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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - UK - Ribchester Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2016-04-22
Start Date 2016-06-15
End Date 2016-07-18



Archaeology Field School Location

Ribchester, Lancashire, UK

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research/ UCLA


Academic Credit

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University California Los Angeles.


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$4,360


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

All room and Board is included in the tuition cost of this field school. Please see the accommodations section of this field school posting on our website for more information.



Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description


The village of Ribchester – nestled in the heart of Lancashire's beautiful Ribble valley – has a long and important history. The village itself dates back to the Roman period when an auxiliary cavalry fort was established on the north bank of the river Ribble. The fort, built in approximately AD 72-3, was built in a similar style to most Roman forts. But Ribchester is particularly unique because of it’s unusually large Vicus (the town just outside) which allowed it to function as a Veteranorum for retired solders. This new project will revisit Ribchester through exploration of the archaeological archives requiring significant excavation. Its primary objective to explore the evolving use of the interior of the fort and its changing relationship with the Vicus. To that end in 2015 the team opened a large 30m by 10m trench just inside the fort’s north gate, opposite the granaries and where it is believed the barracks were located. The trench revealed the remains of a clay floored building, where the presence of a hearth, kiln fragments, slag, and glassworking refuse hint at a workshop. Adjacent to these findings, a dark soil deposit yielded a wealth of evidence for activity within the fort, including lead weights, metalworking slag, and the majority of the 22 Roman coins found on the site this year. The remains suggest the fort’s role had changed, but it was still in use at the end of the Roman period. All of these features will be excavated in 2016.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information



Field School Setting/Conditions

Archaeological field work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town. This program operates in a typical English summer. During the day, temperatures will be comfortable but may fluctuate between 65F and 80F, in the evenings 52F to 65F is common, so appropriate warm sleeping material will help. Longer daylight hours provides lovely long evenings, but the sun comes up early in the morning and so when in a tent some people like to sleep with an eye mask or similar. Rain and the wet can be persistent, and although we don’t work if it is too wet you must ensure you have a waterproof, and jumper and that your tent and property are dry or else you will be miserable. Sunburn can be a problem and although the project will provide sun protection at factor 50, you are responsible for making sure you are hydrated and protected.
If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. For all other concerns, please consult with the project director - as appropriate.






Directors and Instructors

Dr. Duncan Sayer (dsayer@uclan.ac.uk) is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire (UK).

Dr. James Morris (JMorris9@uclan.ac.uk) is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire (UK).


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

By the end of the project students will be able to:
1) Understand the different elements which contribute to an archaeological field project and how survey data, records and artifacts articulate between these elements.
2) Apply standard excavation methods to archaeological contexts.
3) Comfortably use single context recording techniques to document excavation results.
4) Describe the project objectives and interpretations in conversation with the lay community and in written formats. Discuss the relative value of Ribchester’s heritage.
5) Be able to offer their own preliminary interpretations of archaeological results and explore those within the boundary of their personal project.
6) Situate field work within its geographic, period and research framework.







Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://ifrglobal.org/programs/europe/uk-ribchester-2016

Field School Contact Information



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