Binchester Roman Fort Excavation Project
Binchester Roman Fort Excavation Project
Binchester Roman Fort Excavation ProjectBinchester Roman Fort Excavation Project
Binchester Roman Fort Excavation ProjectBinchester Roman Fort Excavation Project

Location: Durham, United Kingdom

Season Dates: June 29, 2014 - July 26, 2014
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
April 25, 2014


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Durham University

Project Director: Michael Shanks (Stanford), Gary Devore (Stanford), Melissa Chatfield (Stanford), David Petts (Durham), Richard Hingley (Durham), Peter Carne (Durham), David Mason (County Archaeology Officer, Durham)

Project Description

A major archaeological project is currently seeking enthusiastic excavation students and volunteers to work in a part of the Roman frontier that includes Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. The Binchester Roman Fort Excavation Project is excavating the fort and expansive town near Durham, located in one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the world. Covered periods include the prehistoric and Iron Age, the Roman occupation, and the early Medieval period including the origins of Arthur's Britain. The project represents an international partnership between scholars at Stanford University (USA) and Durham University (UK). Field school students and volunteers will spend four weeks excavating, processing artifacts, and visiting key archaeological sites in this area of the Hadrian's Wall frontier zone.

For the first time, we will also be accepting applications from volunteers who wish to focus their efforts on pottery analysis. Days will be spent on site processing pottery fragments and in the lab developing the typology. All levels of analytical experience are welcome but, due to the limited amount of space in this program, we request that you describe your interest in ancient pottery in your application.

The cost of $4,500 (USD) covers housing in the Medieval town of Durham, all meals, archaeological instruction, and weekend field trips for the four week season. Flights and travel to Durham are not included. Academic accreditation is possible (see our website). To apply and learn more about the project, go to:

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age, Roman, Post-Roman

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks (shorter or longer lengths may be allowed depending on team numbers)

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

Overseas students will be based in a college in the medieval town of Durham right by the castle of the Prince Bishops and across the bailey from the cathedral, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe (and also the set for Hogwarts!).

Cost: $4,500 (US) for 4 weeks

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: Academic accreditation is possible (see our website and check with your university beforehand).

Contact Information
The Binchester Project
P.O. Box 70606
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone: 650 723 5731

Recommended Bibliography
Field School participants accepted into the program will receive a small reading list before the start of the season.

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