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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.

Important information: After serious deliberation and discussion, we have taken the difficult decision to run Bournemouth archaeological fieldwork in 2021 as a scaled back, Covid-secure project for staff and students of Bournemouth University only. Our concern for the safety and well-being of all participants is paramount and the health-risks of running an open archaeological excavation were considered to be too high at this time.

As a consequence, there will be no BU archaeological field school conducted in 2021, although we intend to run a double season through June and July 2022 and very much hope you can join us then.

We hope that you understand the circumstances that this decision was made and that our primary concern is for your well-being at this time. If there are any questions or queries, please email:​

The Durotriges Project

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.

Updates and information can be found on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow our video diary

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:

June - July 2022





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