Location: Castleton, , United Kingdom
The Project: The Castleton Hospital Project began in 2008 as a joint project between the University of Sheffield and the Castleton Historical Society. The main objective of the project is to understand the site of the Medieval leper hospital on the east side of the medieval village of Castleton, in the Hope Valley of the Peak District. The hospital was founded before 1153 by the wife of William Peveril (founder of the nearby Peveril Castle), and is recorded in historical documents as being south of the road into Castleton. A series of earthworks on the site demarcates a late medieval farm building, which was excavated in the early years of the project.
The 2014 season: In the 2013 season, several medieval burials were found. In 2014, we will be further exploring this area within the hospital site in order to understand the character and extent of the burials and the later structures built over the burial ground. There will be several professional archaeologists, including professional osteologists, on site for student supervision, though all digging will be done by students and volunteers.
The 2013 season also led to the discovery of as yet unrecorded Saxon burials, and another aim in 2014 will be to understand the extent of this burial ground, and excavate several of the burials.
In 2014, we will also be continuing to survey various locations around the medieval village, using geophysics, landscape, and earthwork surveys.
Field school: Skills to be aquired on the course include excavation techniques, including experience with funerary archaeology, survey techniques using a total station, geophysical survey techniques, including resistivity and magnetometry, basic finds processing, with the option of geoarchaeological techniques.
The course will be completed with University of Sheffield students, who will be fulfilling their own university excavation requirements at the same time. While credits are not available, we will gladly provide a certificate of participation to give to your institution.
Field trips: There are many sites of archaeological and natural interest around Castleton, including Mam Tor Hill Fort, and several caverns, which you will be welcome to explore at the weekends. Each weekend, we will also be providing field trips to various local historical and archaeological landmarks. These include: Peveril Castle, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Halls, Bolsover Castle, Brough Roman Fort, Chatsworth estate, and Arbor Low Henge monument. Trips to other local sites of interest may also be arranged on rain days.
£150 per week covers the cost of field training,transportation to and from the site, weekend and rainy day field trips, and entrance to most of the field trip locations. Please note that this does not include accommodation, which will be dependent on the type of accommodation chosen.
This price also includes transportation to and from your chosen accommodation from the Sheffield or other local train station.
You can find more information about previous seasons on the following websites:
TO APPLY, OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL COLIN MERRONY AT email@example.com
Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Room and Board Arrangements