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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - The Durotriges Big Dig - 2014

Europe - England - The Durotriges Big Dig - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-16
End Date 2014-07-11

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Option 1: 16-20 June
Option 2: 23-27 June
Option 3: 30 June-4 July
Option 4: 7-11 July

Please note: Recommended minimum participation is two weeks.

Archaeology Field School Location

Dorset, Southern England

Archaeology Field School Tuition

The field school is offered to students and participants aged 16 years or over who wish to gain experience in archaeological field practice.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

We are not able to provide accommodation for the dig. However, we are able to provide a list of accommodation available in the area. Please mention this when you contact us and we can arrange to send it to you.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Daily transport from Bournemouth University to the site is available, if required.
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

250 a week
225 a week with early bird discount (if paid before 28 April)
100 per week for Dorset residents, 16 and 17 year olds, BU students and BU Alumni, those on restricted income and BU undergraduate offer holders.

Archaeology Field School Description

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.

Archaeological Background
The invasion of southern Britain by Rome is usually treated as if it was a single, dramatic event, with the Roman legions fighting a lengthy and bitter war of conquest. But, was it really like this? The Durotriges Project is reconsidering the Iron Age to Roman transition through a detailed programme of field survey, geophysical investigation and targeted excavation. In the summer of 2009 excavation commenced (continuing in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013), upon an enclosed late Iron Age 'banjo' settlement containing round houses, work surfaces, storage pits and the footings of a Roman masonry building.

Work on site will take place daily between 9am - 5pm, five days each week (excluding Saturday and Sunday).

We would recommend that you attend for a minimum of two weeks to expect to undertake some or all of the following activities:

-Site preparation, top-soil sampling, and trench excavation
-Stratigraphic excavation of deposits and features
-Context and feature recording (including written and photographic descriptions)
-Sampling for environmental materials and specimens for scientific testing
-Illustration: production of measured plans and sections
-Sieving and sorting of soil samples to extract environmental materials and artefacts
-Finds processing: cleaning, marking, logging, documenting and packaging different materials
-Topographic survey for the collection and mapping of spatial data (Total Station; GPS etc.)
-Geophysical survey for detecting and mapping below-ground features (resistivity and magnetometry)

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