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The University of Reading Archaeology Field School

Thinking of studying Archaeology at the University of Reading?

Would you like to learn about people who lived thousands of years ago in one of the world's most important archaeological regions?

As an Archaeology student at the University of Reading, you will be able to take part in the Archaeology Field School in the Vale of Pewsey and step back in time to 2400 BC. See the world through the eyes of the Neolithic men and women who built and worshipped at Stonehenge, and at the same time receive high quality training in a range of archaeological field techniques. Take in the panoramic views of the Alton Barnes White Horse, the Stone Circle at Avebury and the world famous Stonehenge monument itself as you try to discover your own piece of history at our location in Pewsey.

And it's not just about digging in the daytime. Stay at our campsite and get to know the people around you. There's always a great atmosphere and some people make friends for life!

Where and when is it happening?

The Archaeology Field School will take place between in the summer of 2017 in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire.  The dig begins on Monday 26th June and ends on Saturday 22nd July. We are on site every day except Friday 30th June, Friday 7th July and Friday 14th July. We will be hosting a special Open Day on Saturday 15th July, but visitors are welcome every day.

Your time at the Archaeology Field School

Your working week on site will begin on Monday with half a day's introduction to the site and to the field techniques used at the Vale of Pewsey. This will include a Health and Safety briefing, followed by an up-to-date site tour.

Members of the project team will then talk to you about the use of excavation tools and how to dig, the collection and treatment of artefacts, and how to record what you excavate.

During the week you will be given an introduction to the paper record system and the on-site database used at the Archaeology Field School. You will also have the opportunity to attend short talks on other aspects of site recording such as surveying, planning, site photography and the use of environmental techniques.

On your first day at the excavation you will be assigned to a site supervisor and will begin digging as soon as possible. Supervisors will be on hand to give you constant guidance and you will be placed on each of the various site rotas, allowing you to try your hand at all aspects of excavation.

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