Connect at Calderstones - Ready to Get Digging: Fieldwork

February-19-2015 – February-19-2015

Meet the Museum of Liverpool Archaeologists and learn how archaeologists prepare for an excavation, what equipment they need, how they choose where to dig, and how they sort out finds which have been excavated (primarily aimed at family audience). Part of the 'Connect at Calderstones' project led by The Reader Organisation - a Liverpool based reading charity to engage the public with the local heritage of Calderstones Park. It is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to restore the Grade II listed Calderstones Mansion House in Calderstones Park and provide a new home for the Calder Stones. Although the house dates from the 19th Century its name is centuries older and comes from six highly decorated megaliths, thought to be the remains of a Neolithic passage grave.

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Archaeology Live! 2015: Fieldwork

April-06-2015 – August-23-2015

In 2014, we found evidence of an ever changing landscape that began the 19th century as a busy and rather smelly semi-industrial yard, before being absorbed by All Saints church to become a burial ground in 1826. This quiet place of remembrance would receive the remains of parishioners old and young until 1860, when All Saints church hall was built. This building was used as a Sunday school, a mortuary chapel and even a boxing club, until its demolition in 2013. Pre-dating all of this, we began to discover elements of a much altered post-medieval rectory, wall footings that could once have been a row of medieval cottages and pits and deposits relating to the site's 12th century occupation. In 2015, we aim to look more closely at these features and to see what surprises are laying in wait beneath them. The dates for the 2015 season will follow the same format as last year, with three main sessions and a number of weekend courses. The 2015 dates are as follows: Spring session Monday April 6th - Friday April 17th 2015, Weekend course Saturday April 11th - Sunday April 12th 2015, Summer session Monday June 22nd - Friday September 11th 2015. Weekend course Saturday August 22nd- Sunday August 23rd 2015. An Autumn dig will be scheduled in 2015, most likely occurring in October. Please email us to express interest.

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Thornton Abbey Medieval Hospital and Cemetery 2015: Fieldwork

May-28-2015 – July-26-2015

Since 2011 The University of Sheffield has been undertaking a long-term research programme on the abbey precinct. This not only aims to undertake a complete topographical and geophysical survey of the monastic enclosure, it also include targeted excavation of the identified medieval and post-dissolution features in order to gain a better understanding of the site's long history. During the 2015 season we will be continuing our excavation in the area identified last year as the location of the medieval monastic hospital of St James and its associated cemetery. Trenches will be located over the east end of the hospital chapel, the infirmary hall, as well as the cemetery area. Students attending the field school play a central role in continuing the geophysical and topographical survey of this area, as well as taking part in the excavation of the trenches. You will also have the opportunity to excavate in the cemetery and help process the human bones and other artefacts. All work is supervised by experienced staff from the University of Sheffield, volunteers get to take part in all the key activities. The field school fee is £195.00 per week. This includes supervision, course materials, all meals, camping space and pick up & drop off at the local train station (Thornton Abbey).

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Meillionydd excavations: Fieldwork

June-01-2015 – July-24-2015

For the past five years Bangor University’s School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology has conducted excavations at the 'double ringwork' hilltop enclosure at Meillionydd, near Rhiw, on the Llyn peninsula in northwest Wales. Last year excavations in the entrance area of the Bronze/Iron Age settlement were completed. In 2015 we will be examining an area in the centre of the site which, according to the GPR interpretation, seems to be a very densely build area with various roundhouses. This will give us a chance to gain a better understanding of the complex stratigraphy on site. The excavation is run as an archaeological field school for archaeology students. The project is also open to a limited number of external volunteers, all of whom will be trained in archaeological excavation and field recording techniques alongside the students. Preference may be given to volunteers who do have some archaeological fieldwork experience, depending on supervision capacity of excavation staff. Welsh-speaking participants are also preferred.

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Newbarns, Dumfries and Galloway 2015: Fieldwork

June-08-2015 – August-01-2015

Annual excavation of prehistoric burial cairns, dating from the Neolithic to Iron Age with later settlement in the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods. Local camping sites available. Under 16's welcome with an adult. Cost on application and training by arrangement. Apply with CV.

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The Lough Key Archaeological Project: Fieldwork

June-22-2015 – July-05-2015

The Lough Key Archaeological Project is an intensive field survey and excavation of one of the more important high status Gaelic lordship caputs in Ireland, that of the MacDermots of Moylurg. Students who participate in this program will utilize a variety of field survey techniques, including topographical and geophysical survey, as well as cutting edge aerial and satellite analysis. Test excavations are going to begin this summer. The project is developing an online digital repository for presentation and archiving. The surveys from 2012-14 have revealed an extremely complex and rich landscape with settlement features including a moated site (referenced in the Irish annals in the year 1225 as a market town), several ringforts, and, of course, the Rock of Lough Key, one of the most prominent castle-crannogs in the west of Ireland.

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Bridge Farm, Sussex: Fieldwork

June-26-2015 – August-08-2015

Excavation opportunity and/or Training Course at the recently discovered defended 1st-4th century. Romano-British settlement just north of Lewes. New ground opened for 3rd exciting season. Volunteer fees £25 for 7 days or £50 for season. 4 week introductory training course (including camping) at £440. General camping £50 per week.

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Roman Devon Field School 2015: Fieldwork

July-06-2015 – July-31-2015

This year at Ipplepen in South Devon we will continue to investigate in detail structures in the busiest area of the largest known Romano-British settlement in Devon. This season will focus on the Roman road and the associated late and post-Roman cemetery, revealed in 2011 and 2014, twice featured on the BBC Digging for Britain programme (series 2, 2011; Series 4, forthcoming). The significance of the site has been demonstrated through four seasons of geophysical survey, targeted excavation and an extraordinary wealth of material culture. In previous years students and members of the local community have also revealed an Iron Age Settlement phase along with evidence for earlier Neolithic activity. Run by The University of Exeter and supported by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum and Devon County Council. Cost £200 per week. Accommodation and food is not included, but reduced rates at a local campsite have been arranged. No experience needed as full training is given. Must be over 18 (or over 16 if accompanied by a parent/guardian).

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