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.

Durotriges Project website

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

Discover our finds, year by year


In 2018, we excavated a medieval salt working complex, a roman pottery kiln and numerous workshops. late Iron Age farmstead, digging up a variety of...


In 2017, we targeted our excavations on a late Iron Age farmstead, digging up a variety of finds, including evidence of early industrialisation.


Finds from 2016 included a late- or post-Roman farming settlement – rare in archaeological record, and dating to the period AD 300–450.


The results from our 2015 work were greater than we could ever have hoped for, with the footprints of at least 16 discrete buildings revealed.


A number of finds grabbed headlines in 2014, including the discovery of a Roman villa and adjacent cemetery.

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Related courses

Students on the following degrees participate in this summer field school as part of their course:

BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology

BA/BSc (Hons) Archaeology

BSc (Hons) Archaeological, Anthropological and Forensic Sciences

MSc Bioarchaeology

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