Location: Winterborne Kingston, Bere Regis, Dorset
Dates: Weekdays (Mon – Fri), 8th June – 3rd July
Cost: £100 per week (we would recommend a minimum of 2 weeks) with free transport to and from Bournemouth every day
Age: Over 16
Training / Experience: No formal qualifications are required to attend the field school, which has been designed for participants who wish to gain experience in archaeological field practice
Accommodation: We are not able to provide accommodation, but a list of available accommodation is provided on request.
Organization: Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University
Name: Norman Stock
Address: Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01202 961289



Aerial photo from 2015 showing the excavation of 6 Iron Age roundhouses at Duropolis. [Image: Jo and Sue Crane]

The Durotriges Project, now in its 12th year, is run as a training school for both students and the general public, by experienced archaeological staff from Bournemouth University, fieldwork taking place on the chalk hills above Bere Regis in Dorset. To date, the Project has investigated three Iron Age settlements and four associated cemeteries together with a small Roman villa and a wide range of late Roman houses, graves and agricultural features.

In 2020 participants will get hands-on experience investigating and recording a series of freshly excavated roundhouses, ditches, storage pits and working areas comprising an extensive Late Iron Age settlement, nick-named ‘Duropolis’, which was first identified in 2015 and reported in CA 313. All training, parking at Bournemouth University and transport to site is included in the cost.

Further information, including essential kit, specific timings, and joining instructions, can be obtained by emailing


  1. Scilla West
    March 19, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    I am very interested in participating in your dig in June/July at Durotriges. Do you have any vacancies for volunteers left? I have never been on a dig and have no experience so am a complete novice.
    I look forward to your reply
    Scilla West


  2. Current Archaeology
    March 23, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Dear Scilla,

    The Durotriges Project provides training, so being a novice is fine!

    More information on this project can be found on their website, and you can call or email them for further details. They will also be able to tell you whether there are still places left, and how to take part – all the contact details are now provided in the box at the top of the page.

    I hope this helps!

    Current Archaeology


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