Once again we are offering our fantastic Masterclass in Landscape Archaeology with Stewart Ainsworth & Al Oswald

Our original Masterclass, an introduction to reading and interpreting the landscape will run from June 5 – 7 2020

Arrival on Friday evening with an introductory talk and a welcome meal at a local hotel , followed by two days out on the Epiacum site , exploring an archaeological landscape with evidence of 3000 years of human habitation

Stewart gives an overview of the weekend here………

Landscape investigation is primarily an outdoors activity, and normally takes place before anything else such as geophysical survey or excavation. It involves no damage to archaeological remains and relies on an ability to observe and analyse things that are visible to the naked eye. It is relatively easy to learn and does not demand expensive, complex equipment or resources. In terms of understanding the past it usually offers a high return for a small effort. For many landscapes the largest source of evidence for finding and understanding where and how our ancestors lived, is still visible to the naked eye. To see it we simply have to learn how to look.

We have delivered previously well-received masterclasses in landscape archaeology Unravelling Epiacum and Exploring the landscape of Epiacum which focussed on learning how to recognise, interpret and understand archaeological evidence in the stunning earthworks of Epiacum Roman fort and the surrounding landscape.


The cost for this weekend is £235 and includes the Friday evening meal, lunches and refreshments on both days

Our second 2020 Masterclass will run from 3 – 5 July 2020 and this will include the geophysical survey of a settlement close to the Epiacum Fort . More details to follow but the format will be the same as the June weekend .

The cost of this weekend will be slightly increased to £250 , to cover additional costs 


For more details about either weekend, please email us at . We can send further details about how to book and local accommodation providers


Many individuals and organisations are involved with the management of Epiacum. We would particularly like to thank the following: Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, Historic England, and Natural England