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
Students will live in relative comfort in an outdoor centre in the picturesque village of Burwardsley, Cheshire. We have a well-equipped kitchen, modest communal space, indoor toilets, showers, and shared washing facilities, an outdoor seating area, and a campfire in the woods. Sleeping is in shared, single-sex bunk rooms. There is not a lot of room for storage and we request that you only bring one item of luggage, as space is restricted. Bedding is not provided, so please also bring a sleeping bag. There is lots of outdoor space for tents, and camping is recommended for those valuing their own privacy and personal space. There is a washing machine which will be available for use on our days off.
All meals will be communal and in the past, our dig chef has catered for vegetarian, vegan, and kosher diets, as well as wheat and lactose intolerance, and nut allergies. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Dinner will be served in the evenings at around 6.30 pm. There will be a rota for off-site communal-living tasks such as washing-up, preparing breakfast, cleaning, etc.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.
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.