Location: Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire
Dates: Undergraduate Fieldschool: Sunday 26th June - Friday 8th July. Public Fieldschools: Sunday 10th July - Friday 15th July & Sunday 17th July - Friday 22nd July Public field schools: Sunday 10th July - Friday 15th July Sunday 17th July - Friday 22nd July
Cost: Two week Undergraduate Fieldschool: £600, including food and a camping pitch. One week Public Fieldschools: £275, not including food or accommodation
Age: 16+
Training / Experience: Full training provided, no experience required
Accommodation: Undergraduate Fieldschool: Camping pitch provided. Public Fieldschools: No, but we can offer recommendations.
Organization: Oxford Archaeology & The University of Oxford
Name: Edward Peveler and Thomas Matthews Boehmer
Address: Institute of Archaeology 36 Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2PG
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Telephone: None


The trench in beautiful sunshine during the 2015 season. (Photo: Ian Cartwright, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford).

2017 will see the Discovering Dorchester team return to the Dorchester on Thames allotments trench to continue down through the archaeology of the Roman ‘small town.’ Dorchester is a key site in English, and indeed British, history, being one of few sites in the country where settlements dating from the late Iron Age (100 BC – AD 43), the Roman, and the Anglo-Saxon periods can be explored, and which are largely unobscured by later development.

A two-week undergraduate fieldschool and two one-week public fieldschools will give participants the chance to work on an active research project whilst being given tuition in all key practical archaeological skills. These will include excavating and recording by context, drawing sections and plans, using a Dumpy Level and Total Station to plot finds, and washing and processing ‘bulk’ and ‘small-finds’. These skills will be taught in group sessions and individually by experienced supervisors. There will also be seminars given on other aspects of excavation by experts, on topics such as stratigraphy, archaeological photography, animal bone and pottery analysis, and the wider archaeology and history of the region, to put the site in context.

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