Udig: Stanwick Hall

Location: Stanwick Hall, Stanwick, Northamptonshire, NN9 6QY, United Kingdom

Season: May 4, 2024 to September 20, 2024

Session Dates: See website

Application Deadline: September 14, 2024

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Discount for AIA members: Could be negotiated

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Project Director:
Derek Roberts BSc (HONS) ACIFA

Project Description:

Over the next three to five years Udig Archaeology Limited will be exploring the archaeologically rich landscape around Stanwick on the edge of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. It is offering opportunities to take part in the research excavations, with training from experts in all aspects of excavation, recording and finds processing.

In Stanwick Hall’s parkland earthworks show possible building platforms as well as medieval ridge and furrow crossed by later trackways. Archaeological trial trenching in 2006, as part of the Rockingham Forest Project and later excavations by Pre-Develop Archaeology in 2021, found pits, ditches, robber-trenches, stone walls and wall-trenches, post holes, and floors – evidence of continual occupation on the site from at least the late Saxon period through to the 18th and 19th centuries.

This evidence is starting to suggest that the village of Stanwick shrank over the centuries, leaving abandoned tenement plots along a previously significant route leading south out of the village and then west toward the area of Stanwick Lakes. Here excavations have found prehistoric long barrows and burial mounds, an opulent Roman villa, and the deserted settlement of West Cotton. Clearly this is a landscape with great time depth which offers great potential for further significant discoveries.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mid-late Saxon Saxo-Norman Early - late post-medieval

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: It is recommended that week slots are booked for a better learning experience

Minimum Age: 8 years

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Free Camping. 3 x meals a day. Hotel Rooms (limited Availability) single and twin Sleeping Pods with on-suit shower and toilet (limited availability) See Website

Academic Credit:
We give participants a Skills Passport. Universities could be contacted to allow certain training elements to be undertaken to achieve Academic Credits.

Contact Information:

Derek Roberts (Director of Excavations)






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