Introduction to Community Based Archaeology

Venue: Rothwell Community Hub, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0AE

Dates: Every Tuesday, 17 April – 15 May

Time: 19.30 – 21.00

Cost: £60

Members of South Leeds Archaeology at work on a Community Archaeology Project

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at archaeology and not known where to start? If so, this 5-week course is for you. The aim is to take people with an interest in the subject through the basics of archaeology so that they can feel confident to volunteer for work on a Community Archaeology Project. Tuition will be given by Mike Turpin, Dave Weldrake and other members of South Leeds Archaeology.

Topics will include:

  • Finds are an important part of any excavation. These are fragments of clay tobacco pipes, probably from the 1800s. There’s little that can be said about the pieces of stem but it might be possible to date the bowls as some of them appear to have the manufacturer’s initials incorporated into the design.

    Researching a project: Archives, online resources, map regression

  • Carrying out recording fieldwork: Project design, excavation, field walking
  • Post-excavation: analysing the finds, writing reports

A full course outline is available on the South Leeds Archaeology website at

For further information or to book a place contact:

Mike Turpin


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