Poulton Research Project

This listing expired on August 12, 2018. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: Chester, CHS, GB

Season: June 25, 2018 to August 24, 2018

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Registered Charity Number 1094552

Project Director:
Kevin Cootes

Project Description:

The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of the historic Roman city of Chester. Excavations have produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, revealing the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials. Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered in North-West Britain. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of ceramics, metal and building material. The Poulton Project offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age and Roman features and the medieval chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses. The dates for the 2018 season June 25th-August 24th. Student fees are as follows: £200 for one week course. £400 for two week course. Discounts are available for booking three, four and more weeks. Please note that no accommodation is offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally. Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided. The courses are designed as an introduction to excavation techniques, plan and section drawing, context recording, photography, finds processing and surveying. Deposit required when booking. Minimum two week booking required for skeletal excavation.

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age, Roman and Medieval.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks for Skeletal Excavation. One week for Iron Age/Roman.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience is require. The field courses specialise in training individuals at all levels of experience.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Room and board are not provided but there are multiple affordable accommodation options with the general area. Students will be given assistance in locating suitable accommodation.  Cost: £200 per week. £400 for a two week skeleton course. Discounts are available for bookings over two weeks.

Contact Information:

Kevin Cootes

c/o 17 Canadian Avenue




United Kingdom

Phone: 4.47741E+11

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