Archaeology in Marlow 2014: Fieldwork

March-01-2014 – December-31-2014

During 2014 Archaeology In Marlow (AIM) is conducting further investigations at a site in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. This site comprises of a double enclosure earthwork believed to be Medieval in date, but Neolithic artefacts and Iron Age pottery found there suggest the origins of the site are much earlier. AIM will continue to conduct research into the site and surrounding area to learn more about the site. In addition, AIM will be continuing to excavate a 7 x 1 metre trench across the bank and ditch of the outer enclosure and will then commence excavating two new test pits (1 x 1 metre) in the inner enclosure. AIM intends to visit the site on Sunday mornings (10 o'clock) during 2014. These visits last around 3 hours. The schedule of visit dates is available upon request. Participation at these gatherings is free to all AIM members. Non-members are very welcome, experienced, or not, as training will be given in a wide variety of archaeology practices, but they must first join AIM via the AIM website. Excavators must be over 16 and under 77 years of age to be covered by AIM's insurances. As the investigations are on private land and space is limited, potential volunteers will need to 'book in', by emailing John Laker.

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Archaeology Live! 2014 All Saints Church, North Street, York: Fieldwork

March-31-2014 – October-24-2014

Archaeology Live! is moving away from the Hungate excavations after seven successful years & this means we need as site that will have the amazing archaeology that York is known for. Working in partnership with the team at All Saints Church, North Street is going to prove to be just that. The church is on the southwest side of the River Ouse, within the Roman Colonia, Viking City and Medieval Walled City. We will be digging immediately adjacent to the northeast side of the church and we are going to be able to use the church as a base for our work. The training excavation provides a way to learn about and participate in excavation, recording, planning, finds processing, environmental sampling, and processing. Any other specific requests for training may also be available on application. Professional field archaeologists provide all the training throughout the course. During Archaeology Live!, the archaeology will be excavated and recorded by the trainees; the trainers teach and assist when required. It is a field-based training program where people learn by doing the excavation, and by discovering and recording the archaeology themselves, rather than by classroom-based tuition. Cost from £225 per week or £65 for taster days. Weekend Courses - May 24th-25th, August 23rd-24th & October 18th-19th

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Roman Road at Chilcomb Excavations: Fieldwork

April-05-2014 – August-31-2014

Experienced and novice excavators from outside the Society are welcome. Minimum unaccompanied age is 16, but younger children with an adult are welcome. There will be training available, and a training manual can be purchased. All excavators will have the opportunity to experience the main tasks associated with an excavation under the supervision and guidance of a member of the Society. All persons attending the excavation will be required to join the Society for insurance cover, cost £10. Novice excavators will be required to join the Society, and purchase the training manual cost £6. Persons participating in the training exercise will be charged an additional £70 and must purchase and read the training manual at £6. To complete the exercises you are likely to need to book for at least 5 days in total between April & September - though you can carry this on to next year. Those helping with a site set-up will have a discount on the training fee.

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Roman Road Excavations 2014: Fieldwork

April-21-2014 – August-25-2014

Roman Road Excavations 2014 will take place over Bank Holiday Weekends from Easter to August. In 2014 they will be on the new Winchester - Chichester Road following the eight maps we have published from Winchester - Exton. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2015 will be on the easterly dig site on the above map of Roman Estate Roads. We will complete the excavation of the southern parallel feature described above. Excavations in the field have shown great disturbance to a considerable depth. Dykes were often constructed in the Dark Ages to cut or control Roman Roads, and possibly this occurred here, but filled in when this field was formed out of Chawton Park Wood. These will be continued in September 2015 after the harvest, including the dark circles. A training course of five modules will be available during these weekends. They cover: Site Layout and Recording, Excavation, Surveying, Finds Processing, Geophysics and new Roman Road methods. They consist of instruction and exercises. Experienced and novice excavators welcome.

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Newbarns, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland: Fieldwork

June-30-2014 – September-28-2014

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 and caravan sites available. Under 16s welcome with an adult, training by arrangement. Apply with CV. Costs on application.

