Archaeological Project Management

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
January 23, 2021


This course provides an introduction to the management of Marine Archaeological Projects. The course will provide an insight into some of the factors to be considered when running projects and highlights some of the problems that may be encountered.

Through a series of presentations and some practical exercises, participants will complete the course with an understanding of what is required to design and manage an archaeological project. This will include gaining an overview of the main factors to consider when planning an archaeological project; understanding the legal and safety implications behind undertaking a project management role; understanding the responsibilities of the manager with respect to all aspects of a project, from concept through to final archiving, dissemination and publication. By the end of the course each participant will have completed a couple of practical exercises, including the design of their own plan for a simple archaeological project.

It will also involve some homework to be submitted after the course for extra NAS credits.


The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Training programme, as well as professional archaeologists wanting to manage their own archaeological projects, and will cover the following aspects:

  • Project designs and planning
  • Selecting venues and timings
  • Permissions and legal considerations
  • Health & Safety / Risk Assessments
  • Delegation & responsibilities
  • Equipment, funding & publicity
  • Data management, archiving and publication
    Publicity, media and funding
  • Communications, documentation & administration
  • Research, education & training
  • Post-project activities

NAS members will earn 5 credits for attending with the opytion to earn more credits by submitting homework.


A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme – it only takes a minute to do.

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at for a test run before the course.


NAS members £30
Non-NAS members £60 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you’re better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)


Ian is a NAS Senior Tutor and runs the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit. He ran a boat building company for 30 years, has extensive experience of running Maritime Archaeological Projects both in the UK and abroad, and will be sharing his first-hand knowledge with participants during the course.


Please note the Timetable is provisional and may be subject to change

Morning Session: Planning a Project:

10:00 Logon, on-line etiquette and introductions (by the course Host)

10:20 Planning an Archaeological Project (Types of Projects)

10:40 Establishing a Project Plan (Aims & Objectives)

11:00 Venues, Timetables & having a Plan B!

11:20 Break / First Practical Exercise

11:50 Review of the First Practical Exercise

12:10 Permissions & Legal Considerations

12:25 Health & Safety / Risk Assessments

12:40 Equipment, Funding & Publicity

13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Running the Project:

13:45 Communications, Documentation & Administration

14:05 Dealing with Publicity and the Media

14:25 Research, Education & Training

14:50 Introduction to the Second Practical Exercise

15:10 Break / Planning the Second Practical Exercise

15:40 Being Imaginative & Thinking Outside the Box

16:00 Post-project activities (Archiving, Dissemination & Publication)

16:25 Final Thoughts & General Discussions

16:40 Getting Involved with NAS (presentation by the course Host)

17:00 Feedback and course end