Topic ID #39050 - posted 12/13/2017 10:58 AM

UK- Pennycloddiau Archaeology Field School 2018


This UK field school is centred on student training, and offers a unique prehistoric excavation opportunity, from a spectacular hillfort location. At 21 hectares, Penycloddiau hillfort is one of the largest pre-Roman Iron Age sites in the UK, and the largest hillfort in the Wales. It is located on the Clwydian hill-range, in North Wales and at 440 meters above sea level, the site provides spectacular views over coastal western Britain. Our 2018 season will provide students with a solid understanding of the full range of practical skills involved in the archaeological process, to British professional standard. You will be working alongside the project directors in deconstructing and recording the prehistoric construction of the hillfort’s main rampart and investigating an earlier, Bronze Age phase of enclosure to achieve samples for radiocarbon dating. Through our excavations at Penycloddiau, we are discovering when and why prehistoric people first began to join together in these larger community-level groups. This is our final research season, and you will help us work out the stratigraphy of the hillfort architecture at Penycloddiau, and its meaning for the evolution of community organization, social change, and everyday life in prehistoric Britain and beyond.

·         Course Dates: July 15-August 11, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,270

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Rachel Pope FSA, Richard G. Mason


Accommodation will be in a local holiday cottage, or at a well-established camping/caravan park, just 12 minutes from site (4-star rating on TripAdvisor – facilities include hot showers, kitchen area, and access to a washing machines). Please bring a sleeping bag for bedding – and if you do wish to camp, a tent.

Meals will be communal, and we can cater for vegetarian diets. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Dinner will be served in the evenings at around 6.30 pm. There will be a rota for off-site communal-living tasks such as food preparation, washing-up, etc.


ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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