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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.

King John's Palace

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC: Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2020

Kings Clipstone, 13-17 July, 20-25 July, 10-14 August, 17-21 August 2020, £250 per person

This is not an ordinary fields 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…

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2020 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger. We cover 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; Artefact Recovery; Recording & Storage; Site Safety.

We also provide lessons in: 3 dimensional surveying with a total station; Finds Processing; Pottery identification; Finds handling; Finds processing; Flint Knapping Demonstrations; History of Ceramics lectures and much more…

Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Field School focuses on the medieval hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it. 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, with King John possibly holding a proto-parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I holding Parliament there in 1290. As part of the field school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle , Sheriffs and much much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest.

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including The Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport: Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including: Survey (Total Station), Finds Processing and much more…

*Please note accommodation is not provided*

http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html#sherwoodschool

 

 

Wensleydale

Rampart Scotland: King's Park Stirling

King's Park Stirling, 13th to 18th July 2020 

The King’s Park, Stirling, is the oldest and best preserved Royal Park in Scotland and surrounds Stirling Castle, the ancient capital of Scotland. Excavation in 2019 dates the fort to the late 1st century AD, demonstrates that the occupant's traded with the Roman Empire and that it was burnt down. The training is relaxed and easy going and you can learn as much or as little as you want to. 

£50 a day, though you have to provide your own accommodation and food. 
For more information or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook info@rampartscotland.co.uk 
http://www.rampartscotland.co.uk/

Rampart Scotland: Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project 

Battle Hill, Aberdeenshire, 3 to 14 August 2020

The 20th Season of research into Aberdeenshire’s prehistoric settlement patterns. The training is relaxed and easy going and you can learn as much or as little as you want to. You will have the opportunity to excavate newly discovered archaeological remains that have never been examined before: including a 2500 year old hillfort, a Neolithic Cairn, 1000 AD bank; and a possible Pictish Structure. 

£850 including all room and board.
For more information or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook info@rampartscotland.co.uk
http://www.rampartscotland.co.uk/ 

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC: Bainbridge Archaeological Training Excavation 2020

Bainbridge, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire 7-11 September & 14 - 18 September 2020, £250 per person

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.

*Please note accommodation is not provided*

Archaeological Training Excavation: This course focuses on excavation; it is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

For those wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfil the practical experience requirements of their courses… for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work… for those looking to acquire cross-transferable skills… for volunteer diggers wishing to raise their game, impress their friends, and increase their enjoyment of archaeology and heritage through a greater skill set and knowledge base…. through to people simply wishing to learn for the love of learning…

About the site: The beautiful village of Bainbridge was formerly the administrative centre of the medieval Forest of Wensleydale, and the magnificent Bolton Castle near Leyburn dominates the valley to the east. A Roman fort looms large over the village of Bainbridge on the eastern side.

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’.

School attendees will receive the following:

  • All techniques are taught and experienced throughout the week, a mixture of theory sessions and hands on training from our Archaeological experts.
  • Every attendee will be taught to excavate.
  • Delegates will be taught archaeological drawing methods.
  • Delegates will also receive training and experience in measuring and recording heights with a dumpy level.
  • Topics covered in the classroom sessions will include site formation and processes, stratigraphic excavation, context sheets, drawing and photography, alongside a Pottery Identification Training seminar.
  • Total Station training and surveying seminar and practical session.
  • Lectures are accompanied by ‘hand-outs’. These will be made available to attendees to download via a file-share. The details for access are provided prior to the field school. The file-share will be accessible to attendees from 1st August to 31st October 2020. The files can be downloaded at anytime during this window and are for students to keep. Mercian aim to be an environmentally friendly company and this helps us to work towards reducing our environmental footprint.
  • ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral’ artefact identification quizzes on most mornings!
  • This course is suitable for people of all archaeological abilities from beginner wishing to take their first step, to experienced diggers wishing to take the next step, and from university students and post-graduates needing more experience, to retired people wanting to fulfil a life’s ambition… all are welcome and will be treated equally… the experience is tailored to the individual through hands on personal supervision.
  • Field days include lunch (sandwiches) provided by caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.
  • A tuck shop is also available for snacks and drinks to be bought throughout the day.
  • On-site toilet facilities are provided.
  • All equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring you own trowels etc (more details when you have booked

Evening field visits (there will be a chance to attend evening tours during the week) may include:

  • A tour around Brough Roman Fort, Bainbridge.
  • Trip to, and guided tour around Jervaux Abbey, Wensleydale.

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

  • Handtools (Trowel etc)
  • Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc)
  • Site Formation Processes
  • Stratigraphic Excavation
  • Context Sheet Recording
  • Site Photography
  • Dumpy Level and Staff
  • Archaeological drawing
  • Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage
  • Site Safety

http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html#bainbridge


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