Poulton is a multi-period rural site located three miles south of Chester. It has yielded evidence of almost 9,500 years of human activity. This season (running from 14 April-16 May, and 23 June-29 August), the project will be concentrating on the Medieval chapel graveyard so participants will be excavating and recording human remains. Past excavations in the area have uncovered 650 inhumations and it is estimated that up to 1,800 may still be present.
The project intends to open further trenches in search of Roman activity, having already uncovered Roman ditches and pits with finds including coins, brooches and high status pottery. It is thought that somewhere nearby is a villa and/or a temple or shrine.
Students will be taught excavation techniques, surveying, photography, context recording and planning. Minimum age is 16 and no experience is required to take part. There is a campsite and hostel nearby, and basic facilities for cooking are available on site.