Fieldwork

The Poulton Project 2015:

March-29-2015 – August-21-2015

The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 3 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials. Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints (indicative of a seasonal hunting camp) and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered west of the Pennines. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry, and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of ceramics, metal, and building material. The Poulton Project currently offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age roundhouses, Roman industrial structures, field boundaries, and the Medieval Chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses.

Contact Details

  • Organiser: The Poulton Project
  • Email: kvecootes@hotmail.co.uk
  • Website: www.poultonresearchproject.co.uk
  • Archaeology Live! 2015:

    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

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: York Archaeological Trust
  • Email: trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk
  • Phone: 07908 210026
  • Website: www.archaeologylive.wordpress.com
  • Bridge Farm, Sussex:

    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.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: The Culver Archaeological Project
  • Email: excavations@culverproject.co.uk
  • Website: www.culverproject.co.uk
  • Archaeology Live! Nottingham Castle:

    July-27-2015 – August-14-2015

    This summer, the Archaeology Live! training excavation will be breaking its first ground outside of York. It will be the fifteenth year of the training dig and we've chosen a suitably grand site. At Archaeology Live! we always focus on sites with a long history; sites that have seen wildly varying phases of activity and left us with a complex palimpsest of interweaving layers. There are few better examples of this then Nottingham Castle - a site that has evolved from a Norman fortress to an icon of Victorian idealism. There have been few dull moments in the history of this castle.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: York Archaeological Trust
  • Email: trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk
  • Phone: 07908210026
  • Website: archaeologylive.wordpress.com
  • Piddington, Northamptonshire 2015:

    August-01-2015 – August-31-2015

    Excavation will continue for a 37th season at this late Iron Age settlement site and Romano-British Villa complex, by the Upper Nene Archaeological Society, directed by Roy & Liz Friendship-Taylor for the Upper Nene Archaeological Society. Some training available; varied fees; food and accommodation options. Award winning site museum. Details and application forms online.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Upper Nene Archaeological Society
  • Email: digadmin@unas.org.uk
  • Phone: 01494 77265
  • Website: www.unas.org.uk
  • Moistown Excavation 2015:

    August-22-2015 – September-06-2015

    Third season of excavation of a farmstead with possible high status medieval origins. Some buildings were still in use during the late 20th century but only earthworks now remain. All levels of experience welcome with a minimum age of 18. Basic training can be provided in all aspects of excavation. Costs £10 to cover insurance and become a member of ACE Archaeology Club. This dig is now closed to applications.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Ace Archaeology Club
  • Email: ace@acearch.org.uk
  • Phone: 01769 520326
  • Website: www.acearch.org.uk
  • Woking Palace 2015 Excavation:

    September-09-2015 – September-25-2015

    In September 2015 the Friends of Woking Palace and archaeologists from the Surrey County Archaeological Unit will be returning to Woking Palace for the final season of excavations as part of the Woking Palace and its Park Project, a 3-year Heritage Lottery Funded community-based project aiming to cast light on the development of Woking Palace and its surrounding 590 acre deer Park, from its earliest days right through to modern times, including its glorious Tudor heyday. Excavation days exclude Mondays and Tuesdays, and are FREE to attend. A special open day will be held on Sunday 27th September from 11am when guided tours of the excavations will run until 4pm. There are spaces available for both experienced and inexperienced volunteers working with our finds team or excavating. For more information and a booking form please contact Surrey County Council's Community Archaeology Team at education.scau@surreycc.gov.uk

    Contact Details

  • Email: info@woking-palace.org
  • Phone: 01483 768685
  • Website: www.woking-palace.org
  • The Colemore Project, North East Hampshire:

    October-01-2015 – October-18-2015

    Set amongst the rolling hills in the west of the South Downs National Park, views over the edge of The Weald stretch away in the distance. Little was known about the site until the landowner discovered some pottery dating to the Romano-British period when the field had a final ploughing before it was laid to pasture. In 2009, a chance comment during an organised walk led to 6 years of investigation by Liss Archaeology. During this time, approximately a third of the field has undergone geophysical survey revealing a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement. The April/May excavation Excavation will target a deep feature seen as a geophysical anomaly in the vicinity of the main building. Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part. From 18 to 80's, all abilities. Full training offered. Cost £5 per day (students half price), limited camping available (no extra cost). Accomodation nearby. Facilities include Tree Bog compost toilets plus a ‘bring your own shower’ facility. Tea and coffee provided at start of day and all breaks. Transport from Petersfield and Portsmouth available most days. Supermarket runs. Further excavation of a flint structure revealed by trial trenching last year, looking to be similar construction to the villa wall foundations, plus a huge quantity of unabraded, large pottery sherds.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: The Colemore Project
  • Email: sally.l.pritchard@ntlworld.com
  • Phone: 02392783465 / 07732327697
  • Website: www.facebook.com/groups/172890002899918
  • The Roman Bath-house and Estate at Abbey Fields, Faversham:

    July-25-2015 – August-14-2015

    A Roman building which is now beginning to reveal its secrets. This is an ideal training ground for budding archaeologists. Excavation on site is 25th July to August 14th. The training week runs from August 3rd to 9th 2015, and is held in the mornings at the Field School and in the afternoons on site. Hours are 10am to 4.30pm for the duration of the dig. Please ensure you have gloves, sun cream, lunch and water.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Kent Archaeological Field School
  • Email: info@swatarchaeology
  • Phone: 07885 700 112
  • Website: http://www.kafs.co.uk/
  • Excavation of a Roman villa and bath-house in Faversham:

    July-25-2015 – August-14-2015

    An opportunity to participate in an important excavation of a Roman waterside building at Abbey Barns in Faversham. Our task for this year is to investigate the east end of the building to clarify if all the building was entirely a bath-house or whether it was attached to a domestic building. This is an important investigation which will help to clarify the extent and importance of Roman Faversham and its harbour. KAFS member's special fee £10 per day , non-members £25 per day

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Kent Archaeological Field School
  • Email: info@swatarchaeology.co.uk
  • Phone: 07885 700 112
  • Website: http://www.kafs.co.uk/
  • Ermine Street Test Pits Community Project:

    June-01-2015 – August-31-2015

    Lincoln was a major Roman and medieval city and Ermine Street/Newport was the main route North from the city. The road was first laid out by the Romans at the end of the 1st century AD. In the medieval period it was the site of an important market place. Research has shown that there are gaps in our knowledge of the archaeology of this significant area of Lincoln. The Ermine Street Community Dig is a community focused project which aims to answer some of these questions and develop skills and knowledge amongst the local residents and communities who live and work along Newport and Riseholme Road today. This project aims to give the local and wider community the opportunity to be involved in digging test pits in the gardens and open spaces along the line of the road. Participants can also be involved in working with the archaeological finds from these investigations. The project aims to get the people living and working along the road talking to each other about their heritage and the local environment. We also aim to provide a springboard for future opportunities and longer-term community activities. We are offering volunteering opportunities to both students and the general public who might wish to come along and enjoy the opportunity to dig with us. There will be opportunities to engage in: Excavating, post excavation - finds washing, sorting and drawing, surveying - topographical, and excavation recording and photography.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Lincoln Archaeology
  • Email: charles.simpson@lincolnarchaeology.org.uk
  • Website: http://www.lincolnarchaeology.org.uk/
  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium:

    November-20-2015 – November-21-2015

    2nd annual Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium to be held at Newcastle University. This conference will showcase current postgraduate research on the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland and aims to create a friendly environment for PG's to present and discuss their research findings.˙ The conference will cover all aspects of this significant period in prehistory in thematic sessions, and both poster and paper abstracts are welcome. Poster entries are particularly welcome from masters researchers and first year PhD students wishing to showcase their research objectives. The deadline for submission is 1st October. Registration will cost £13 for students and £20 for non-students, this will include the wine reception, lunches and refreshments. Please email for registration details, to receive an abstract form or for more information.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Email: nebarss2015@gmail.com
  • Newsham Grange Farm excavation:

    August-31-2015 – September-13-2015

    The excavation at Newsham Grange Farm, Egglescliffe, will take place in the first fortnight in September. Please email Jenny Parker or Linda Davies (jenny.parker.digger@gmail.com / lindadavies@icloud.com). Preference will be given to those who are willing to attend the full excavation.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Teeside Archaeology Society
  • Email: jenny.parker.digger@gmail.com