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Fieldwork

Here is a list of excavations we have been informed about going on across the country. Please note that these are not organised by the CBA and we cannot accept responsibility for operating conditions of projects.

Cameron Archaeology: Aberdeenshire Dig

22-24.03.19

In 2017 Mesolithic Deeside put test trenches in a site  known for Mesolithic flints and uncovered a circular structure and area of Mesolithic flints. This excavation will open a much larger trench and reveal more of the circular structure and the Mesolithic flint scatter.  Funded by Aberdeenshire Council. Contact Ali for  details: cameronarch@btinternet.com


7253 structure at Heughhead during 2017 excavation

Liss Archaeology: Colemore Project

25.04-21.05.19, Colemore, NE Hampshire (site closed on Wednesdays)

19.09-14.10.19, Colemore, NE Hampshire (site closed on Wednesdays)

Set amongst the rolling hills in the west of the South Downs National Park, halfway between Alton and Petersfield, views over the edge of The Weald stretch away in the distance.  Little was known about the site until the landowner discovered some pottery dating to the Romano-British period when the field had a final ploughing before it was laid to pasture.  In 2009, a chance comment during an organised walk led to ongoing investigations by Liss Archaeology.  During this time over half of the field has undergone geophysical survey revealing a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement.  Ten seasons of excavations and test pits plus desk-based research and topographical survey have taken place.  To date, many features, including an 80m by 90m rectilinear enclosure with a 50m square enclosure seemingly attached; a raft foundation and associated flint wall foundations; a potentially winged, corridor, rural villa, currently extending to over 25m in length; a foot-worn track-way entering the small enclosure apparently bordered by small gullies and into the large enclosure via a causeway; a pond likely to be associated with iron industry plus an excitingly functioning water management system complete with filtered fresh water! Many additional features within the enclosures have been unearthed that date throughout the whole Romano-British period. Tantalising hints of earlier occupation have been seen adding an Iron Age origin to occupation on the site (currently!). North of the large enclosure, a ladder system of smaller enclosures stretches away past curving, linear and rectilinear features towards a small round pond reliably filled with water.  At this stage the geophysics plots suggest that the archaeology respects the pond and years of archaeological exploration are eagerly anticipated.

In 2019, two excavations are planned.  In April/May the targets are features seen as geophysical anomalies towards and beyond the pond and outside of the main enclosure.  The September/October excavation target is likely to be determined upon the results of the spring excavation, a large trench is planned.

Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome. 

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part.  From 18 to 80’s, all abilities.  In addition to excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying take place to professional standards during the dig.  Local schools take part in on-site archaeology education, outreach education also available. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.

 Membership (£15.00 per annum, due 31.03, students half price) is required for insurance purposes.  Membership forms and dig booking forms can be found on our website, www.lissarchaeology.uk

Dig fees at Colemore are £6 per day (student’s half price), payable in advance; we are non-profit making covering costs only.  Extremely Limited camping available (no extra cost but first come, first served applies), please email us if you would like to camp and further details/availability can be advised.  Accommodation nearby.  Facilities: Tree Bog compost toilets plus a ‘bring your own shower’ facility.  Tea and coffee provided at start of day and all breaks.  Transport from Alton, Petersfield and Portsmouth available most days. 

Members can also take part in;

Alton Big Dig – July 13th – July 28th

Stroud Village Excavation and Fieldwalking – August 2019

A further series of geophysical surveys are also planned for 2019 at Colemore and elsewhere plus an excavation (following the test pit project) in Stroud near Petersfield, Alton Big Dig, field-walking, excavation elsewhere and more!

For further information, please contact us lissarchaeology@gmail.com or book through our website www.lissarchaeology.uk

Colemore Project
Colemore Project

Kent Archaeological Field School 

13.04.19, Field Walking and Map Analysis Saturday 13th April 

Field work at its most basicinvolves walking across the landscape recording features  seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recordingartefacts found within the plough soil. These include flint tools,Roman building material, pottery, glass and metal artefacts. One ofthe uses of field walking isto build upa database for large-scale regional archaeological surveys. We will consider the importance ofregressivemap analysis as part of this procedure. The course will cover:

  1. Strategies and procedures
  2. Standard and non-standard line walking, grid walking
  3. Potterydistribution,identifyingpottery andbuildingceramics

We will be in the field in the afternoons so suitable clothing will benecessary.

