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FIELDSCHOOL MODULE AND EXPERIENCE

OPTIONS 2015
As part of the Diploma, all students are required to complete a fieldschool
module involving one week of excavation experience (or related
experience as agreed by the fieldwork co-ordinator – Richard Thomas
[rmt12@le.ac.uk]).
To meet this requirement you have two options:

Either take part in the University of Leicester’s Bradgate Park
(AR2560) OR Mohegan Fieldschools (AR2562);
Or find an excavation/fieldschool with another institution (‘a selforganised fieldschool’) (AR2550)†.

†Please note that two additional fieldschools are currently being planned
by SAAH staff (as of January 2015) and will be advertised in the coming
months.
In addition to the compulsory Fieldschool module at level 2, all BA
ARCHAEOLOGY students are required to complete a further four weeks,
non-assessed (‘experience only’) fieldwork before they can graduate. This
field experience can be gained at any approved field project, anywhere in
the world.
Below you will find detailed information about the two SAAH fieldschools
(AR2560, AR2562), information on self-organised fieldschools (AR2550)
and what is required for ‘experience only’.

The Bradgate Park Fieldschool, UK (AR2560)
Background
This year the University of Leicester is beginning a new five-year field
school project into the history and landscape of Bradgate Park in
Leicestershire, England. Bradgate Park is located 4km north-west of the
City of Leicester and covers an 830-acre area, through which the River Lin
flows (http://bradgatepark.org/). This upland landscape is currently used
as a popular recreational park and attracts c. 400,000 visitors per annum.
The landscape is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
and is described by Natural England as “one of the finest remaining
examples of ancient parkland in Leicestershire” containing some of the
“last remaining fragments of wet heathland in the County”.
The park is first documented in 1241 (as a deer park) and is known
primarily as the location of one of the first unfortified brick-built
aristocratic houses in England (c. 1520), which was later the birth place of
Lady Jane Grey: the ‘nine days queen’. However, recent excavations of a
known late Upper Palaeolithic open site situated atop the north spur of a
gorge overlooking the River Lin has revealed an in situ stone tool

Activities will include survey. recover associated environmental evidence from the moat. Many of these earthworks appear prehistoric in date and include terracing and a ditched enclosure. excavation and recording techniques and finds and environmental work. Staff from both the School of Archaeology and University of Leicester Archaeological Service will undertake teaching and supervision on site: the excavations are co-directed by Dr Richard Thomas (University of Leicester) and James Harvey (University of Leicester Archaeological Services). The field school will involve examination of multiple areas within the park to critically evaluate previous assumptions and generate new understandings about the occupation. It is traditionally stated that this site is the location of the ‘keepers lodge’. Additional trenches will be placed across a medieval moated site located adjacent to Bradgate House.assemblage consistent with Creswellian activity. and assess the damage caused by bracken to the underlying archaeology. which suggests that human occupation and interaction with the landscape has a longer history than previously recognised. excavation will (permissions pending) focus upon the courtyard and area immediately south of Bradgate House to establish the form. This is one of only three sites in the UK dated to this period and is thus of national and international significance. A significant further element of the project is to engage the public and school groups in archaeological fieldwork and the medieval and early . which have served to limit opportunities for archaeological research. identified over 250 potential earthwork sites not documented within official records. use and development of an upland landscape across a period of almost 13. This investigation will improve knowledge of the development of the manorial estate in the region as well as assist in understanding the threats posed by bracken to the archaeology of the park. there are no documented antiquarian and archaeological excavations prior to the 21st century. You will also receive instruction on the correct use of archaeological tools and equipment. A LiDAR and subsequent walkover survey of the park conducted in 2014. The fieldwork will also provide an opportunity for training for Archaeology students from the University of Leicester and continues a longer-term programme aimed at enhancing community involvement in the understanding and presentation of important regional monuments for the benefit of the wider public. The aim of these excavations are to establish the date. This is most likely due to a combination of land-use and a lack of construction activity. tenants and servants in Tudor and Stewart England. function and date of identified structural remains and recover material culture and biological evidence to characterise the living standards of an aristocratic family. LiDAR and geophysical survey has identified the presence of a large stone building. function and layout of the stone building and the presence of any ancillary buildings. In the first season.000 years. Despite the prominence of standing buildings and prehistoric and historic earthworks within the Park. however.

