Location: Poulton, Cheshire
Dates: Easter Season 10-21 April. Summer Season 26 June – 25 August.
Cost: £190 for one week.
£380 for two weeks.
Discounts are available for booking 3, 4, and more weeks.
Training / Experience: No experience required.
Accommodation: None offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally. Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided.
The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials. Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints (indicative of a seasonal hunting camp) and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered west of the Pennines. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry, and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of ceramics, metal, and building material.
The Poulton Project offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age roundhouses, Roman field boundaries, and the medieval chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses.
The courses are designed as an introduction to excavation techniques, plan and section drawing, context recording, photography, finds processing and surveying. Deposit required when booking. Minimum two week booking required for skeletal excavation.