Cost £10 if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £25. 

19-24.04.19, Excavation at Wye 

Archaeological excavation on the site of a recently discovered Roman Villa and water mill at Wye in Kent. On this ten day course we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are discovered and excavated and how different types of finds are studied to reveal the lives of former peoples. Subjects discussed will include aerial photography, regressive map analysis, HER data, and artefact identification. This course will be especially useful for those new to archaeology, as well as those considering studying the subject further. After tea break we will participate in an archaeological investigation on a Roman building under expert tuition. Expert diggers are not required to participate in the tool box talks.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day. 

20.05.19 - 06.06.19, Excavation at Oplontis

We will be spending four weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. The site offers a unique opportunity to dig on iconic World Heritage Site in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. NOW FULLY BOOKED

Email Paul Wilkinson at info@swatarchaeology.co.uk for further details  

04-12.05.19, Excavation of Roman Villa

Nine days investigating the final area of a substantial Roman building to find out its form and function. This is an important Roman building and part of a larger Roman villa complex which may have its own harbour. One of the research questions we will be tackling is the buildings marine association with the nearby tidal waterway.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

06-12.05.19, Villa at Faversham in Kent 

It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation at the Abbey Fields Roman villa near Faversham.

Topics taught each day are:

Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday): Why dig?

Tuesday 7th May: Excavation Techniques.

Wednesday 8th May: Site Survey.

Thursday 9th May: Archaeological Recording.

Friday 10th May: Small Finds.

Saturday and Sunday (free) digging with the team

A free PDF copy of "Archaeology" 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 if membership is taken out at the time of booking plus a Certificate of Attendance. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.00pm. For directions to the Field School see 'Where ' on the KAFS website.

Tel: 01795 532548 Email: info@kafs.co.uk

06-07.07.19, Kent Archaeological Field School - Archaeological Survey for Students

An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording Roman features in the landscape. Cost for members is £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £15 a day. Tel: 01795 532548 Email: info@kafs.co.uk

 

03.-11.08.2019, Excavation of a Roman villa at Teston near Maidstone

 

Last year a geophysical survey took place down slope from the CAT discoveries and possible masonry walls identified. Subsequently the Kent Archaeological Field School were invited by the owner to investigate the site and a field walking weekend in March identified an area of disturbed Roman masonry below that of the CAT discovery and above that of the geophysical survey. Hand digging of test pits identified a substantial deposit of Roman building material and on opening up the trench the south wall stretching for 39m was exposed and running east-west, At each end substantial towers or pavilions were also exposed.  Rooms with hypocaust heating were exposed to the north and stretching into the adjoining field and towards CATs investigations in 1991. Work in 2018 included searching for the masonry bath-house and two geophysical surveys which has identified a major building to the rear of the main villa and this will be the focus of our investigations in August 2019.

 

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

Tel: 01795 532548 Email: info@kafs.co.uk

Roman Road Excavations 2019

Bank Holidays from 19.4.19 - 26.08.19, on the Chichester Roman Road

Excavations on the new Winchester - Chichester Roman Road will take place on Bank Holiday weekends from Easter - August 2019. Three sites have been established where substantial remains have been found. In addition evidence has been found at each excavation of a Roman settlement, and work will be undertaken on these. At Easter 2019 the excavation of two of the three Roman Road lanes on Beacon Hill near Exton (A32) will be completed. Nearby there are ramparts which is thought to be a Roman temple site, and the survey map with geophysics will be completed. On May and August Bank Holidays the excavation of one of the Roman Road lanes as it enters the LIDAR grid of what is thought to be the Roman settlement of CLAUSENTUM will take place. A large amount of Roman pottery and tiles have been found, together with the rammed chalk of the grid, and the Roman Road lane beyond it. A map of the street grid, the course of the Roman Road lanes, and other finds is being made. As with the Beacon Hill temple site, a LIDAR image as the base is being used, on which many of the features show, and other evidence such as as photos and pottery scatters is being added.

Experienced and novice excavators welcome. Further details contact Dr Richard Whaley, Field Works & School Director, 2 Rotherwick Court, Alexandra Road, Farnborough GU14 6DD (SEA appreciated), 01252 548115, 07599 875708 or email nehas@whaley.me.uk

Please visit http://www.nehhas.org.uk/ for further information on our excavations.

