MAAST Understanding Roman Artefacts

MOLA Academy for Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST): Understanding Roman Artefacts

16.01.2020 to 25.06.2020

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

Time: Thursdays from 14.00 - 16.00

Price: £295 (5 fully funded places are available free of charge to eligible applicants – see below for details)

Following the success of the 2019 pilot, 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, 'Understanding Roman Artefacts'  will be run for 22 weeks by our internationally renowned archaeological experts, allowing people outside the professional archaeological community to play a part in piecing together stories of the past. 

Participants will work with real Roman archaeological material from Bucklersbury House, a site at the heart of the City of London, to learn how to identify and record different types of archaeological artefact including pottery, glass, animal bones, and small finds made of metal and leather. Specialist-led classroom sessions and practical hands-on group workshops will cover a wide range of skills integral to the archaeological process, including photography and illustration.

The course will lead to an online and printed article of the group’s findings, and is approved by CIfA (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists). Participants who complete a minimum of 17 out of 22 sessions will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Sessions will take place every Thursday from 14:00 – 16:00 between the following dates: 

Term 1: 16 January – 2 April 2020

Term 2: 23 April – 25 June 2020


General application process:

To apply please complete the General application form below by 23:59 on 1st December 2019 and return to or by post to Ashley Almeida, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.  We will endeavour to inform successful applicants by the 6th December 2019. Priority will be given to those who are able to demonstrate:

  • A desire to enhance their professional knowledge or interest in life-long learning
  • Willingness and ability to commit to the entire 22-weeks of the course (at least 17 sessions must be completed in order to receive the end of course certificate)

Please note that in order to be eligible for this course, you must not:

  • Have been substantively involved in another MOLA project (e.g. Thames Discovery Programme, CITiZAN, MAAST) within the last 3 years
  • Currently be studying for an archaeology degree 


Fully funded places application process:

Thanks to generous support from The Headley Trust, we are offering five 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 1st December 2019 and return to or by post to Ashley Almeida, MAAST, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.

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