Mar 16, 2014 News Comments Off on Copped Hall Trust – Fieldschools
Six years of excavation at this site have revealed the extensive foundations of a Tudor courtyard house where Mary Tudor lived before she came to the throne in 1553. For the next 200 years the house belonged to a succession of leading figures in public life, but in 1750 it was demolished and the site was never subsequantly built on. Medieval, Saxon, Roman and Iron Age pottery has also been recovered, and through excavation the aim is to establish the phases of building and understand the site’s full history.
The aim is to involve students as fully as possible in further excavating, examining, recording and interpreting the remains of the brick-built mansion, and associated features and structures, including the gardens, which are being revealed on the site.
Two 5-day field schools will be held this year on Saturday 9th to Wednesday 13th August and Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August, designed for people who already know the basics of digging and recording and want to extend their experience to a new site. For absolute beginners there are a number of taster weekends, where participants will receive a mix of formal instruction about stratigraphy, investigation techniques and finds, along with practical experience in excavation.