Cameron Archaeology: Aden Mansion House dig

29.04-12.05.19, Aden Mansion House

Aden Mansion is now a ruin but Rose Geophysics carried out a resistivity survey around the ruin and revealed the layout of old gardens and possibly an earlier building. Come along and help us uncover an 1800s landscape...or maybe something even earlier.

Open Day 11 May

Experienced and inexperienced volunteers welcome. Camping and glamping in the park https://www.adencaravanandcamping.co.uk/

For more details contact Ali mailto:cameronarch@btinternet.com.com Funded by HES, HLF, Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service and The Friends of Aden.

Bridge Farm Excavations

3.06.19 - 12.07.19, Barcombe, Near Lewes, Sussex

Excavation and finds processing at this regionally important, finds-rich, defended 1st-4th century Romano-British settlement just north of Lewes. Volunteering fees £25 for 7 days, £40 for 14 days or £60 for 6 week season. Camping, including dig fees, at £50 per week with use of hot showers, flushing WCs, fully equipped kitchen and laundry in the site HQ building. See www.culverproject.co.uk for more details or email information@culverproject.co.uk for application form.

Butser Ancient Farm Flint Study Day

15.06.19

This is a day of specialist flint study for the field archaeologist or flint tool enthusiast with flint knapper Bob Turner. Join Bob and gain deeper understanding of the material and its uses through 8,000 years of British pre-history. There is a particular focus on common finds, including debitage. Tickets cost £95.00 

To book your place click here

07.07.19

Join Bob Turner for this study day which will be run in two parts. The morning features an evaluation of the British flint assemblage while the afternoon is a practical session involving knapping techniques. Tickets cost £95.00

To book your place click here.  

For further information about these study days, please click here

Bamburgh Research Project: Bamburgh Castle excavation 2019

We are delighted to announce that booking details are now available for our 2019 field school season, which runs from June 16th – July 27th. The field school will operate out of Bamburgh Castle and we are offering two programmes: Excavation and Post-Excavation only

You can book anywhere from one to six weeks. However, we recommend booking two weeks minimum for a well rounded experience. Our dates are listed below:

  • Week 1: June 16th- June 22nd 

  • Week 2: June 23rd- June 29th

  • Week 3: June 30th- July 6th

  • Week 4: July 7th- July 13th

  • Week 5: July 14th- July 21st

  • Week 6: July 22nd- July 27th

    Student spaces are limited, so we encourage you to book your place as soon as possible.

    Tuition is £280 per week, which will cover all on-site excavation and post-excavation activities. You can learn more about what this covers by visiting our website.

    The Site is within the spectacular Bamburgh Castle in the North Sea coast of Northumberland. A natural fortress occupied since the Bronze Age we are currently excavating an industrial area of 7th to 8th century AD date, which is part of the royal palace of the kings of Northumbria.

    Accommodation must be booked separately. The staff are staying at Budle Bay Campsite and we very much encourage you to join us there for a more communal experience. Most who join the dig find making new friends and the social side of the excavation just as much fun as the dig itself.  Budle bay offers a variety of options from basic camping to booking your own Eco Hut. Options for space in the Bunkhouse that we are booking for staff are also available but do contact us to ensure that places are still available in it before booking with the campsite.

    Note: There were a number of changes to the field school last year, such as our training schedule and when you are expected to arrive. Even if you have booked in years past we encourage you to read-through the updated website pages.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cameron Archaeology: Neolithic Enclosure

24.06-07.07.19, Aden Caravan and Camping,  Station Road, Peterhead,  Aberdeenshire
AB42 5FQ

When we uncovered this enclosure in November 2018 we were surprised by the size and potentially early date. Radiocarbon dates are in progress but the shape and nature suggests early Neolithic with a mixture of living trees and posts sunk into post-holes. At the end of the dig we had not revealed the whole structure - come along this year and help us unpeel the layers from this exciting structure.

Open Days 30 June, 6 July

Experienced and inexperienced volunteers welcome. Camping and glamping in the park https://www.adencaravanandcamping.co.uk/

For more details contact Ali cameronarch@btinternet.com Funded by HES, HLF, Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service and The Friends of Aden.

The Poulton Project Archaeology Courses

01.07.19-09.08.19, Cheshire

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 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 animal bone, 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 and Roman features and the eastern chapel graveyard are available in our field courses. 

