Lincoln International Archaeological Field School

Location: Lincoln, United Kingdom

June 19, 2017 to July 15, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon booklet_2017.pdf

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 open to all students taking history, archaeology, anthropology or related degree programmes who wish to gain fully accredited fieldwork experience. During 2017 the Field School will run from 19th June to 15th July.

The Field School takes place over a period of four weeks, working Monday to Friday each week. The experience is primarily excavation-based but there will also be opportunities to participate in geophysical survey activity and lab-based processing of artefacts and environmental material. Tuition will be a mixture of on-site training in practical skills, supported by formal lectures and workshops, all delivered by experienced academic and professional archaeologists.

The Field School will accept a limited number of external students during 2017, who will join Bishop Grosseteste’s own undergraduate and postgraduate students in project activities. In addition, a small number of volunteers will be present to support and deliver a range of public and community activities, and help to run the Open Day, which this year coincides with the UK-wide Festival of Archaeology on 15th July. 


Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval high-status site

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Four Weeks

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

Accommodation is available optionally in Bishop Grosseteste’s Halls of residence at an additional cost of £510 for 29 nights self-catering accommodation (check-in on Sunday 18th June, check-out on Monday 17th 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 accommodation is 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 20-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 2017 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.