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Location: Truro, Cornwall
Dates: 4th June to 10th August 2018
Cost: £200 per week plus an extra £25 per week if lunch is required.
Age: 14 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. No top age limit as there is always some work available on site.
Training / Experience: No experience necessary, full training provided.
Accommodation: Not provided but list of student recommended local accommodation on website.
Organization: Saveock Water Archaeology
Name: Jacqui Wood
Address: Saveock Water Archaeology, Saveock Mill, Greenbottom, Truro TR4 8QQ Cornwall
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07785 908 209 / 01872 560 351
Web: www.archaeologyonline.org

Details

Planning, section drawing and Post Ex techniques taught on site [Photo Credit: Jacqui Wood]

This is the 18th Season at this multi period site dating from the Mesolithic to 17th century pagan deposits.

The dig has featured extensively on the world media and had a National Geographic Documentary made on it. The Director Jacqui Wood was listed last year in the top 2% of researchers on Academia.edu (based in California it has 56 million academics as members) where her papers can be seen on Experimental Archaeology.

This season at Saveock we aim to continue to follow the Neolithic stone built water course we excavated last season and expand the area of the Bronze Age Crystal hearth (pictures of this can be seen if you scroll down the pictures on our Facebook page).

No experience is necessary at Saveock, just an enthusiasm to discover the secrets of the past in this delightful Cornish valley.


Find out more about this exciting dig:

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6 Comments

  1. Barbara Sanders
    April 26, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    STUNNING SAVEOCK!

    Amazing opportunity to investigate many periods. At Saveock you never know what extraordinary finds will appear, or mysteries unfold – or remain a mystery. Unique swan-feather pits from later Middle Ages, mesolithic artefacts, stone tools, ritual pools….. the possibilities are endless. Lovely rural site, super people. I’m going for my 3rd season.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Be prepared for the unexpected – evidence of human acitivity over many periods.

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  2. Leslie Dodd
    May 7, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    A FRIENDLY SITE

    A great place to enjoy archaeology. Lots to do and good people to do it with!

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Go and have a good time.

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  3. Ryan 'Smudge' Smith
    May 15, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR ?

    This site is a multi-occupational site, set in an idylic landscape of a small valley cut in half by a large stream… the site covers six acres containing material from the Mesolithic (if not earlier) to the 18th Century. Facilities are on site and equipment is provided to those people who don’t have their own, friendly people on site and your not treated as an earth mover…

    An added bonus is the surrounding area, if you’ve got the time and the inclanation Cornwall is a great place to visit, and the local beaches are stunning….

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Make sure you take a hat and sun cream….

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  4. Linnea Glynne-Rule
    May 23, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    LOVELY FRIENDLY SITE

    I have so much enjoyed working at this site and the opportunities it has given me. I have learnt so much and even had help with my studies.

    Being multi-period you have the opportunity of learning about a whole range of arcaheology.

    Jacqui Wood is a well known lecturer, author, and experimental archaeologist. The experimental archaeology adds another dimension to the experience.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? If you want to dig in beautiful surroundings this is it. You have the opportunity to enter into all sorts of archaeological discussions whatever your experience. Don’t be afraid of asking questions and making observations – they will be treated seriously.

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  5. Eileen Holttum
    July 28, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    INTERESTING & WORTHWHILE INTRODUCTION TO DIGGING

    Creative possible scenarios are discussed, Jackie’s approach is a fascinating combination of sound knowledge and experience combined with occasional flights of fancy ..This was my first dig, the site had a great deal of diversity, the lunches were tasty & filling and the area full of interesting industrial archeology. A useful introduction.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Free you mind to range over 1000s of years of archeological puzzles. Divergent thinking comes into its own here.

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    March 16, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

    […] first reaction on reading of the Barway site was to think of the Saveock Water excavations in Cornwall, which since 2003 have uncovered evidence of unique and apparently ritual depositions […]

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