Student fees are as follows: £400 for a two-week course. Four to six week courses are available

Please note that no accommodation is offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally. Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided. 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.

Website: www.poultonresearchproject.co.uk Contact: Kevin Cootes e-mail: kvecootes@hotmail.co.uk

The project supplies all tools and equipment, mess tents, toilets and facilities for tea, coffee, etc. Students need to bring suitable digging clothes, footwear and lunch. The Poulton Research Project is a registered charity. Number: 1094552

 

Poulton Project

The Newbarns Project

01.07-20.09.19, Dumfries & Galloway

Excavation and research of Prehistoric village complex. Enquiries welcome from volunteers of all ages and fitness.  Students and under 16s subject to conditions.  Experienced diggers welcome.  New applicants to send CV.  B&Bs, camp/caravan sites nearby. 

Contact Project Director at S.A.T. (SC040018), Kingston, Rhonehouse, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 1SA or:

Email: e.penman2012@btinternet.com

Web: https://archaeologyscotland.org.uk/sat

Liss Archaeology: Alton Big Dig

13-28.07.19, NE Hampshire

The start of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology.  Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park.  The Big Dig in July focuses on features seen and will provide educational activities for the local community, children and families in addition to test pitting by members.  The project is in conjunction with CBA Festival of Archaeology, Alton Town Council, The Friends of the Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum.  Research is ongoing and building a picture of human activity in the town and its’ surrounds.

Liss Archaeology plan a series of 1m test pits in the park itself and in nearby private gardens.  Activities include excavation, finds processing and recording, record keeping, planning, drawing, running educational activities, stewarding and talking etc. Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome. 

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part.  From 18 to 80’s, all abilities. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.

Book a place via the online booking form on the website www.lissarchaeology.uk

Membership (£15.00 per annum, due 31.03, students half price) is required for insurance purposes.  Membership forms and dig booking forms can be found on our website, www.lissarchaeology.uk

Alton Big Dig

Rampart Scotland

15-21.07.19, King's Park Cairn, Stirling

Help us explore a newly discovered Romano-British fort, nestled at the heart of Scotland’s oldest and best preserved Royal Park. All welcome, costs £50 a day (no accommodation or food provided). For more details or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook on info@rampartscotland.co.uk

5-16.08.2019, Battle Hill Huntly, Season 4

Help explore a newly discovered Iron age hillfort, Neolithic cairn and Pictish structure. All welcome, costs £800 (includes food and accommodation) with the potential for part time options. For more details or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook on info@rampartscotland.co.uk

Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool 2019 

22.07.2019 - 23.08.2019

Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Dates: Week A: 22nd  July to 26th  July 2019,  Week B:  29th July to 2nd August 2019, Week C: 12th August to 16th  August 2019,  Week D: 19th August to 23rd August 2019
Cost: £250 per person
Age: 16(+) but please email to discuss regarding 15 yrs and under
Training / Experience: No experience required
Accommodation: No

Organisation: Mercian Archaeological Services CIC
Name: Andy Gaunt or Sean Crossley
Address: Staffordshire House, Beechdale Road, Nottingham, NG8 3FH
Email: info@mercian-as.co.uk
Telephone: 07512 845 291
Web: www.mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html

This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including The Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport:

  • Handtools (Trowel etc)
  • Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc)
  • Site Formation Processes
  • Stratigraphic Excavation
  • Context Sheet Recording
  • Site Photography
  • Site Grid and Trench Layout
  • Dumpy Level and Staff
  • Planning
  • Section Drawing
  • Collection of Samples
  • Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage
  • Site Safety

Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including:

  • Survey (Total Station)
  • Finds Processing

As well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:

  • Pottery identification,
  • Finds handling,
  • Finds processing,
  • Flint Knapping Demonstrations,
  • History of Ceramics lectures,
  • And much more…

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

King John’s Palace was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period.

The site was visited by all 8 kings from Henry II to Richard II. The site was used for hunting and feasting, jousting and entertaining royalty. According to legend King John held Parliament under an oak tree there in the run up to Magna Carta, and Edward I held Parliament there in 1290.

Liss Archaeology: Stroud

09.08-01.09.19, Near Petersfield, NE Hampshire

A continuation of Stroud Big Dig (2016/2017), Liss Archaeology are continuing exploration of the area with the focus for 2019 being in fields just outside the village.  A series of geophysical surveys have taken place as well as desktop background research including Lidar and old aerial photographs.  In 2017 and 2018, test pits and fieldwalking revealed several areas of interest. 

