Location: Penycloddiau , United Kingdom
From its spectacular hilltop location, our field school aims to provide students with a solid understanding of the full range of practical skills involved in the archaeological process, including: single-context stratigraphic excavation/recording; drawing plans/sections; geophysics and topographic survey; archaeological photography/illustration; finds handling; and environmental sampling/processing. At 21 hectares, Penycloddiau hillfort is one of the largest pre-Roman Iron Age sites in the UK. Previous work suggests that similar large contour enclosures may be a very early type (c. 800-400 B.C.); as a result, our excavations aim to help date the very origins of the hillfort in western Britain.
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age, Bronze Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
Mason, R.G. and Pope, R.E. 2012. Excavations at Penycloddiau hillfort, Flintshire: An interim report. Liverpool: University of Liverpool.
Pope, R.E. 2008. "Roundhouses: 3,000 years of prehistoric design." Current Archaeology 222, 14-21.