This year, the University of Bristol will be running a number of archaeological summer schools at both beginner and intermediate levels. The introductory course will comprise of two-and-a-half days of classroom tuition, a half-day surveying session, and two days of practical excavation experience. The advanced field school will consist of five full days of excavation, and includes expert tuition on archaeological recording and drawing techniques. Fieldwork will take place at Berkeley Castle.
The Berkeley Castle Project, launched in 2005 by the University of Bristol, is a long-term archaeological research endeavour that is examining the history and archaeology of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Past excavations in the 2011 and 2012 seasons have yielded evidence suggesting that the settlement associated with the castle may have begun during the Roman period. The site has produced a rich assemblage of material culture and human skeletal remains.
Participants must be at least 16 years old, and those wishing to do the advanced field school are expected to have some basic excavation experience, or completed the Introduction to Archaeology week.