Each year our international team of academics, students, volunteers and support staff combine to conduct exciting fieldwork that helps reveal and better understand the prehistory of southern Britain, solving many unanswered questions and framing new ones
This year fieldwork will be continuing on the Durotriges Project, a programme of archaeological investigation examining Iron Age Dorset and the nature of interaction between the local Durotriges tribe and the wider Roman Empire. The research project, which began in 2009, has investigated a series of Bronze and Iron Age farmsteads, an Iron Age town, three Iron Age cemeteries, a Late Roman Villa and burial ground and a post Roman settlement.
Download the extensive article, 'Finding Duropolis' (pdf 2.3mb), from Current Archaeology magazine to learn about the project's full history.
Students from our range of archaeology courses are able to gain vital hands-on experience at a series of important and fascinating sites, while those with an interest in archaeology, Dorset's history, or the project as a whole, are welcome to join us.
At the Durotriges Project site this year, we hope to investigate an Iron Age banjo enclosure (a large enclosed farm), gaining an insight into settlement, manufacturing activity and burial in the period immediately before the arrival of the Roman legions in AD 43. Updates and information can be found on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts
See the latest from this year's dig
Katie and Martha discover a sheep burial at the bottom of their Iron Age pit #Durotriges22 pic.twitter.com/WzOyAvgtke— Durotriges Project (@Durotrigesdig) June 30, 2022
Want to know what it's like looking up from the bottom of an Iron Age pit ?— Durotriges Project (@Durotrigesdig) June 30, 2022
Don't say we didn't warn you#Durotriges22 pic.twitter.com/bOIceEPuL0
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Students on the following degrees participate in this summer field school as part of their course:
BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology
BSc (Hons) Archaeological, Anthropological and Forensic Sciences