University of Bristol: Medieval Anarchy Archaeology Field School

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Location: Bristol, UK

Season: June 19, 2022 to July 2, 2022

Session Dates: June 19-July 2, 2022

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

University of Bristol

Project Director:
Dr. Stuart Prior

Project Description:

The summer school forms part of a five-year training and community research project based in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of the University of Bristol.

The site, located at Lower Hazel, is an integral part of the Hazel Anarchy Research Project (HARP). HARP aims to provide students with practical archaeological skills and experience within the context of the social dynamics of the Medieval Anarchy Period.

The primary focus is a T-shaped building with several rooms, possibly two construction phases, and several smaller stand-alone structures. Pottery and coins unearthed during early community excavations and an assessment of the structural remains date the surviving phase of the complex between the late 11th and mid- 12th century AD.

In addition, the site is in an area with a strong Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman presence, and it is anticipated that some finds will be from these periods.

Period(s) of Occupation: The Medieval Anarchy Period (1135-1153) was a time of rivalry, fear, faction and violence as Empress Matilda and Kind Stephen fought for the throne of England and Normandy. Churches were fortified and the peasantry suffered greatly as armies crisscrossed the country, ravaging estates and burning property in the first English Civil War. It has inspired writers, TV shows and movies. To date, archaeological research for this period has been focused on large fortifications and castles. Our site is therefore a unique opportunity for archaeological recording of the social dynamics between the rural population that supported the different parties.

This is a comprehensive offering and the program fee of £2795 (with a £100 discount for students who apply by April 1 2022) includes the following: All tuition, site-costs, excavation materials, and a transcript At least 8 days on site Transport to and from site as required Single-room accommodation in a University of Bristol residence Breakfast and evening meals, and packed lunches on site days Supportive student mentors to help with your questions and activities, on call 24-7 An exciting social program including weekend day trips Arrivals and departures day transfers within Bristol from the airport, coach or train stations

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None required as the field school includes full training and academic supervision, but it is recommended that participants be current undergraduate students undertaking degrees in aligned disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, conversation and, museum studies students. Participants should have completed at least 1 full year of university prior to the start of the program.

Room and Board Arrangements:
A single room in university accommodation, dedicated shuttle bus, most meals (with the exception of a few lunches) are all included in the fee.

Academic Credit:
10 University of Bristol credits, normally suggested as equivalent to 2.5-3 US semester credits.

Contact Information:

Alex Thompson

University of Bristol



United Kingdom

Phone: +44 117 455 6977

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