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Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK
Season: August 22, 2022 to September 2, 2022
Session Dates: Week 1: 21/08/2022 - 26/08/2022 Week 2: 28/08/2022 - 02/08/2022
Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
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.
Our excavations are taking place on a landscape littered with prehistoric enclosures and ring ditches near Bury St Edmunds, UK. The summer of 2021 marked the breaking of ground on this long-term research project. Four exploratory trenches were dug among a landscape filled with prehistoric enclosures close to Bury St Edmunds. Within the trenches our team of archaeologists and volunteers investigated a cluster of large ring ditches that had been revealed through extensive geophysical survey, and thought to be either evidence of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery or enclosure ditches to a settlement. Our first season of archaeological work aimed to characterise these ancient monuments through dateable evidence, and in doing so we learned that these ring ditches were likely associated with both prehistoric settlement, possibly acting as enclosures around houses, and barrow cemeteries.
Our 2022 season aims to further explore the features and monuments examined last year to achieve a more concrete understanding of their purpose and contribute to the wider discussion around Bronze Age settlement in Suffolk and Prehistoric Britain. We are also pleased to welcome back volunteers to become involved again in this exciting project!
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 at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/prehistoric-suffolk-2022. 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:
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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: £400
For both weeks: £750
Flights are not included. Accommodation is not included, however you are welcome to camp on our campsite for an added £50 (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: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 Week
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: None
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