Saveock Water is a multi-period excavation site dating from the Mesolithic to the 17th century. A new area was opened at the end of last season, which dates from early Bronze Age and features a prehistoric hearth and furnace.
During the first week students will be taught basic excavation techniques, planning, section drawing, context sheets and post-excavation work. In the following weeks they will have the opportunity to work on the different periods of the site and hone their post-excavation skills.
There is also a permanent Experimental Archaeology department at Saveock with a full size replica of a split-level Bronze Age house.
Once a week, students are given a lecture on the famous and fascinating ‘Otzi the Ice Man’ by Site Director, Jacqui Wood, who worked on the ‘Ice Man’ artifacts in Northern Italy.
No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a love of discovering the past. Minimum age is 14 but they must be accompanied by an adult on the dig; 16 year-olds can dig unaccompanied. The less physically abled are welcome to take part in post-excavation work.