Location: Bere Regis, Dorset, United Kingdom
In 2010 and 2011, the Dig was featured on the BBC's new series 'Digging for Britain’, hosted by TV scientist Dr Alice Roberts. See highlights on YouTube. Dr Miles Russell from the School of Applied Sciences explains why the BBC was interested in the dig: “They were looking for current projects producing exciting results that challenged the accepted view of life in the past.”
The project certainly did yield interesting results. Archaeological evidence showed natives living in the area during this period were thriving on Spanish wine, olive oil and other Mediterranean goods introduced to Dorset by the Romans. Miles explains why this is so revealing: “Traditionally this is viewed as a time of conflict; the Roman army forcing its way across Dorset, the native Britons conducting a brave but ultimately futile resistance, large numbers dying in the process. Whoever lived here saw Rome as a good thing and was already part of a long distance trade network before Rome invaded Britain. This, of course, flies in the face of the traditional and rather entrenched view of native relations.”
Period(s) of Occupation: This project is reconsidering the Iron Age to Roman transition
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: We would recommend that you attend for a minimum of two weeks to expect to undertake some or all of the activities
Room and Board Arrangements
We are not able to provide accommodation for the dig. However, we are able to provide a list of accommodation available in the area. Please mention this when you contact us and we can arrange to send it to you.
Please note: Daily transport from Bournemouth University is provided.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none