UK: Penycloddiau Hillfort 2018 field school – Open for Enrollment

Location: , US

Season: July 15, 2018 to August 11, 2018

Application Deadline: May 30, 2018

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, English Heritage, University of Liverpool

Project Director:
Dr. Rachel Pope, Dr. Richard Mason

Project Description:

This UK field school is centred on student training, and offers a unique prehistoric excavation opportunity, from a spectacular hillfort location. At 21 hectares, Penycloddiau hillfort is one of the largest pre-Roman Iron Age sites in the UK, and the largest hillfort in the Wales. It is located on the Clwydian hill-range, in North Wales and at 440 meters above sea level, the site provides spectacular views over coastal western Britain. Our 2018 season will provide students with a solid understanding of the full range of practical skills involved in the archaeological process, to British professional standard. You will be working alongside the project directors in deconstructing and recording the prehistoric construction of the hillfort’s main rampart and investigating an earlier, Bronze Age phase of enclosure to achieve samples for radiocarbon dating. Through our excavations at Penycloddiau, we are discovering when and why prehistoric people first began to join together in these larger community-level groups. This is our final research season, and you will help us work out the stratigraphy of the hillfort architecture at Penycloddiau, and its meaning for the evolution of community organization, social change, and everyday life in prehistoric Britain and beyond.

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation will be in a local holiday cottage, or at a well-established camping/caravan park, just 12 minutes from site (4-star rating on TripAdvisor – facilities include hot showers, kitchen area, and access to a washing machines). Please bring a sleeping bag for bedding – and if you do wish to camp, a tent. Meals will be communal, and we can cater for vegetarian diets. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Dinner will be served in the evenings at around 6.30 pm. There will be a rota for off-site communal-living tasks such as food preparation, washing-up, etc. Cost: Room and board is included in the cost of the field school.

Academic Credit:
8 semester credits credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,270.

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103

Los Angeles




Phone: 424-209-1173

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