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 University of Oxford 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 Dorchester-on-Thames Fieldschool will be running again this summer, open to the public for two weeks. This year the excavation, under the directorship of Paul Booth, will be digging deep into the Roman phases of the allotments site, as we pursue the story of earlier phases of Roman life within the town walls. We will be attempting to put the late 1st/2nd century features and material from last season into context by looking at the eastern side of the trench in more detail. We will be excavating a section of the Roman road which runs through the centre of the Roman town, exploring any features or structures that might indicate road-side activities, and we will be plumbing the depths of a probable Roman well, with the possibility of waterlogged organic deposits at the bottom!
The Fieldschool will comprise lots of hands-on work, as you learn ‘on the job.’ Our experienced supervisors will give instruction in excavation techniques, geomatics, recording techniques, and finds processing, and alongside this will be talks from University of Oxford tutors. These will cover a range of subjects, including general backgrounds to British archaeology and history, the analysis of archaeological artefacts, and talks on the local area and the important Oxford pottery industry.
Dates: July-13-2014 – July-25-2014
Tuition fee £250 per week (excluding accommodation and food). Over-16s only, or over-14s with accompanying adult.
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.
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