Fieldwork

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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Excavation of the Roman villa at Teston 2014: Fieldwork

April-18-2014 – April-27-2014

Our second season of investigation of this potentially stupendous Roman building on the banks of the River Medway just west of East Farleigh in Kent. A recent geophysical survey has indicated a large and important Roman villa complex overlooking the river which has not been previously investigated. Work done in 1872 exposed a large bath house which may be part of the main villa or could have been another associated building. The villa complex seems to cover a wide area and there are reports of a mosaic pavement being uncovered in recent years. Our investigations will include an additional geophysical survey to see how many other Roman buildings remain to be discovered! KAFS member's special fee £20 per day (Over five years member £10), non-members £25 per day.

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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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Ulster Scots Archaeological Survey Project Monea Castle: Fieldwork

May-06-2014 – June-08-2014

As a part of the third and final phase of the Ulster Scots Archaeological Survey Project (sponsored by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure) an excavation will be taking place at Monea Castle for 4 to 5 weeks from May 6th 2014. Monea Castle was built in 1616 by the Reverend Malcolm Hamilton (the Rector of Devenish). The well-preserved ruins of the castle stand within a defensive wall, or bawn, and there may be houses of the Scottish tenants nearby. A short distance away there is a crannog, the ancient site of the Maguires. The search is on for evidence of the Scottish tenants brought over in the early 17 th century and the market town of Castleton nearby. The castle was burned in 1750 and has remained a ruin ever since. A geophysical survey is being carried out in February and we will pursue signs of settlement in the area between the castle and the crannog. Currently we are seeking excavation volunteers to assist in the project and we would greatly appreciate it if you could bring this opportunity to the notice of your members. Further details and information are in the attached document. No previous experience is required and all tools are provided. Over 18 (unless your parents are also volunteering). Ages 16-18 please provide a letter from your parents granting permission to attend. You can volunteer for 1 day or for longer. Http://www.northlight-heritage.co.uk

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Ulster-Scots Archaeological Survey Project: Fieldwork

May-06-2014 – June-08-2014

As a part of the third and final phase of the Ulster-Scots Archaeological Survey Project (sponsored by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure) an excavation will be taking place at Monea Castle for 4 to 5 weeks from May 6th 2014. Monea Castle was built in 1616 by the Reverend Malcolm Hamilton (the Rector of Devenish). The well-preserved ruins of the castle stand within a defensive wall, or bawn, and there may be houses of the Scottish tenants nearby. A short distance away there is a crannog, the ancient site of the Maguires. The search is on for evidence of the Scottish tenants brought over in the early 17 th century and the market town of Castleton nearby. The castle was burned in 1750 and has remained a ruin ever since. A geophysical survey is being carried out in February and we will pursue signs of settlement in the area between the castle and the crannog. Currently we are seeking excavation volunteers to assist in the project and we would greatly appreciate it if you could bring this opportunity to the notice of your members. Further details and information are in the attached document. No previous experience is required and all tools are provided.

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Peterborough Community Archaeology Project 2014: Fieldwork

May-09-2014 – June-08-2014

Over the past eighteen months Oxford Archaeology East volunteers, students and allotment holders, supported by professional staff, have been digging a series of test pits on the allotments. The aim was to see the extent of the Iron Age ditch that pre-dated the Itter Crescent Roman villa and to establish the level of preservation of archaeological remains prior to applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund. Having established that the Roman surface is well preserved and noting that the western wing of the Roman villa could extend under the current allotment site, an area has been set aside for a community excavation. If you would like to be involved please on the links below to download the volunteer application form. Priority will be given to residents of Peterborough and out of area volunteer applications will not be processed until after 1 March 2014. If you are part of a group (school, organisation, or a firm) you will be able to book site tours during the day or in the evening.

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Excavation of the Roman Emporium at Oplontis: Fieldwork

June-02-2014 – June-13-2014

Members of KAFs will be working with the University of Texas on a research excavation at the world famous palace of Nero's wife Poppaea and the adjacent shopping emporium'Villa B'. The palace was overwelmed by Vesuvius in AD79 and buried. This is an unique opportunity to join that select band of archaeologists to have excavated at the World Heritage site of Pompeii and environs. Cost is £175 a week. Accomodation and meals not included. For further details on where to book accomodation and flights contact KAFS.

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Meillionydd Iron Age double ringwork enclosure excavations: Fieldwork

June-02-2014 – July-25-2014

In summer 2014, Bangor University's School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology will return to the Iron Age 'double ringwork' hilltop enclosure at Meillionydd, near Rhiw, on the Llyn peninsula in northwest Wales for a fifth excavation season. Despite producing one of the most well-preserved, abundant, and comprehensively surveyed settlement records in Wales, the archaeology of the area remains under-researched and poorly understood: few recent excavations have been carried out, chronologies are not well defined, and environmental assemblages are rare. The emergence and development of monumental features including hillforts, ringworks and hilltop enclosures, remain particularly enigmatic. This year, the project will focus on further examining the cobbled road leading from the entrance through the outer bank to the inner entrance, which was first discovered in 2012 and partially excavated in 2013. The excavation, taking place in June and July, 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. Minimum age for participation in the Field School is 16. There are no age restrictions for volunteers, although all under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is free for British volunteers who do not need accommodation, food and transport. Prices for Field School students, volunteers from abroad and for British volunteers requiring accommodation, food and transport are available on request.

