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NAS Part 1: Certificate in foreshore and underwater archaeology

What does the course involve?
The NAS Part 1 Certificate builds on the knowledge and skills learnt during the Introduction Course. The course aims to introduce archaeological projects from the planning phase through to carrying out a 3D survey and publishing the results. The course is held over 2 days and just like the Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology, will combine theory and practical sessions.

The course combines both theory and practical sessions, where partcipants will plan and carry out their own small survey project building on the 2D survey skills learnt during the Introduction Course with practical 3D survey skills.

The Part 1 course includes one years 'Online Newsletter' membership of the NAS.

If you are attending a Part 1 course, pre-order the NAS Handbook and receive a 10% discount on the members price, making this must-have book just £18!!

As well as looking a project planning and building on the 2D survey techniques into 3D, the course will also look at other issues which may arise during a project, such as safety and logistics, search and survey methods, and dealing with archaeological finds. Through the use of case studies and examples NAS Tutors will also demonstrate how all of these factors come together for a successful project.

For an example timetable on what the day involves please click the link below. Please note that this is a sample timetable and specific timing may vary from course to course.

Part 1 Timetable

Part IWho can get involved?
The Part 1 Course is open to anyone who has previously completed the NAS Introduction Course. There are no other pre-requisties for the course. There is no age limit on the course, however we ask that those under 16 are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The course is open to both divers and non-divers and there will be no difference in the qualification awarded.

Does the course involve diving?
For those who are attending the course as divers, there will be the opportunity to plan and undertake a small 3D survey project underwater. The diving is normally held in a controlled open water environment such as a quarry or sheltered bay. For those who wish to attend as divers the minimum diving qualification is CMAS 2-Star, BSAC Sport Diver, SAA Club Diver, or PADI Advanced Open Water or CMAS 1-Star/BSAC Ocean Diver/SAA Open Water Diver/PADI Open Water with at least 25 open water UK dives.

It does not matter if you are not a diver, as any diving element of the course will be entirely optional and further dry land practicals and examples will be provided, giving those who do not wish to dive an opportunity to undertake a more detailed survey exercise to hone skills and techniques. Many nautical or maritime sites are located on the foreshore or completely on dry land so there is plenty to get involved with.

During the course of the year some 'non-diving' courses may be offered. These are open to both non-divers and divers, however no underwater practical sessions will be offered.

How much does the course cost?
The cost of the Part 1 course will vary depending on venue and other costs, please visit the course diary for more informaiton on current courses and fees.

Please note that the course fee does not include any entrance or membership fees required by venues where courses may be held, including Stoney Cove, Vobster Quay, Capernwray, Guildenburgh Water, Buckland Lake and Chepstow.

Can you run a course for our club or group?
If your group has already completed an Introduction Course then we would be more than happy to look at arranging a bespoke Part I course for you. We can come to you and run a course over 2 days to suit you, either over a weekend or during the week. It may also be possible to run a course over two consecutive weekends. We will usually need a minimum of 6-8 participants for a course and a maximum of 16, however this is flexible depending on the group and the facilities available. For more information or if you would like to discuss a bespoke course further, please contact the NAS Office.

What participants thought...

"Fascinating course, the tutors made it interesting throughout and were all friendly, helpful and approachable"

"Good detail given in a relaxed atmosphere"

"Can't fault it. The right degree of seriousness and informity"

"Throughly enjoyed it all and definately will be getting involved"

Can't make it to one of our face-to-face courses?
The NAS ELearning Programme is designed with you in mind. Learn the theory elements of this course from the comfort of your sofa and then have fun learning the practical at a fieldschool near you.

Please click here for more information on NAS ELearning.