Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK
Season: September 3, 2023 to September 30, 2023
Session Dates: Week 1: 03/09/2023 - 09/09/2023 Week 2: 10/09/2023 - 16/09/2023 Week 3: 17/09/23 - 23/09/23 Week 4: 24/09/23 - 30/09/23
Application Deadline: August 31, 2023
Deadline Type: Exact Date
Past to Present Archaeology
The West Suffolk Prehistoric Landscape Project is Past to Present Archaeology’s newest research initiative, focusing on investigating the peoples of the Bronze Age in Western Suffolk, United Kingdom. Currently, little evidence exists to help archaeologists understand Bronze Age migration and settlement in the region, and we want you to help us discover how Bronze Age communities lived, farmed, produced tools and items for everyday use, and buried their dead.
For the past two years we have been excavating one of the sites many ring ditches to better understand the nature, extent and function of the feature. In addition to excavation we undertook OSL (courtesy of Dr Andy Carr, University of Leicester) dating to provide more concrete chronology to the archaeology. The project was supported by community members as part of this growing crowd funded research project. Last season, multiple pits and postholes were found to be present within our targeted ring ditch. The site was found to have multiple occupation layers spanning from the Late Mesolithic through to the Bronze Age identified by hundreds of lithic artefacts and a small pottery assemblage. Two cremations were also discovered, one of which was excavated and is currently being analysed, and the other has been covered for a future excavation season. OSL dates suggest a date of 1300 BC for our study ring ditch, which places this monument in the Middle Bronze Age.
We are looking for participants to help crowdfund our research, and to take part in our excavations to help characterise the extensive archaeology. As you know, running archaeological research projects can be a very expensive exercise, so if you aren’t able to participate, but would still like to support our project, you can help support us by donating to our crowdfund page, which is available on our website. All money donated will be reinvested into the project and help cover costs of running the excavations and processing the results and archives.
You will receive archaeological training and instruction in:
Additional Project Activities and Events
Catering and Board
Period(s) of Occupation: The Bronze Age in Britain began in roughly 2400 BC, and continued up until 800 BC. It was a time of significant change across the country; the advent of metalworking saw an increased use of copper and bronze tools which would ultimately replace the stone tools used by their forebears, alongside the flourishing of new ‘Beaker’ pottery and changes in burial practice towards interring individuals with rich grave assemblages. The Bronze Age saw significant growth in agriculture and settlement, with sites such as Flag Fen, Must Farm, Avebury, Silbury Hill and most famously Stonehenge, whose iconic circle of sarsen and blue stones was first erected around 2500 BC in the centre of a previous Neolithic monument and continued to undergo rearrangement over the next several centuries.
For 1 Week: £450
For 2 weeks: £850
For 3 weeks: £1200
For 4 weeks: £1500
Flights are not included. Accommodation is not included, however you are welcome to camp on our campsite for an added £25 (you must bring your own tent with you). Campsite includes: Toilet, shower and cooking facilities.
Bookings for both the excavation and camping can be made via our website: https://pasttopresent.org/experiences/?v=79cba1185463
Project Size: 50+ participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
Please refer to Notes above
We will sign Archaeological Skills Passports
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