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May Bank Holiday Saturday 27th to Monday 29 May 2017. An Introduction to Archaeology: Field walking and test pitting on the site of a newly discovered Roman villa at Sittingbourne



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This May Bank Holiday weekend for we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are found. Field walking techniques will be tested in the field and  test pits dug to confirm the extent of the villa. Members £25 for the weekend (non-members £50)




May 29th to June 16th 2017 excavating at 'Villa B' at Oplontis next to Pompeii in Italy


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We will be spending three weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. The site offers a unique opportunity to dig on an iconic World Heritage Site in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Cost is £175 a week which does not include board or food but details of where to stay are available (Camping is 12EU a day and the adjacent hotel 50EU or Airbnb). Email Paul Wilkinson at info@swatarchaeology.co.uk for further details.

Please note Week One is for pot washing only with no fee- so come and sit in the Italian sunshine and wash 2000 year old amphora!



August 1st to August 20th 2017. The Investigation of a substantial Roman Building at Faversham in Kent


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Three weeks investigating a substantial Roman building to find out its form and function. This is an important Roman building and part of a larger Roman villa complex and may have its own harbour. One of the research questions we will be tackling is the buildings association with the adjacent tidal waterway . Cost for the day £10 (Members free)




August 7th to August 13th 2017. Training Week for Students on a Roman villa near Faversham in Kent


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It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning followed by excavation at a Roman villa near Faversham.

Topics taught each day are: Monday 7th August: Why dig?

Tuesday 8th August: Excavation Techniques

Wednesday 9th August: Site Survey

Thursday 10th August: Archaeological Recording

Friday 11th August: Pottery identification

Saturday and Sunday digging with the team

A free PDF copy of "Archaeology" 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 with free membership. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. For directions to the Field School see 'Where ' on this website. For camping nearby see 'accomodation'.




September 4th to 17th 2017. Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent



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An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The week is to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features located with aerial photography and Geophysical survey.
Members free non-members £10 a day

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