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ECHO Schools and Training Unit
As part of ECHOís dedication to education a series of schools have been designed and further facilities are in the process of being established to fulfil this aim.

The first in a series of ECHO Fieldschools is planned for summer of 2011. This new initiative in the Wadi Tumilat and at Kafr Hassan Dawood (KHD) comes out of previous investigations in the region and also the SCA directive for more work to be conducted in the Delta. The need for fieldschools, particularly those focusing on bioarchaeology was apparent to Prof. Fekri A. Hassan (one of ECHOís founders and Honorary President) in 1995 when he first visited the site of Kafr Hassan Dawood. From 1995 until 1999 the site played host to Egypt's first Field Archaeology & Conservation Research & Training Centre, where Egyptian and archaeologists from abroad were trained in modern field excavation and conservation methods and theory. In 1998-9 the site hosted the UNESCO Fieldschool on the excavation of human remains. In 2000 an international workshop (co-sponsored by Prof. Hassan and ECHOís trustee Dr. Terri Tucker) was held in Qantara to discuss the various issues surrounding the excavation, conservation and curation of human remains in Egypt. A manual focusing on the particular problems of excavating in Egypt was highlighted as one of the most valuable tools needed, as was the holding of more fieldschools. A manual has since been produced (by one of ECHOís founders and Managing Director): Tassie, G. J. & Owens, L. S. 2010. Standards of Archaeological Excavation; A Fieldguide to the Methodology, Recording Techniques, and Conventions. London: Golden House Publications, and a small brochure in Arabic by Prof. Simon Hillson on the excavation of human remains.


Prof. Fekri Hassan demonstrating the use of the Brunton pocket theodolite at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Prof. Fekri Hassan demonstrating measuring techniques at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD

The success of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project Fieldschools, building on the original UNESCO fieldschools held at KHD has demonstrated not only the viability but worth of holding fieldschools in Egypt. This current project has been initiated at the request of several people who would like to attend not only a bioarchaeology fieldschool, but one dedicated to the Predynastic and state formation processes. However, the field teamís first obligation is to the archaeological remains, and as in other parts of Egypt, KHD and other sites in the Wadi Tumilat are under threat from modern pressures. Agricultural land is encroaching on KHD causing the groundwater to rise; this process has accelerated over recent years. The eastern part of the site is particularly at risk making it imperative that the research is conducted soon. This course, taught by many Trustees and members of ECHO provide an introduction to the methods of excavating burials, from planning an excavation to storage and keeping an archival record. The excavation strategy is presented in terms of the recovery of all archaeological remains and the precise recording of their contextual and spatial associations. The emphasis is on gaining practical knowledge of the most up-to-date procedures; in an integrated approach to excavation where conservation is an essential element of the excavation process. The course will also cover the theoretical aspects of state formation and Lower Egyptian prehistory, as well as the social significance of burials, Site visits to early sites identified by earlier surveys are essential to record their current state of preservation and potential for further investigation.


Dr Teri Tucker giving hands-on instruction on the excavation of human remains at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Mr Ashraf el-Senussi lecturing on ceramic analysis at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Prof. Mohammed Hamden lecturing on geoarchaeology at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Prof. Simon Hillson demonstrating the use of the dumpy level at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Dr Tassie lecturing on excavation methodology at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD

ECHO is also in the process of establishing a cultural heritage management fieldschool in Luxor using the vernacular buildings there. Unlike the fieldschools at KHD this course will provide an introduction to the methods of site management, from the planning process and stakeholder participation through the legal framework to keeping an archival record. The emphasis is on gaining both practical and theoretical knowledge of the procedures involved in cultural heritage management. The subjects covered include regional surveying, keeping of accurate records, creating sites and monuments records, preservation of sites, presentation of cultural heritage, assessing visitor flows and prevention of looting. The course will also cover the ethical, legal and theoretical aspects of cultural heritage management (CHM). The course is designed to provide the most important, current information on the subject. The course consists of lectures and fieldtrips to museums, visitor centres and archaeological sites.


Prof. Fekri Hassan lecturing on CHM at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD


Miss Amanda Sutherland lecturing on conservation techniques at the UNESCO Fieldschool, KHD

All students are taught the fundamentals of archaeology at fieldschools held in the UK or at other sites in Europe before participating in the advanced fieldschools in the Near East and Africa.


Building recording in Cornwall


Instruction on Excavation methodology in Cornwall


Finds processing


The importance of Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) in Truro

Those interested in participating in one of these courses should contact ECHO to find out the current timetable and availability of places via email on: egyptianheritage@yahoo.co.uk