Lincoln Archaeological Field School 2018

Location: Lincoln, United Kingdom

June 11, 2018 to July 7, 2018

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



School of Humanities Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Project Director:

Dr Duncan Wright

Project Description

The Lincoln Archaeological Field School is a university-based training excavation which offers you the chance to gain fully-transferable academic credit at the same time as learning the key skills of archaeological fieldwork. The 2018 season will run from 11th June to 7th July and is now accepting applications. Based in the stunning historic city of Lincoln, England, you will have the chance to experience layers of history both on and off site. This year the Field School will excavate a multi-phase archaeological site, with evidence for prehistoric, Roman and medieval activity. All training on the Field School is provided by qualified and highly experienced staff, with teaching delivered through a combination of practical on-site training as well as lectures and workshops. 

The Field School offers you the chance to gain fully transferable academic credits, and is worth 5 US credits (or 10 ECTS or 20 UK credits). Credits will be awarded on completion of a fieldwork assignment, set at the beginning of the Field School. If you choose to earn credits, you will receive academic supervision and also be given access to our Digital Learning Environment, as well as the university’s well-resourced library and other facilities.

As archaeological excavation can be tough work, we operate a very civilized Monday to Friday working week. Having the weekend not only gives you time to rest but also offers you the perfect opportunity to explore Lincoln and beyond during your time with us!

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric Roman Medieval

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One week

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No previous experience required for participation as all training provided. Students requiring academic credits must be registered at a recognised university studying a relevant subject such as anthropology, archaeology, etc.

Room and Board Arrangements

Optional self-catering accommodation during your attendance on the Field School is available in Bishop Grosseteste’s Halls dormitories at an additional cost (check-in on Sunday 10th June, check-out on Monday 9th July). Located in the historic heart of Roman and medieval Lincoln, the accommodation comprises individual bedrooms around a shared cooking and living space. The University’s dormitories are all located in the uphill district of Lincoln with a number of restaurants, food outlets and other shops within a few minutes’ walk. Transport will be provided each day between the University and the excavation site, which is a 25-minute bus ride from Lincoln.

Fee for training, supervision and credit assessment and award: £1500.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
School of Humanities Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, UK
Number of credits offered 20 UK CATS credits, equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 5 US credits (subject to approval for transfer from your host institution)
During the 2018 season Field School students will be given formal tuition in the following activities: Archaeological project management including health and safety Geophysical site survey techniques Excavation strategy and decision making Stratigraphic (single-context) recording systems Completing archaeological context descriptions Plan and section drawing Surveying and levelling (including DGPS survey) Archaeological photography Processing and recording archaeological artefacts, including basic conservation methods Processing environmental archaeological samples, including flotation sieving Introduction to the post-excavation process


Contact Information
Dr Duncan Wright
School of Humanities, Bishop Grosseteste University
United Kingdom
+44 1522 583774
Recommended Bibliography: 

Barker, P.A. (1993) 3rd edition. Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. London: Routledge.

Greene, K. (2010) 5th edition.  Archaeology: An Introduction. London: Routledge.

Jones, M.J., (2002) Roman Lincoln: Conquest, Colony & Capital. Stroud: The History Press Ltd.

Roskams, S. (2000) Excavation (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology). Cambridge: CUP.

Spence, C. (ed.), (1990/1993) Archaeological Site Manual. London: Museum of London.