Dates: Under review due to Covid-19 - possibly August-September
Cost: Volunteering: £25 for 7 days, £40 for 14 days, £60 for 6 weeks or £50 per week if camping. Training course: £500 (campsite included).
Age: Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Training / Experience: No previous experience required.
Accommodation: Private campsite adjacent to site headquarters. HQ building provides hot showers, flushing toilets, fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and rest room.
Bridge Farm is a Romano-British settlement enclosed by double-ditch defences discovered in open farmland in 2011. Excavation since 2013 has revealed a road network, a possible aisled building, a stone-lined well, a series of industrial hearths and a wealth of postholes, pits and ditches; all very finds-rich with deeper features also producing organic finds such as carved timbers. On 4th December 2019, the project featured in BBC4’s ‘Digging For Britain’.
2020 sees a return to trench 7 in the very centre of the enclosed settlement. The site and adjacent HQ building and campsite is on an arable farm within walk of the village of Barcombe with its general store and pub. There is an experienced team headed by directors Rob Wallace and David Millum to guide novice diggers and a well-coordinated finds team for those wishing to do processing. We endeavour to include everyone in all aspects of site investigation and recording.
The comprehensive undergraduate-level training course seeks to cover all aspects of practical fieldwork offering geophysics, surveying, recording, drawing, photography, environmental and general finds processing, as well as excavation, on this regionally important site. The course whilst open to individuals forms part of the Honours degree programme of Canterbury Christ Church University.