16 July—18 July 2019

Archaeology Field School

Calling all budding archaeologists!

We have a new field school open to anyone interested in archaeology.

Join us for this exciting three day course to learn archaeological skills, find out about amazing post-excavation techniques and have a go at excavating a real archaeological site.

This field school is suitable for complete beginners to those wanting to improve their skills. Sessions are open to everyone aged 16 and over. Fieldwork will take place at Ashton Court, one of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks.

The field school is run in partnership with Archeoscan, a local company providing opportunities for community involvement in archaeology and Wessex Archaeology, one of the UK’s leading archaeological companies.

Course details

Day one: Find out about the skills, techniques and theories involved in fieldwork with archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology.

Day two: Experience a day of digging on site at Ashton Court with Archeoscan. Ashton Court has been the site of a manor house since the 11th century and was home to the wealthy Smyth family from the 16th to 20th centuries. A geophysical survey carried out in 2018 has identified possible archaeological remains, which may be a lost wing of the house. Excavations aim to explore them and investigate traces of any formal gardens.

Day three: Discover what happens to objects and information once excavations are over with curators from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Find out how artefacts are recorded, studied and looked after before learning about the scientific techniques that can help us to understand the past. This session includes a behind the scenes tour of the museum.

Days one and three will be based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and will run from 10.30 am – 4pm. Day two will be on-site at Ashton Court and will run from 10am – 4pm.

Places are limited so book your place today! For more information please contact Kate Iles.

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