The Durotriges Project is an archaeological investigation studying the transition from the late Iron Age to the early Roman period in southern England. The fieldwork takes place within Dorset, a county of outstanding natural beauty and one of the best preserved archaeological landscapes in Britain. The project is run as a Bournemouth University summer field school by current students and experienced archaeologists.
The invasion of southern Britain by Rome is usually treated as if it was a single, dramatic event, with the Roman legions fighting a lengthy and bitter war of conquest. But was it really like this? The Durotriges Project is reconsidering the Iron Age to Roman transition through a detailed programme of field survey, geophysical investigation and targeted excavation. In the summer of 2009 excavation commenced (continuing in 2010 through to 2016), with the discovery of an enclosed late Iron Age 'banjo' settlement containing round houses, work surfaces, storage pits and the footings of a Roman masonry building.
If you've applied for one of our undergraduate or postgraduate degrees or simply have an interest and want to get involved, why not come and join our 'Big Dig' excavation?
Read more about the 2015 dig that uncovered the prehistoric town, the 2016 dig during which we found a late Iron Age cemetery and a late or post Roman farming settlement, consisting of five buildings and associated kilns and ovens, dating to the period AD 300–450, and the 2017 excavation which told us more about every day life.
Please note: You must be aged 16 or over to take part.
Next start date:
June/July 2018 (dates tbc)
Winterborne Kingston, Dorset
No formal qualifications are required to attend the field school, which has been designed for students and participants (aged 16 years or over) who wish to gain experience in archaeological field practice.