The 2013 FieldSchool will see its 17th season of excavation at the Silchester Town Life Project. This site, located just ten miles from Reading, is unusual because it was completely abandoned during the 5th century. The excavations focus on Insula IX, an industrial and commercial district at the heart of Silchester.
This season, which runs from July to August, will concentrate on the Iron Age origins of this important administrative centre, with volunteers helping to uncover evidence of the very earliest town life in Britain.
Organised and run by the University of Reading, Silchester welcomes applicants of all abilities and levels of experience (you must be at least 16 years old) to help tell the story of this fascinating Roman town, from its origins in the Iron Age to its abandonment in the 5th century.
The cost includes all food and campsite facilities as well as expert tuition and guidance from a team of archaeologists and specialists. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so apply early using the online link: http://www.reading.ac.uk/silchester/field-school/sil-fs-applicationform.aspx to avoid disappointment.
This excavation was nominated for ‘Research Project of the Year’ category of the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards 2012