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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - The Barcombe Roman Villa Project - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-06-25
End Date 2012-08-05

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Archaeological Excavation - two 4-week courses
25.06.12-20.07.12 (see
Excavation Training - six 5-day courses:
Archaeological Surveying
Total Station Surveying for Archaeology
Geoarchaeology in Action
Geoarchaeology in Detail
An Introduction to On-site Conservation
Planning and Section Drawing
Site Photography for Archaeologists
Volunteer Opportunities

Archaeology Field School Location

Church Field, Barcombe, near Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Sussex

Academic Credit

Those successfully completing the ISS Archaeological Excavation course will be awarded 15 credits at undergraduate level 1.
Credits can not be obtained for any of the other courses.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Most of our field courses involve both theory and practice. Typically on our popular 5-day Excavation Training courses, the day will comprise four 90 minute sessions covering two aspects of archaeology each day. The tutors are all staff (lecturers or Associate Tutors) of the University of Sussex. Some indoor teaching takes place in porta-cabins on site.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Self-catering accomodation on the University of Sussex campus is available for those taking either of the Archaeological Excavation courses which forms part of the University's International Summer School programme ( Cost: 135 per week.
Otherwise we have on the Barcombe website a listing of local B&B and camping accommodation in the vicinity of the excavations.

Archaeology Field School Travel
140 from campus for ISS students; otherwise not included or n/a.
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

With so many types of courses on offer there are a wide range of tuition costs, ranging from 35 for a single day school (eg Conservation) to 230 or 250 for a 5-day course. The International Summer School 4-week course costs 1,325.

Archaeology Field School Description

Archaeological Excavation:
This course will introduce you to the practical fieldwork aspects of archaeological excavations, their planning and methodologies. The first week will be an intensive training week in which you will be introduced to a wide range of topics including: geophysical and other survey methods; basic surveying for archaeologists; health and safety; background to the excavation project; excavation methods; context recording systems; planning and section drawing; on-site photography; finds processing and environmental sampling. During the remaining three weeks you will work on various aspects of the project, especially excavation work (two weeks) and finds processing and environmental sampling (one week). This supervised work will enable you to further develop the skills introduced to you during the introductory training course.
Credits: 15 at undergraduate level 1.
Various tutors including David Rudling, Chris Butler and Luke Barber.

Excavation Training:
Includes excavation techniques, context records, recording plans and sections, photography, environmental sampling, finds processing, on-site surveying techniques and geophysi

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cal prospecting methods. Fees: 230 full (163 concessions).
Various tutors including David Rudling, Chris Butler and Luke Barber.

An Introduction to Archaeological Surveying:
We will use a variety of methods, from simple tapes to Dumpy Level, GPS and the Total Station. Learn how to take levels, locate your trenches on maps and produce plans. Fees: 230 (163 concs).
Tutors: Pete Skilton and Andy Maxted.

Total Station Surveying for Archaeology:
A specialist 1-week course for those wanting to learn how to use a Total Station. Fee: 250.
Tutors: Pete Skilton and Andy Maxted.

Geoarchaeology in Action:
We will be primarily looking at the size and nature of the stream that runs between the Roman villa and the bath house. We will also be investigating landscapes hidden by alluvium and Roman agriculture. Fees: 85 (60 concs).
Tutor: Michael Allen.

Geoarchaeology in Detail:
The sample excavation of an area which has yielded a waterlogged timber of Bronze Age date. The teaching especially of both environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology. Fees: 230 (163 concs). Tutor: Michael Allen.

Planning and Section Drawing:
Learn how to record archaeological sites by planning, using planning frames, offsetting and triangulation methods. Section drawing will include recording ditches, pits, postholes and bulding elevations. Fees: 85 (60 concs).
Tutor: Jane Russell.

Site Photography for Archaeologists:
This course will look at the basics of using cameras on site; recording standing buildings, tombstones and preserving the excavation record. There will be lots of hands-on work. Fee: 85 (60 concs). Tutor: Jane Russell.

An introduction to On-site Conservation:
We will be looking at principles and practices associated with the excavation, packaging and on-site care of artefacts. Some practical work will be included, covering packaging techniques and the lifting of fragile artefacts. Fee: 35.
Tutor: Adrian Tribe.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Various: Roman; Prehistoric (Bronze Age); Excavation; Surveying; Geoarchaeology; Photography; Planning and Section Drawing; Conservation.

Time Period

Roman bath house
Norman and later church

Field School Setting/Conditions

Rural setting - the site is in Church Field which is adjacent to St Mary's Church, Barcombe. The main village is at Barcombe Cross where there is a pub and a village shop. Barcombe is a parish some 3 miles north of Lewes, East Sussex.

Site facilities: porta-cabins, porta-loos, water supply.

For several years now a local cafe has come to the site each week day (sometimes twice) with drinks and snacks for sale. Always much appreciated! Otherwise the nearest shop is at Barcombe Cross.

How is the project area accessed each day

Access by train, bus or taxi to Cooksbridge Railway Station (Monday-Friday only). We arrange lifts each day (Monday-Friday) from/to the station. By foot: about 2 miles.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

The 5-day courses are Monday-Friday, 10am-5.30pm.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
10 at Barcombe
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Project Directors:
David Rudling,
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Sussex
Chris Butler,
Chairman of the Mid Sussex Field Archaeological Unit; Director of Chris Butler Associates; Associate Tutor, US
David Millum, Associate Tutor, US
Luke Barber, Research Officer, Sussex Archaeological Society: AT, US
Jane Russell, AT, US
Michael Allen, Freelance Environmentalist; AT, US

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation Techniques
Recording by Writing
Section and Elevation Drawing
Environmental Archaeology
Finds Processing

On rain days will there be lab work?

Finds Processing in porta-cabins

Will there be additional organized activities?

Nothing formal - but often groups go afterwork to the Royal Oak at Barcombe Cross!

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?

The railway service to Cooksbridge Station is minimal and non-existant at weekends. Use of local buses, or taxi service from Lewes.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

David Rudling
Project Director
Centre for Community Engagement
Mantell Building
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
Sussex, BN6 8TF

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