Students are invited to take part in the permanent excavation site of South Shields Roman Fort, a Roman military and civilian settlement that lies within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. For over a decade, Earthwatch teams have helped meticulously map more than 1,000 square meters of pre-Roman and Roman settlement here, with excavations uncovering jewellery, armour, game pieces, and ceramics.
Working in small groups, students will take part in a wide range of tasks including stratigraphic excavation using a trowel (or possibly more robust digging equipment), recording site data, site surveying, and sampling, cleaning, and sorting finds.
Courses cater to all experience levels. The majority of programmes include food and accommodation. There are also courses available for families and teenagers as well as taster weekends for anyone interested but unsure what to expect.