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Anyone interested in learning about woodland archaeology. Suitable for general interest, woodland owners, foresters, woodland managers, and those involved in community woodlands

Course overview

  • Introduction
  • Geology and landscape history
  • Place names; archive and OS / Tithe maps
  • Industrial processes associated with woodland
  • Identifying features in the wood (outdoor exercise):

    • boundary banks,
    • coppice stubs,
    • iron working,
    • charcoal,
    • saw pits

  • Where to go next for further advice; recommended reading
  • Reasons for recording archaeological features
  • Measuring and surveying techniques for recording archaeological features – know what measurements are relevant for a given feature, know how to take them, recording the elements of a feature
  • Use of equipment
  • Practical recording exercises in the wood
  • Adding information to the Heritage Environment Record

Course reference: FOP028

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Dates & Location:


8th December 2018

Time: 10:00- 16:00

Location: Plumpton 




We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.

  • Discover the latest equipment for your course

You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a WoodMizer saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.

  • Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills

You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.

  • Experience our fantastic modern facilities

Our superb site at Flimwell features our working commercial woodland plus modern workshop – an ideal base for your studies 

  • Benefit from our excellent local connections

You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.

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