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Saveock Water Archaeology: Fieldwork

June-30-2014 – August-15-2014

This is the 14th Season at Saveock's training excavation. It is a multi period site dating from the Mesolithic to 17th Century Pagan pits. The site has featured in The Times newspaper and world media and has had a National Geographic Television documentary dedicated to the site. All are welcome as full excavation training is given. The fee is £200 per person plus £25 per week if you require lunch. This year we are offering a discount to students booking and paying in blocks of 4. The fee is then £700 per week for 4 students and they can book as many weeks as they like on this discount. A list of student recommended accommodation is available on the education page on the website. Or look at last seasons dig and our experimental archaeology projects on Saveock Water Archaeology face book page

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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project: Fieldwork

July-05-2014 – August-15-2014

Excavation opportunies on a range of sites in the parish for those with a minimum of three weeks experience. n 2014, we are looking to expand our excavation activity to include: evaluating a Roman farmstead, excavating a Middle to Late Anglo-Saxon Settlement and associated industrial area, evaluating a Medieval manor and village landscape, researching a First World War militarised landscape, there are also opportunities for non-excavation volunteers with one-week courses including: Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques, The Archaeology of WWI, Human Remains: An Introduction, Landscape Archaeology and Archaeometallurgy. In addition, a variety of day courses - including Anglo-Saxon Cooking and Dig for a Day. Reduced rates for students/unwaged.

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Plumpton Roman Villa, Sussex: Fieldwork

July-05-2014 – August-23-2014

Training and assessment excavations at Plumpton Roman villa. 5-day comprehensive course: £150. Ideal for beginners or those with some experience. Also various Saturday day schools (£40 each) to cover: Archaeological Surveying: The Basics; Excavation Techniques for Beginners; Planning and Section Drawing; First Aid for Finds; and Photography for Archaeologists. We also offers a wide range of other archaeology short courses and events throughout the year. Under 16s must be accompanied.

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Thornton Abbey Field School 2014: Fieldwork

July-06-2014 – August-01-2014

Since 2011 The University of Sheffield has been undertaking a five year research programme on the abbey precinct. This not only aims to complete a comprehensive topographical and geophysical survey of the monastic precinct, it also includes 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 2014 season we will be concentrating our excavation in the area identified last year as the possible location of the medieval hospital of St James. Trenches will target a building tentatively identified as the hospital chapel and hall, as well as the surrounding area. Students attending the field school play a central role in continuing the geophysical and topographical survey, as well as taking part in the excavation of the trenches. Whilst all work is supervised by experienced staff from the University of Sheffield, volunteers get to take part in all the key activities. The fee of £195 per week includes camping, all food and supervision.

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Roman Devon excavation 2014: Fieldwork

July-07-2014 – August-01-2014

This year at Ipplepen in South Devon we will investigate in detail structures in the busiest area of the largest known Romano-British settlement in Devon. This will focus on the sector around the Roman road, including the associated burials revealed in 2011 and featured on the BBC Digging for Britain (series 2, 2011) programme. A significant number of Roman coin finds and subsequent geophysical survey and excavations have highlighted the importance of this extensive site, and its potential to explore the relationship between Roman Britain and its native population. Last year students and members of the local community excavated an Iron Age roundhouse and Romano-British features, and uncovered evidence of Neolithic activity. Run by Exeter University and supported by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum and Devon County Council. Cost £200 per week (excluding accommodation and food). No experience needed as full training is given. Must be over 18.

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Bexley Archaeological Group - Annual Training Excavation 2014: Fieldwork

July-28-2014 – August-01-2014

Excavators from outside the Group are very welcome to join us for our training dig. Minimum unaccompanied age is 16 (with parents' consent). All excavators will have the opportunity to experience the basic main tasks associated with an excavation under the supervision and guidance from members of Bexley Archaeological Group's Field Unit. The excavation is very hands on, the week will also include talks on pottery, clay pipes, finds processing. asks carried out during this training excavation will include: Excavation, Finds Processing, Surveying, Site Drawing, Finds Drawing and Field walking. The fee for the week is £100.00 this also includes annual membership (exp Dec 2014) to Bexley Archaeological Group, insurance, Certificate of Attendance and administration costs.

