Pendle Hill Witches Project, United Kingdom – Institute for Field Research

Location: Preston , GB

Season: June 16, 2019 to July 20, 2019

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, Vanderbilt University

Project Director:
Dr. Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Project Description:

The trial and subsequent execution of ten alleged witches in 1612 is the most famous witchcraft event in English history. Scholars have long wrestled with issues surrounding witchcraft and magic, with the Pendle Hill story featuring prominently. Investigations have focused on multiple aspects of the social, economic, and political conditions of the early 17th century, but this is the first concerted effort to use anthropological archaeology to examine the material basis of witchcraft, the integration of traditional healers in society, and the material conditions of everyday life in Lancashire in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. In 2018, excavations revealed the possible remains of a house at Malkin Tower Farm, the long-assumed homesite of the famous family of witches. The excavation of this house site will continue in 2019 and hopefully reveal even more about the daily lives of England’s Early Modern healers.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical Archaeology

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements:
 Students will be housed on the grounds of an outdoor center. Lunch and dinner meals will be communal. Staff, with the assistance of students, will purchase food on a weekly basis, so special diets can be accommodated within reason. Vegetarians should have no difficulty meeting their dietary needs. Cost: Room and Board is included in the cost of the program.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credit credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,880.

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103

Los Angeles




Phone: 424-209-1173

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