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Durotriges Project ‘Big Dig’ Field School

The Durotriges Project ‘Big Dig’ Field School is a Bournemouth University summer field school by current students and experienced archaeologists. The fieldwork takes place within Dorset, a county of outstanding natural beauty and one of the best-preserved archaeological landscapes in Britain. This year the project is based on the chalk hills above Winterborne Kingston, near Bere Regis in Dorset.

The Durotriges Project is studying the role that Dorset's ancient Iron Age societies played in networks of production, exchange and communication with the rest of Britain and the continent. Students from our range of archaeology courses are able to gain hands-on experience at a fascinating site examining prehistoric roundhouses, production areas and cemeteries, while anyone with an interest in archaeology, Dorset's history, or the project as a whole is welcome to join us for the excavation.

On the Winterborne Kingston site this year, we will be investigating more of the Iron Age town, comprising large numbers of roundhouses, working areas and storage pits, that existed in this part of Dorset just prior to the Roman invasion. In previous years, over 20 prehistoric houses and three cemeteries belonging to this settlement have been investigated, together with a wide range of later Roman and post Roman house structures, graves and agricultural features.

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Since 2018 the PLACE Field School has been Bournemouth University's primary training dig, but the Durotriges Project is taking over again for summer 2020.

If you've applied for one of our undergraduate or postgraduate degrees or simply have an interest and want to get involved, why not come and join our excavation?

Read more about the 2015 dig that uncovered the prehistoric town, the 2016 dig during which we found a late Iron Age cemetery and a late or post Roman farming settlement, consisting of five buildings and associated kilns and ovens, dating to the period AD 300–450, and the 2017 excavation which told us more about every day life.

Please note: You must be aged 16 or over to take part. Transport to and from Bournemouth University Talbot Campus each plus parking on Talbot Campus is included in the cost.  Further information, including essential kit, specific timings, and joining instructions, can be obtained by emailing

Key information

Next start date:

1st June - 3rd July 2020 (1st - 7th June BU students only)


Winterborne Kingston, Dorset


26 days

Entry requirements:

No formal qualifications are required to attend the field school, which has been designed for students and participants (aged 16 years or over) who wish to gain experience in archaeological field practice.

Course details