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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - East Dorset - Durotriges Project (The Big Dig 2011)

Europe - England - East Dorset - Durotriges Project (The Big Dig 2011)

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-06-06
End Date 2011-07-02

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Option 1 – weeks starting 6 and 13 June 2011
Option 2 – weeks starting 20 and 27 June 2011

Archaeology Field School Location

East Dorset, Nr. Dorchester. Exact location on request.

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.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

£250.00 per week. Some discounts apply - please see website for full details.

Archaeology Field School Description

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), upon an enclosed late Iron Age 'banjo' settlement containing round houses, work surfaces, storage pits and the footings of a Roman masonry building. Why not join us and be a part of this exciting project in 2011 ...

Running for the third year, the project yielded some very interesting results in 2010. Archaeological evidence showed natives living in the area during this period were thriving on Spanish wine, olive oil and other Mediterranean goods introduced to Dorset by the Romans. Dr Miles Russell (one of the Dig Directors) explains why this is so revealing: “Traditionally this is viewed as a time of conflict; the Roman army forcing its way across Dorset, the native Britons conducting a brave but ultimately futile resistance, large numbers dying in the process. Whoever lived here saw Rome as a good thing and was already part of a long distance trade network before Rome invaded Britain. This, of course, flies in the face of the traditional and rather entrenched view of native relations.”

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Field School Setting/Conditions

Dig is situated, in the midst of the Dorset countryside. On land previously used for farming.

How is the project area accessed each day

Site is on private land - you will given full details regarding access when you have applied.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Dr Miles Russell and Paul Cheetham (Project Directors)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Work on site will take place daily between 9am - 5pm, six days each week (excludes Saturday). During this time you can 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)

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be a field trip to a major site of archaeological interest.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Royal London House,
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08456 501 501 or +44(0)1202 961916

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