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Piddington, Northamptonshire: late Iron Age settlement and Romano-British Villa site: Fieldwork

August-02-2014 – August-31-2014

36th season of excavation at the late Iron Age settlement and Romano-British Villa complex at Piddington, Northamptonshire, by the Upper Nene Archaeological Society. Food and accommodation options available (including campsite at site, with basic facilities); variable fees. Preference given to applicants coming for 2 weeks or longer. UNAS also owns and runs the nearby Piddington Roman Villa Museum, an Accredited and award-winning Museum, which houses the site archive and displays and interprets the material from the site. Piddington Site and Museum Open Day, Saturday, 23 August, 11.00am - 4.30pm Guided tours of the site; refreshments available.

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Excavation of a Roman villa and bath-house in Faversham: Fieldwork

August-02-2014 – August-17-2014

An opportunity to participate in an important excavation of a Roman waterside building at Abbey Barns in Faversham. Originally built as an aisled building for the adjacent Roman villa it was then rebuilt as a huge bath-house. 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. We will also investigate the waterway with augers to see if there any remains of Roman shipping and also investigate additional Roman buildings in the vicinity of the bath- house. 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 £20 per day (Over five years member £10), non-members £25 per day.

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Balbithan Prehistoric Landscape Project 2014: Fieldwork

August-11-2014 – August-22-2014

Five year programme of archaeological research aimed at dating these huts and recovering as much information as possible. Previous season's results have indicated lithic technologies ranging from Mesolithic to Bronze Age. In addition, c14 dating has already confirmed that three of the circular huts date to c 1500 BC. The training is relaxed and easy going and you can learn as much or as little as you want to. You will have the opportunity to excavate archaeological remains that have never been examined before. Cost £695 including accommodation in student halls, food and transport to and from site. (N.B. Deposit is non-refundable). Open to students and volunteers (minimum age accepted: 17 years old). Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

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Training Week for Students at Faversham in Kent 2014: Fieldwork

August-11-2014 – August-17-2014

It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation at Abbey Barns Roman Villa in Faversham under the guidance of trained archaeologists. Cost for the course is £100 if membership is taken out at the time of booking. Non-members £175.

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Hanwell Castle Excavations 2014: Fieldwork

August-11-2014 – August-22-2014

As part of a programme of doctoral research entitled 'Voyages to the House of Diversion - Jacobean Water Gardens and the Birth of Modern Science' archaeological investigations will be continuing in the extensive park attached to Hanwell Castle in Oxfordshire. Volunteers are invited to join us for a variety of activities including survey work, analysis and cataloguing of architectural stonework and excavation on a variety of sites within the 22 acres of garden concentrating on an ambitious 20 metre section through the Great East Terrace. The project, which runs throughout the year, welcomes both experienced and novice volunteers and full training is given to beginners. Although on-site facilities are limited we do not make a charge for our activities. Participants should be 16 or over. There is a possibility of some on-site camping, please contact the organiser for further details.

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Romans in Ravenglass Project: Fieldwork

September-03-2014 – September-28-2014

This is a community led project organised by the Muncaster Parish Council, Muncaster Estate and the Lake District National Park. The aim is to understand more about the Roman Heritage at Ravenglass. The project will concentrate on investigating the vicus settlement, fort and bath house. We already know that Ravenglass had its own Roman fort, civilian settlement and bath house. During excavations in season one, which took place in September 2013, we found Roman artefacts and evidence for Roman roads and buildings. This year we hope to find out more. The Romans in Ravenglass project will continue to help us understand more about the extent, layout and function of the town. Blog Twitter

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Woking Palace Excavations 2014: Fieldwork

September-10-2014 – September-26-2014

In September 2014 the Friends of Woking Palace and archaeologists from the Surrey County Archaeological Unit will be returning to Woking Palace for a sixth season of excavations as part of the Woking Palace and its Park Project, a 3-year Heritage Lottery Funded community-based project, which aims 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. There are spaces available for experienced digging volunteers, particularly for those who can participate for five days, or more. A special open day will be held on Sunday 28th September from 11am when guided tours of the excavations will run until 4pm. There are exciting year-round activities planned as part of the Woking Palace and its Park project, which will run until March 2016. The Friends of Woking Palace are actively looking for new volunteers and participants to be involved. For more information on the project and the Friends of Woking Palace, please see the website.

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