12 April—26 April 2021

Archaeology field school: online and on-site

An ‘online and on site’ archaeology field school that explains the whole archaeological process – from where to dig to what happens after the excavation ends.

This field school includes two online introductory sessions and a full day excavating at a Roman villa site in Doynton, South Gloucestershire with local archaeology company Archeoscan.

Monday 12 April, 7.30pm – 9pm
Online Zoom session: Find out about the skills, techniques and theories involved in archaeological fieldwork.

Sunday 18 April, 10am – 4pm
On site: Get hands on and help excavate the site of a Roman villa at Doynton. Have a go at surveying using a total station and create plans and section drawings following archaeological conventions. Supervisors will be on hand to show you the basic techniques and help you throughout.

Monday 26 April, 7.30pm – 9pm
Online Zoom session: Discover what happens to objects and information once excavations are over.

Online lectures are delivered by archaeologists from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. A recording will be made available for those not able to attend these evenings. A reading list and further information will also be provided.

Suitable for

All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.

Archaeology gift pack

Add an archaeological gift pack to your booking for just £15 and receive a tailor made dig kit complete with trowel to get you started on your archaeological adventure. You will receive this pack on the dig day in Doynton.

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Additional information

Concessions are available with proof of identity for people over 65, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Further information

On-site access

Participants will need to be able to make their own way to Doynton, South Gloucestershire. Full directions will be provided nearer the time. There is no parking on site and access to the excavation involves a 10-15 minute walk down a country lane.

This is a rural site so facilities are limited. Toilet facilities are basic with a screened off soakaway in the ground and there is no running water, though bottled water will be provided.

Archaeology is a physical activity but every measure possible will be taken to ensure that everyone can join in. If you have specific access requirements, please let us know in advanced and we will do our best to support you.

COVID Secure

The safety of our customers is paramount and extra measures put in place for the excavation element of this field school to make it COVID secure.

Numbers on site have been limited and extra trenches opened to ensure that participants can work in groups of no more than 6, at 2 meters apart.

All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the field school and will not be shared when onsite. Hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities will be provided.

Details of each participant will be kept for the NHS Test and Trace. These will be destroyed 21 days after the event.

If participants have been asked to self-isolate, they will be offered a refund for the excavation element of the field school or an alternative dig date with Archeoscan.

If participants experience Covid symptoms prior to the date of the excavation, they will be asked not to attend the excavation element of the field school. A refund for the excavation session or an alternative dig date with Archeoscan will be issued.

These measures will be re-evaluated as new government guidance is issued and new measures added as necessary.

Wet weather

All excavations are subject to the weather and farming conditions and the dig day may need to be cancelled at short notice if conditions are deemed unsafe. If this happens, you will be notified as soon as possible and a refund for the excavation session or an alternative dig date will be issued.

Participants Charter

Full details of the site will be issued by Archeoscan in a Participants Charter nearer to the date of the excavation. This will contain full details on what to bring, where to go and what to expect. You will also receive a full health and safety briefing on site

About this programme

The archaeology study sessions programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. The excavation element of this field school is run by Archeoscan are a local company providing opportunities for community involvement in archaeology.

Profits from the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums. For more information or to join our mailing list please contact [email protected].