If you wish to travel by car each day please inform Dr Thomas via email (rmt12@le. you are welcome to stay for two or three weeks if you want to complete some of your ‘experience only’ weeks at Bradgate Park (see below for more details).00 pm. strong work boots. Students should expect to take it in turns to answer questions about the project in order to inform the many visitors to the site. Registration If you wish to complete your fieldschool module by attending the Bradgate Park excavations then please specify which week you wish to attend as soon as possible as overall numbers on the projects are capped.26th June (10-15 places) Week 2: 29th June . waterproofs. as soon as possible. The Bradgate Park working week runs from Monday through to Friday. You should also be sure not to leave any valuables in the car. Accommodation and working routine You will need to arrange your own accommodation for the week but we can provide some contact information on hotels.10th July (10-15 places) Of course.modern periods through tours and temporary displays. hat and plenty of drinking water. You must bring your own trowel.15-5.15. There are toilets on site and by the car park at the entrance to the site. a notebook and pen. in confidence. If travelling independently by car. Daily work will be from c. Long trousers and long socks are necessary because of the potential presence of deer ticks. camera.3rd July (10-15 places) Week 3: 6th July . sun cream.uk) in advance. You are welcome to book accommodation close to the excavations but if you do you must have your own transport as it is set in a rural location with few transport links. ** If you have any health or medical issues. there is a car park at the entrance to the site but parking costs £4 per day.ac. it is essential that you contact Richard Thomas. In order .9. Dates for the 2015 season: You should register for at least ONE of the following weeks: Week 1: 22nd June . Students who are staying on or near campus can join the Departmental coach that will leave from outside the Charles Wilson building (on the main University campus) each morning at 9. which should be noted. You will need to bring your own lunch. B&Bs and university accommodation within Leicester.

uk) for the proper contact information for the dormitories. now in its 19th year. In doing so. We recommend that you arrange to stay in the Connecticut College dormitories. The Dates for the 2015 season: You should register for ONE of the following weeks: Week 1: 22nd-26th June Week 2: 13th-17th July Accommodation and working routine Students enrolled in AR2560 will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the week. Connecticut (established in 1671). students will learn the basics of archaeological fieldwork. . You must submit both elements of the assessment and satisfy the fieldwork terms to complete this module.ac. The Mohegan Fieldschool. As part of the process of investigating present and former tribal lands. USA (AR2562) Background The University of Leicester and the federally recognized Mohegan Tribe are working together to study archaeological sites on the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville. the Mohegan Archaeological Fieldschool engages in archaeological research at preEuropean sites as well as early historic sites and reservation-era sites. Assessment For this level 2 module you are expected to submit two pieces of work for formal assessment: a portfolio and an essay. The Mohegan Fieldschool. you will be joining the June intake for this module. works under the direct supervision of Dr Craig Cipolla (University of Leicester) and staff members of the Mohegan Archaeology Department as authorized by the Mohegan Council of Elders. from survey and testing to more intensive excavation methods and interpretation. You will be provided with further details of these on registering for the module.to attend Bradgate Park you must have formally registered to take the module by 1st May 2015. or land that is of historic importance to the tribe. During the course. Most of the course is comprised of archaeological fieldwork at Mohegan sites. Please contact Craig Cipolla (cc363@le. You are also responsible for daily transport to the site.

wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. and reusable lunch bags and Tupperware (everyone should bring their lunch and a healthy supply of water). You may also want to invest in a cheap pair of sunglasses. we will do our best to avoid these problems. bug spray (I recommend Deep Woods Off with DEET). but you can read more about Lyme disease here: http://www. in confidence. plus some actual fieldwork. it is essential that you contact Dr Craig Cipolla. hiking boots. (On rain-days we will work in the Mohegan archaeological laboratories washing and sorting artefacts. sunscreen. Daily work runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Assessment For this level 2 module you are expected to submit two pieces of work for formal assessment: a portfolio and an essay.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page. this will get dirty Pointed archaeology trowel: I recommend a wooden Marshalltown like this: http://www.) This means that you should come prepared to work outdoors every day. Please contact Craig Cipolla if you plan on driving to the site with your own vehicle. Since we will be working in the woods. We will work in the field almost every day. notes.asp?mi=3159 Retractable metric measuring tape Metal-edged ruler (metric) ** If you have any health or medical issues. You will be provided with . We will discuss these issues further once we all arrive. poison ivy and Lyme disease (transmitted by deer ticks) are two very real dangers. I recommend wearing long pants. some poison ivy wash (e. and hats to keep the sun off.e. and lunch in. With the proper clothing and preparation. Registration If you wish to complete your fieldschool module by attending the Mohegan excavations then please specify which week you wish to attend as soon as possible as overall numbers on the projects are capped. i. Tecnu).forestrysuppliers. I also recommend bringing a sweatshirt and light rain jacket in case of unexpected weather (this is New England after all!). Students staying at Connecticut College should be prepared to leave for work promptly at 8:30 am each day. long socks.The Mohegan work week runs from Monday morning through Friday afternoon.aldf. as soon as possible. You would do best to choose clothing that is also fairly breathable since it can get hot and humid in Connecticut during July/August. Field equipment and supplies that you should bring:     Field bag: something like a backpack to keep your field equipment. which should be noted. a reusable water bottle.shtml.g. The Monday morning session will begin with a site tour and orientation.com/lyme.

