The principal focus of the current Lincoln Archaeological Field School is the investigation of the medieval and later landscape of Harpsell, Lincolnshire.
Located approximately 12 miles north of the Roman city of Lincoln, Harpsell today is a small village featuring an early medieval church and other historic buildings set within the attractive English countryside. The church hints at the historic significance of Harpswell, the documentary evidence for which dates back to the 11th Century. Archaeological and other evidence, however, indicate that the area has a far longer and important history with evidence for Anglo-Saxon and Roman activity identified in the area.
In the Tudor period, the village was the site of an impressive manor house and formal garden complex known as Harpswell Hall. The hall and designed landscape surrounding it are preserved as a series of archaeological earthworks, the most striking elements of which include a prospect mound and a water-filled moat thought to have reused or adapted an earlier medieval manorial site.
The Lincoln Archaeological Field School seeks to answer key questions about this fascinating sire and reconstruct its largely unknown Roman, medieval and later history.