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Europe - England - The Durotriges Big Dig 2012 (Archaeology field school) in Dorset - 2012

Europe - England - The Durotriges Big Dig 2012 (Archaeology field school) in Dorset - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-06-10
End Date 2012-06-29

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

We recommend that you attend for a minimum of 2 weeks and can expect to undertake some or all of the activities listed.

Option 1: 10-15 June 2012
Option 2: 17-22 June 2012
Option 3: 24-29 June 2012

Archaeology Field School Location

Bere Regis, Dorset

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Bournemouth University

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Bournemouth University’s field school unites the professional with the amateur and research with training and education. These elements are brought together by a team of archaeologists who have a wealth of experience, supported by the extensive resources of the School of Applied Sciences.

You are welcome to attend the field school to satisfy individual course placement requirements of your respective degree programmes. We will provide you with a Certificate of Attendance that outlines the activities that have been completed.

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
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The standard field school cost is £250 per week. This includes transport.

Archaeology Field School Description

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.

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), upon an enclosed late Iron Age 'banjo' settlement containing round houses, work surfaces, storage pits and the footings of a Roman masonry building.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

Late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Work on site takes place daily between 9am - 5pm, six days each week (excludes Saturday)

Directors and Instructors

Dr Miles Russell and Paul Cheetham

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

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)

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Bournemouth University
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