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
  • Thornton Abbey Medieval Hospital and Cemetery 2015:

    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).

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: University of Sheffield
  • Email: h.willmott@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Phone: 0114 2222940
  • Website: www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/fieldwork/thornton
  • Meillionydd excavations:

    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.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Bangor University
  • Email: r.karl@bangor.ac.uk
  • Phone: 01248 382247
  • Website: meillionydd.bangor.ac.uk
  • Newbarns, Dumfries and Galloway 2015:

    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.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: The Stewartry Archaeological Trust
  • Email: lizzie@sjcresearch.co.uk
  • Phone: 01556 680478
  • Website: www.sat.org.uk/
  • Bamburgh Research Project 2015:

    June-08-2016 – August-01-2015

    Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The present castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. The excavations are set within the castle walls in the West Ward, and we are excavating through 4 metres of stratified deposits that are the result of occupation on the site from as early as the Neolithic (and likely Mesolithic). The castle in its heyday was the principal Anglo Saxon palace and fortress of the Kings of Northumbria. Our major excavations take place in two trenches that are currently at c. 8th - 9th AD century and 9th to 10th AD century levels respectively. We have uncovered the remains of large and small buildings, workshops, pathways and evidence of large-scale industrial practices including high status metalworking and the use of a mortar mixer to construct stone buildings. We are uncovering the early defences and entrance to the palace site, which we now believe may have been dominated by a large arched gatehouse. The BRP also runs a summer field school at a concurrent excavation, the Bradford Kaims wetlands, nearby. The Bradford Kaims project has been running since 2010 and is a project run as part of Bamburgh Research Project, with collaborations from the local community and University of Stirling's palaeo-environmentalist Dr. Richard Tipping. The wetland itself is known as Newham bog, an ancient wetland that formed following the retreat of glaciation 12,000 years ago. Our investigations so far have revealed a promontory reaching out into the bog that has evidence of human activity around the edge of the marshy lake. We have uncovered two massive burnt mounds. These Neolithic/Bronze age features are fascinating and there are several theories about what function they served, from prehistoric saunas, to smoking meat and fish, and even brewing. In addition to the mounds there are further cut features including pits, and slab hearths or troughs, but the most fascinating discovery is the presence of an extensive timber platform preserved by the peat. Participants get to excavate on both sites, experiencing the very different styles of excavation and investigation that each site demands. If you wish to spend your time at just one of our sites, this is possible. Cost: £250 per week including camping.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Bamburgh Research Project
  • Email: graemeyoung@bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
  • Phone: 07711187651
  • Website: www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
  • Plumpton, East Sussex:

    June-20-2015 – August-01-2015

    Ongoing research and training excavation at Plumpton Roman Villa. Various training opportunities ranging from one-day 'taster' courses, to other weekend dayschools (Surveying; Conservation; Drawing; Photography; and Environmental Sampling/Methods), and our well-established and very popular 5-day excavation training programmes. Volunteering opportunities are also available. Fees range from £40 to £190.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: The Sussex School of Archaeology
  • Email: info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk
  • Phone: 01323 811785
  • Website: www.sussexarchaeology.org
  • The Lough Key Archaeological Project:

    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.

    Contact Details

  • Email: finantj@slu.edu
  • Website: www.instituteofirisharchaeology.org/
  • 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
  • Roman Devon Field School 2015:

    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).

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: University of Exeter
  • Email: archaeology@exeter.ac.uk
  • Phone: 01392 724350
  • Website: humanities.exeter.ac.uk/archaeology/fieldwork/ipplepen/
  • Bexley Archaeological Group - Training Excavation 2015:

    July-27-2015 – July-31-2015

    The cost of the training dig is £100 which includes: Fieldwalking on the Thames Foreshore, Geophysics, Surveying, Site health and safety, Excavating, Finds processing, Site drawing, Archaeological illustration and Talks. The cost also includes one year subscription to our group (usually £14), insurance, and certificate. Minimum age is 16 (with parents consent). Sturdy boots are required. For further information or to book a place (limited to 12), please contact Pip Pulfer, Principal Field Officer.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Bexley Archaeological Group
  • Email: principalfieldofficer@bag.org.uk
  • Phone: 07961963893
  • Website: www.bag.org.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. No accommodation provided but there are camp sites etc. locally in this beautiful part of Devon.

    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/
  • Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent:

    July-04-2015 – July-10-2015

    An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The week is to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features located with aerial photography and Geophysical survey. Cost is £10 a day with membership.

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: Kent Archaeological Field School
  • Email: info@swatarchaeology.co.uk
  • 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/
  • Excavation at the Vale of Pewsey:

    July-04-2015 – July-18-2015

    The Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading will be excavating within parts of the Vale of Pewsey this summer. Finds from earlier excavations will be on display at the Wiltshire Museum. Family Open Days at the site are 4th and 18th July

    Contact Details

  • Organiser: University of Reading
  • Email: a.s.clarke@reading.ac.uk
  • Phone: 0118 378 6255
  • Website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/field-school/visit-us/afs-visit-us.aspx
  • 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