Topic ID #30406 - posted 12/17/2013 3:43 PM

UK- Penycloddiau Field School





Dates: July 20 - August 16, 2014

Project Description: The site of Penycloddiau is the second largest hillfort in Wales.  Previous work in the region suggests that the large contour types – like Penycloddiau – may be the earlier of the two hillfort types.  As a result, our excavations are seeking to date the very origins of the hillfort in western Britain.  Through our excavations at Penycloddiau, we intend to discover when and why people first began to join together in these very large community-level groups, investigating this through the excavation of the social architecture itself.  The 2014 season will focus on the ditch and outer rampart area, to enable us to dig the construction sequence of the hillfort and to investigate whether the late farm track utilized an earlier gap in the monument is the original hillfort entrance. We also plan to open a new trench (Area 3) across an associated Iron Age roundhouse – so that we can understand the everyday life of those living inside the hillfort. 


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $4,750; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: Students will live in relative comfort in an outdoor center in the picturesque village of Burwardsley, Cheshire. We have a well-equipped kitchen, modest communal space, indoor toilets, showers, shared washing facilities, an outdoor seating area, and a campfire in the woods. Sleeping is in shared, single-sex bunk rooms. There is not a lot of room for storage and we request that you only bring one item of luggage, as space is restricted. Bedding is not provided, so please bring a sleeping bag. There is lots of outdoor space for tents, and camping is recommended for those valuing their own privacy and personal space. There is a washing machine which will be available for use on our days off.  

Meals: All meals will be communal and our dig chef can cater for vegetarian, vegan, and kosher diets, as well as wheat and lactose intolerance, and nut allergies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. 

Travel Information: Students should rendezvous outside the University of Liverpool’s Department of Archaeology on Sunday July 20th at 12 noon. Whether you are arriving at Heathrow, Manchester, or Liverpool airports, you can take the train to Liverpool Lime Street train station (click here for train times and book tickets). The Department is just 0.5 miles from the train station in the Hartley Building (No. 201 on the campus map).

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: While some countries impose minimum passport validity for arriving passengers, there is no such requirement for the United Kingdom. US citizens seeking entry are required to present a valid passport.  For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in the UK, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Rachel Pope, University of Liverpool (


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