This listing expired on May 31, 2014. Please contact for any updated information.
Binchester Roman Fort Excavation Project

Location: Durham, United Kingdom

June 29, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



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: 

Experience required: 

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!).

$4,500 (US) for 4 weeks

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Academic accreditation is possible (see our website and check with your university beforehand).
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
650 723 5731
Recommended Bibliography:
Field School participants accepted into the program will receive a small reading list before the start of the season.