The PLACE 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 in Purbeck, on the edge of Poole Harbour.
On the Purbeck site this year, we hope to gain insight into how harbourside communities developed over time and how those groups and individuals related to wider maritime connectivity and historical changes.
The PLACE project is an archaeological investigation studying the the role that Dorset's ancient and historic communities played in networks of production, exchange and communication with the rest of Britain and the continent. The project runs annually as a summer field school alongside the PAST skills training programme. Students from our range of archaeology courses are able to gain hands-on experience at a fascinating site, while anyone with an interest in archaeology, Dorset's history, or the project as a whole is welcome to join us for the excavation.
PLACE and PAST together constitute a new incarnation of what was in previous years known as Durotriges The Big Dig.
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.
Next start date:
3 June - 5 July 2019 (with the open day on 7 July)
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.