2019 has larger scale excavations planned plus, if the farming calendar permits, fieldwalking.  Further geophysical surveys are also planned.

Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome. 

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part.  From 18 to 80’s, all abilities.  In addition to excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying take place to professional standards during the dig.  Local schools take part in on-site archaeology education, outreach education also available. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.

Camping and accommodation readily available close-by.  Site is 1.5 miles from Petersfield mainline railway station.

Membership (£15.00 per annum, due 31.03, students half price) is required for insurance purposes.  Membership forms and dig booking forms can be found on our website, www.lissarchaeology.uk

Dig fees at Stroud are £6 per day (student’s half price), payable in advance; we are non-profit making covering costs only.  Tea and coffee provided at start of day and all breaks. 

Stroud Excavation

The Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG): Canal Restoration

31.08-07.09.19 and 07.09-14.09.19, Monmouthshire Canal

WRG is looking for volunteers to help restore Britain’s lost waterways this summer. Without the support of volunteers, these canal restoration projects cannot be completed and valuable history will be lost forever.

In 2019, WRG has 25 canal restoration projects, or Canal Camps, all around England and Wales that need support. Working outdoors, volunteers can find themselves carrying out various activities such as clearing vegetation and bush-whacking, or learning new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, restoring locks, re-lining canals or creating towpaths.

Each Canal Camp is one week-long, costs £70 and includes three meals a day plus endless tea and cake. Basic accommodation is provided, usually in a village hall or scout hut. Volunteers will need to provide their own camp bed or sleeping mat. All transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site are included but volunteers will need to make their own way to the Canal Camp. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can be collected from the nearest railway station.

The aim of the Canal Camp programme is to support the admirable work of local canal restoration societies. The largest projects that need support in 2019 are based on the Grantham Canal in Nottinghamshire, the Cotswold Canals and the Wey & Arun Canal in Surrey and West Sussex.

If you’re interested in volunteering on a Canal Camp, visit the website www.wrg.org.uk to see a full list of all 2019 dates and locations. You can also email us at enquiries@wrg.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 to order a new brochure. Camps are open to anyone aged 18 and above and no experience is necessary. All personal protection equipment is supplied. You just need a pair of steel toe cap boots.

Waterway Recovery Group is part of Inland Waterways Association, a national charity dedicated to supporting and restoring the country’s canals and rivers. Over the past 70 years,WRG volunteers have managed to restore hundreds of miles of canals. Most of Britain’s canals were built over 200 years ago to help move goods around the country, but many fell into disrepair after the railways were built. Today, the canals are busier than ever providing a place to enjoy waterways by foot, bike or boat.

Cameron Archaeology: Keith Tower House/Episcopalian Meeting House

31.08-08.09.19, Aden Caravan and Camping,  Station Road, Peterhead,  Aberdeenshire
AB42 5FQ

This T-shaped structure has been dismissed as a farmstead but excavation revealed that it is a medieval tower house, the lost fortalice of the Keith family. Limited further excavation will be taking place before the structure is stabilised to allow people to visit without further damage.

Open Day 7 Sept

Experienced and inexperienced volunteers welcome. Camping and glamping in the park https://www.adencaravanandcamping.co.uk/

For more details contact Ali cameronarch@btinternet.com Funded by HES, HLF, Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service and The Friends of Aden.


Bainbridge Archaeological Training Excavation 2019

Week 1: 09-13.09.19; Week 2: 16-20.09.19, Bainbridge, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire

Join Mercian Archaeological Services CIC in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for this week-long training excavation, which focuses on the teaching of archaeological excavation methods. As well as offering the very best in archaeological training and support, this training excavation is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport. The site of the excavation is overlooked by a Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Slight Univallate Hillfort. This fort occupies the high ground at the top of a steep slope on the southern side of the site. We will be concentrating our excavations on the possible medieval manorial complex to the north of this fort, which has been identified from earthworks and recently discovered pottery. The area is famous not only for its beautiful landscape, but also its world famous cheese, and as the backdrop to the television series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. For further information, including costs and booking details please click on this link: http://mercian-as.co.uk/bainbridgetrainingdig.html

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