Dates: Undergraduate Fieldschool: Sunday 24th June to Friday 6th July 2018 Public Fieldschools: Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July 2018 & Sunday 15th to Friday 20th July 2018
Cost: Two week Undergraduate Fieldschool: £600 (includes food and a camping pitch). One week Public Fieldschools: £275 (not including food or accommodation)
Training / Experience: Full training provided, no experience required
Accommodation: Undergraduate Fieldschool: Camping pitch provided. Public Fieldschools: No, but we can offer recommendations.
2018 will see the Discovering Dorchester team return to the Dorchester on Thames allotments trench to investigate the archaeology of a Romano-British ‘small town’ for the last time. 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 BCE – 43CE), 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.