The West Suffolk Prehistoric Landscape Project

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Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK

Season: August 22, 2022 to September 2, 2022

Session Dates: Week 1: 22/08/2022 - 26/08/2022 Week 2: 29/08/2022 - 02/08/2022

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Past to Present Archaeology

Project Director:
Rupert Birtwistle

Project Description:

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. 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, ring ditches and Roman forts near Bury St Edmunds. This year, it is our aim to evaluate and uncover dating evidence to characterise these ancient monuments, in preparation for full open area excavation next year.

We are looking for participants to help crowdfund our research, and to take part in our excavation to help characterise the extensive archaeology. 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:

On our field school, you will have the fantastic opportunity to:

  • Enjoy excavating test pits and evaluation trenches in our Roman enclosure and prehistoric ring ditch sites
  • Understand how to interpret your area and record archaeological contexts
  • Take publication quality photographs
  • Learn how to draw archaeological plans and sections
  • Undertake archaeological survey
  • Discover how to retrieve, process and store artefacts

There will be a weekly evening lecture and group visit to the local pub for some grub. There will also be an opportunity to receive some training in prehistoric flintworking.

An optional talk and workshop for anyone interested in funerary archaeology and bodies is available on Week 2.

Bookings can be made via our website:

Period(s) of Occupation: The Bronze Age in Britain began around 2500 B.C. It was marked by the use of copper, and then bronze, by the prehistoric people, who used such metals to fashion tools. In this period, increased agricultural practices were adopted by local communities and the making of pottery became widespread. During the Bronze Age, large megalithic monuments and settlements were constructed at the sites of Avebury, Silbury Hill, Flag Fen, Must Farm, and more famously, Stonehenge. The evidence we have from these sites, shows an increase in ceremonial practices in this period, with elaborately decorated burials and extensive ritual landscapes.

For 1 Week: $550.00

For both weeks: $830.00

Flights are not included. Accommodation is not included, however you are welcome to camp on our campsite for an added £50 upon arrival (you must bring your own tent with you). Campsite includes: Toilet, shower and cooking facilities.

Bookings can be made via our website:

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 Week

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Please refer to Notes above

Contact Information:

Rupert Birtwistle

4 Gedling Street, Suite 80, Unit 6 Sneinton Market




United Kingdom

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