Lincoln Archaeological Field School

The Lincoln Archaeological Field School is open to all UK or overseas students taking archaeology, anthropology or related degree programmes and who want accredited field work experience. The six week Field School provides training and tuition in archaeological methods and techniques, including: aspects of project management, excavation techniques, planning, recording, photography, surveying, geophysics, and finds and environmental processing. There are also opportunities to take part in public archaeology activities. The Field School is staffed by academic and professional archaeologists.

The majority of training is practical and will take place on site. This will be complimented by a number of workshops both on site and in the University's Archaeology Lab. Assessment is through the compilation of a reflective field work journal / diary.

The primary research objective of the Lincoln Archaeological Field School is the investigation of the early medieval and later landscape of Harpswell, Lincolnshire. Excavation is seasonally based and takes place a few miles north of the historic city of Lincoln. Bishop Grosseteste University has an impressive track record of delivering successful field schools, having previously excavated the Roman villa and bath-house of Sudbrooke, as well as the significant Roman and medieval roadside settlement in the suburbs of Lincoln, part of which actually underlie the University campus itself.

The Field School provides training and tuition for up to 14 students each year. Self-catering accommodation for students can also be provided at the University's Halls of Residence.

The Lincoln Archaeological Field School is open to all UK or overseas students taking archaeology or related degree programmes and who want accredited field work experience. During 2016 the Field School will run from Monday 20 June to Friday 29 July.

The Field School takes place over a period of six weeks and is primarily excavation-based. There will also be opportunities for students to participate in a geophysical survey and lab-based processing of artefacts and environmental material. Tuition will be a mix of formal lectures and workshops supported by on-site training in practical skills. Students are further supported with study materials delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment.

The Field School will take up to 14 external students during 2016 and will be joined by the University's own undergraduate and postgraduate students. In addition, a number of the University's Archaeology students will be present to support and deliver a range of public, school and community activities. A small number of volunteers will also participate.

During the 2016 season, Field School students will be given formal tuition in the following activities:

  • Archaeological project management including health and safety
  • Geophysical site survey techniques
  • Excavation strategy and decision making
  • Stratigraphic (single-context) recording systems
  • Completing archaeological context descriptions
  • Plan and section drawing
  • Surveying and levelling (including DGPS survey)
  • Archaeological photography
  • Processing and recording archaeological artefacts, including basic conservation methods
  • Processing environmental archaeological samples, including flotation sieving
  • Introduction to the post-excavation process

Students who successfully fulfil the attendance requirement and complete the required assessment tasks can accumulate academic credit at the following level:

  • 20 UK CATS credits, equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 5 US credits.

The required assessment task includes the compilation of an Excavation Field Journal which will form a daily account of training delivered and skills attained, augmented with a critically reflective commentary. Students will be given formative feedback on the progress of their Field Journal during the course of the excavation.

Self-catering accommodation is optionally available in the University's student halls of residence at an additional cost of approximately £750 for 41 nights. The halls of residence provide individual bedrooms with a shared communal space and cooking facilities. The University's on-campus food outlet, Refectory, will also be open for part of the summer period. The campus has full Wi-Fi connectivity to which all enrolled students have access. The University is located in the desirable uphill district of Lincoln, just a short five minutes walk from the castle and Cathedral,  as well as a number of restaurants, food outlets and shops.

Volunteers are also very welcome to join the excavation for any period of one or more weeks between the weeks commencing Monday 27 June through to Monday 22 July. All volunteers will receive basic tuition in excavation and recording methods. Cost for volunteers is £200 per week which will include basic on-site tuition but please note that accommodation and academic credits are not included.

 During 2016, the Field School will have places for a maximum of 12 volunteers per week.

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.

Students wishing to join the Field School should email Dr Duncan Wright in order to receive a joining and information pack along with an application form.

Completed application forms should be returned to the following address:

Dr Duncan Wright - Archaeology Department
Bishop Grosseteste University
Longdales Road 
LN1 3DY 

Applications must be returned to the University no later than Friday 6 May 2016. Late applications may be considered if places are still available. 

Once accepted onto the Field School, the payment of fees (including a non-returnable deposit) should be made immediately in order to secure your place. The student fee for the 2016 Field School (including all tuition, training and examination fees but not including accommodation) is £1,750.

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