Dorchester-on-Thames is one of the very few sites in the country where urbanised activity running through the late Iron Age, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon period has not been obscured by later development. It is a key site for British archaeology.
In collaboration with Oxford Archaeology, and members of the community, the School of Archaeology has been investigating several sites in and around Dorchester since 2007, as part of the long-term ‘Discovering Dorchester’ research project.
The July 2013 season of excavation will largely focus on excavating the main north-south Roman road through the walled town. The project will also examine Roman wall footings that may indicate a high-status townhouse.
Volunteers will receive complete field school training in excavation and recording techniques. Participants must be at least 16 years old (14 with accompanying adult) and students will be required to bring their own waterproofs; digging clothes, work boots and packed lunch.
Individuals are welcome to visit the site if they arrive between 13.00-14.30 during the working week. Groups of more than 5 are asked to make arrangements ahead of their visit.