeological site from the City of London, previously confined to the archive

This course is for anyone aged 18 or over with a personal or professional interest in archaeology. It is approved by CIfA (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists) and participants who complete a minimum of 9 out of 11 sessions will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Sessions will take place every Thursday from 13:30 – 15:30 between 3rd March - 26th May 2022 (plus a follow-up lecture – date TBC).

It should be noted that there is some overlap with the MAAST 2020 course, terms of the course context and material that will be convered, but the content has been redesigned to provide a more intensive 11 week course.


The safety of all our staff and participants is our priority. MAAST 2022 will be run with a COVID-secure risk assessment in line with current guidance. This will be shared with participants before the course begins. Please be aware that participants may be asked to wear a mask whilst in attendance, unless exempt.


Only fully funded, supported places are now open.

To apply please complete the General Application Form below by 23:59 on 21st February 2022 and return to or by post to Helen Chittock, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED. Successful applicants will be informed by 28th February 2021 at the very latest.

Priority will be given to those who are able to demonstrate:

  • a desire to enhance their professional knowledge or an interest in life-long learning
  • willingness and ability to commit to the entire 11-weeks of the course (at least 9 sessions must be completed in order to receive the end of course certificate)


Thanks to generous support from The Headley Trust, we are offering three fully funded places free of charge for this course to eligible applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Hackney or Islington
  • Able to provide evidence of claiming Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance. No details will be retained, but you will need to provide evidence at the first lesson
  • Able to commit to the time every week for the duration of the course
  • Not in education, employment or training

To apply please complete the Fully Funded Place Application Form below by 23:59 on 21st February 2022 and return to or by post to Helen Chittock, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED. Successful applicants will be informed by 28th February 2022 at the very latest.