6 July—10 July 2020

Full Field School experience

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Due to these uncertain times, this event has been postponed until 2021. Ticket holders will be contacted and issued refunds as soon as possible.

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This five day field school will take you through the whole archaeological process from where to dig to what happens after the excavation ends.

It includes two full days excavating at Ashton Court, sessions on historic buildings and how to research a site as well as behind the scenes tours of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Archives and the historic interior of Ashton Court.

Day one
Find out about the skills, techniques and theories involved in fieldwork with archaeologists from Bristol Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Day two
Morning session – Become an archaeological building detective with Wessex Archaeology, one of the UK’s leading archaeological companies. Learn how modern technology is used by archaeologists to record standing buildings and their interiors. Photograph the historic interior of Ashton Court and turn photos into 3D models using photogrammetry. This session also includes a tour of the rooms not usually open to the public.

Afternoon session – Learn how archaeologists use archives, records, images and datasets to research sites before archaeological investigation begins. This session includes a behind the scenes tour of Bristol Archives and a chance to see highlights from the Ashton Court archives.

Days three and four
Get hands on and help excavate Ashton Court with Archeoscan, a local company providing opportunities for community involvement in archaeology.  There will also be a chance to have a go at surveying using a total station and to help record the site by creating plans and section drawings following archaeological conventions. Supervisors will be on hand to show you the basic techniques and help you throughout.

Day five
Discover what happens to objects and information once excavations are over with staff from Bristol Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. 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 five will be based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and will run from 10.30 am – 4pm. Days two, three and four will be on-site at Ashton Court and will run from 10am – 4pm.

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.


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