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Bamburgh Research Project 2014: Fieldwork

June-02-2014 – July-27-2014

The Bamburgh Research Project annual excavation will be running for eight weeks during 2014, between June 2nd and July 27th. We will be digging at Bamburgh Castle and at the Bradford Kaims prehistoric wetland site. At Bamburgh Castle buildings, of middle to late Anglo-Saxon date, associated with the ancient entrance are under excavation in one trench with with layers of 8th to 9th century date under excavation in a second. We will be fully exposing and recording a complete Anglo-Saxon building this season. Our second site is run in parallel at Bradford Kaims where we have identified a number of burnt mounds, around a wetland. Excavation of the peat deposits has revealed a preserved timber platform dated to 4000 BC. Tuition fee £250. Over 16s only.

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CBA Wessex Event: Salisbury Plain Field Weekend: Fieldwork

June-13-2014 – June-15-2014

Field weekend on Salisbury Plain with the Council for British Archaeology Wessex Group.

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Bournemouth University - Durotriges Big Dig 2014: Fieldwork

June-16-2014 – July-11-2014

The Durotriges Project is an archaeological investigation studying the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England. The fieldwork, takes place within Dorset, a county of outstanding natural beauty and one of the best preserved archaeological landscapes in Britain. The project is run as a Bournemouth University summer field school.

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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 www.facebook.com/SaveockWaterArchaeology

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Excavate London: Headstone Manor: Fieldwork

June-30-2014 – July-18-2014

Get digging on this 5-day, hands on course at Headstone Manor, formerly a medieval moated manor owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and now home to Harrow Museum. Explore the buildings that have disappeared over the years and perhaps even the elusive gatehouse! Suitable for all levels, this is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of archaeology. Unlock the mysteries hidden beneath your feet and learn digging and identifying techniques. Taught by professional MOLA archaeologists and Museum of London curators. Open day on Sunday 20 July.

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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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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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Sheriffside, East Lothian: Fieldwork

July-07-2014 – July-18-2014

Destroyed in antiquity and appearing on no maps, Sheriffside was only rediscovered in 1981. Aerial photography picked up the parch marks of a large double ditched enclosure lying under pastureland and measuring over 150m in diameter. Initial trial excavations in 2010 and 2012 showed that the site was a complex hillfort, containing a series of ditches, banks and palisades spanning nearly 1000 years between 600BC and 400AD. Its position on the end of a ridge near the East Lothian village of Gifford offers a 360 degree panorama taking in landmarks such as the Lammermuir hills to the south, Pentland hils to the west and the Kingdom of Fife to the north. Open to students and volunteers (minimum age accepted: 17 years old) - places are limited so early booking is recommended. Cost £695 UK pounds and includes accommodation, food and transport to and from site. No experience is as training will be provide by qualified archaeologists.

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Excavation of Bronze Age barrows at Hollingbourne in Kent 2014: Fieldwork

July-12-2014 – July-20-2014

An opportunity to participate in the evaluation of three Bronze Age barrows on the North Downs east of Hollingbourne. The Field School excavated one of these barrows in 2012 and the second one in 2013 with a crouched burial. Further work is needed on the site to fully understand and excavate the last barrow in this sequence. KAFS member's special fee £20 per day (Over five years member £10), non-members £25 per day. Free camping is available on site.

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Discovering Dorchester Excavation Fieldschool 2014: Fieldwork

July-13-2014 – July-25-2014

The Dorchester-on-Thames Fieldschool will be running again this summer, open to the public for two weeks. This year the excavation will be digging deep into the Roman phases of the allotments site, under the directorship of Paul Booth, as we pursue the story of earlier phases of Roman life within the town walls. We will be attempting to put the late 1st/2nd century features and material from last season into context by looking at the eastern side of the trench in more detail. We will be excavating a section of the Roman road which runs through the centre of the Roman town, exploring any features or structures that might indicate road-side activities, and we will be plumbing the depths of a probable Roman well, with the possibility of waterlogged organic deposits at the bottom! The Fieldschool will comprise lots of hands-on work, as you learn 'on the job'. Our experienced supervisors will give instruction in excavation techniques, geomatics, recording techniques, and finds processing, and alongside this will be talks from University of Oxford tutors. These will cover a range of subjects, including general backgrounds to British archaeology and history, the analysis of archaeological artefacts, and talks on the local area and the important Oxford pottery industry. Tuition fee £250 per week (excluding accommodation and food). Over 16s only.

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Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire: Fieldwork

July-13-2014 – July-25-2014

The Dorchester-on-Thames Fieldschool will be running again this summer, open to the public for two weeks. This year the excavation will be digging deep into the Roman phases of the allotments site, under the directorship of Paul Booth, as we pursue the story of earlier phases of Roman life within the town walls. We will be attempting to put the late 1st/2nd century features and material from last season into context by looking at the eastern side of the trench in more detail. We will be excavating a section of the Roman road which runs through the centre of the Roman town, exploring any features or structures that might indicate road-side activities, and we will be plumbing the depths of a probable Roman well, with the possibility of waterlogged organic deposits at the bottom! The Fieldschool will comprise lots of hands-on work, as you learn 'on the job'. Our experienced supervisors will give instruction in excavation techniques, geomatics, recording techniques, and finds processing, and alongside this will be talks from University of Oxford tutors. These will cover a range of subjects, including general backgrounds to British archaeology and history, the analysis of archaeological artefacts, and talks on the local area and the important Oxford pottery industry. Tuition fee 250 per week (excluding accommodation and food). Over 16s only.

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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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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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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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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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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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