Since 2011 The University of Sheffield has been undertaking a long-term research programme on the abbey precinct. This not only aims to undertake a complete topographical and geophysical survey of the monastic enclosure, it also include targeted excavation of the identified medieval and post-dissolution features in order to gain a better understanding of the site’s long history.
During the 2015 season we will be continuing our excavation in the area identified last year as the location of the medieval monastic hospital of St James and its associated cemetery. Trenches will be located over the east end of the hospital chapel, the infirmary hall, as well as the cemetery area.
Students attending the field school play a central role in continuing the geophysical and topographical survey of this area, as well as taking part in the excavation of the trenches. You will also have the opportunity to excavate in the cemetery and help process the human bones and other artefacts. All work is supervised by experienced staff from the University of Sheffield, volunteers get to take part in all the key activities.
The field school fee is £195.00 per week. This includes supervision, course materials, all meals, camping space and pick up & drop off at the local train station (Thornton Abbey).