The Discovering Dorchester excavations and fieldschool will continue this July for our sixth season in the Dorchester allotments, exploring the archaeology of the Roman small town of Dorchester-on-Thames. Dorchester is a key site in English, and indeed British, history: it is the only site in the country where there are towns dating from the late Iron Age (100 BC – AD 43), the Roman, and the Anglo-Saxon periods which have not been obscured by later development.
Two one-week fieldschools will give participants the chance to work on an active research project, whilst being given tuition in all key practical archaeological skills.These will include excavating and recording contexts, drawing sections and plans, using a Dumpy Level and Total Station to plot finds, and washing and processing ‘bulk’ and ‘small-finds’. These skills will be taught in group sessions and individually by experienced supervisors. There are also seminars given on other aspects of excavation by members of the Institute of Archaeology, including topics such as stratigraphy, archaeological photography, animal bone and pottery analysis, and the wider archaeology of the region, to put the site in context.