Fees Students taking the ‘Self-organised Fieldschool’ module pay a reduced fee of £200 for this module regardless of where they are based. You must submit both elements of the assessment and satisfy the fieldwork terms to complete this module. If your fieldwork is completed between the 1st April and the 31st July at the latest you should join the June intake. The fieldwork coordinator will then assess whether the proposed project offers suitable training and conforms to certain guidelines on safety and insurance.uk). Dr Richard Thomas (rmt12@le. you will need to consider the following guidelines in advance: If your fieldwork is completed between 1st December and 30th March at the latest you should join the February intake.ac. This is not formally assessed. You will be provided with further details of these on registering for the module but should be aware that the submission deadline for both assignments is that listed under the relevant registration intake above. You must submit both elements of the assessment and satisfy the fieldwork terms to complete this module.uk) and the fieldwork co-ordinator (rmt12@le.uk). In order to be able to provide help and advice in the preparation of the essay we ask students to produce a short reading list of books/articles you plan to use in advance of submission. Your chosen fieldwork destination needs to be agreed in advance of going on an excavation as the choice of project needs to be authorised by the School’s Fieldwork co-ordinator.ac. This fee will cover the assessment element of the module. Assessment For this level 2 module you are expected to submit two pieces of work for formal assessment: a portfolio and an essay. Fees are due when . In the first instance you should download the Fieldwork Proposal form from the Blackboard site (under Fieldwork: AR3999). Fill this in and submit it to the DL hub (artshumsdl@le. You will then be contacted to confirm whether your proposal has been accepted Registration When deciding which intake to take your assessment in. If your fieldwork is completed between the 1st August and the 30th November at the latest you should join the October intake.ac.further details of these on registering for the module. Self-Organised Fieldwork (AR2550) We accept students at all three intakes per year to complete the SelfOrganised Fieldschool module.

How do I record my field experience? There is a field experience recording sheet on Blackboard (under Fieldwork: AR3999). We will then email you to confirm whether it is a suitable project. you will be able to do a range of tasks and gain wide experience.ac.registering for the module. You are of course welcome to come to the Bradgate Park project that we run every year in June and July. As long as you talk to the organisers in advance. or field director to sign it for you. You can do one four week block of fieldwork if you would like to. further details on your assessment will only be provided once fees are paid. and provide a website link to the project. but others may allow you to attend for a five day working week. Survey.ac. Experience Only What is an 'approved' field project? Any project organised by a university. and finds processing are all very important. submit the form to the DL hub (artshumsdl@le. or even include single days of fieldwork. There would be a small charge for students who wish to attend to gain further experience (£250 per week). but you need to check with us first. Occasionally . Once this is completed. As long as your total amount of field/lab experience reaches six weeks (four weeks experience plus attendance on the AR2560 Fieldschool and AR3551 Archaeological Practice modules) before you graduate. I have health issues that mean I cannot dig (or dig for extended periods). What constitutes a week? Many projects have a six day working week. recording.Make sure you take a copy of the form with you and get the project director. who is organising it. So a week is either five or six days in the field. Other staff in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History welcome students on their fieldwork and will send out emails to current students asking for volunteers when opportunities arise. archaeology unit or local archaeology institution would be fine.uk). or you could do four separate weeks.uk) and the fieldwork co-ordinator (rmt12@le. If you have identified a project you would like to work on you need to fill out the fieldwork proposal form on Blackboard (under Fieldwork: AR3999) in which you will need to tell us the name of the project. does this mean I cannot take part in field projects? In any field project there is a variety of tasks that need to be carried out in addition to excavation. Do I need to do the four weeks all in one go? No.

Richard Thomas Fieldwork Co-ordinator School of Archaeology & Ancient History University of Leicester LE1 7RH E-mail: rmt12@le. and it is possible in exceptional circumstances to gain this nonassessed four weeks of field experience working in a local museum or similar.students have issues that make it difficult to be away from home or work outside.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3343 . Best wishes. Irrespective of whether you choose to come and dig with the School or wish to organise your own fieldwork arrangements in conjunction with us we hope you will enjoy the module and at the same time learn more about the process of archaeological field investigation.