Archaeological Skills and Equipment Directory

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One of the challenges faced by archaeological societies in Yorkshire, whether new or old,
when they embark on projects, is where to look for assistance, expertise and equipment.
Conversely, many experienced groups, individuals and organisations have reserves of skills
and tools which they would be only too willing to share if approached.

CBA Yorkshire is hoping to bridge this gap by developing an Archaeological Skills and
Equipment Directory.

The idea is quite simple: those with something to offer – knowledge, excavation tools,
survey equipment, etc. – will be able to list their resources in our directory (see below). CBA
Yorkshire will not publicise what you have on offer, but we will publish an anonymous check
list, so that we can match member’s requests with the assistance available. The check list
will also be a helpful resource for new starters who are thinking about the tools and skills
they may need.

If a member’s request matches a member’s offer CBA Yorkshire will put the two in touch so
that they can arrange the loan or skill support following CBA Yorkshire’s guidelines.

How to register your offer

If you are able to provide assistance, either free of charge or for a nominal donation to your
group, please complete our digital form below and return it to or
post a printed copy to the address provided on the form.

CBAY Skills and Equipment Offer Form

Contact and other details will be kept securely by CBA Yorkshire in accordance with GDPR,
and only shared when permission has been granted.

The directory is split into five categories:

  • Excavation tools
  • Planning, recording and surveying equipment
  • Finds management
  • Logistics
  • Skills

Advice for project equipment

We have also created a series of notes that may be of some use to your project, covering a variety of fieldwork methods such as fieldwalking, geophysics and total stations, as well as others. It is not an exhaustive list but it is designed to be as simple guide to designing good fieldwork. See Handy notes for project equipment