Departmental Field Projects

Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire

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A long-term survey and excavation project at Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire is working within the area of the Scheduled Ancient Monument, focusing on features from both the late medieval and post-medieval periods. Combining GPS, geophysical and total station survey with targeted excavation, the project will produce the first complete characterisation of a monastic precinct in England, charting how it developed from an ecclesiastical institution into a succession of post-dissolution secular estates.

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The Roman Vicus of the Imperial Estate at Vagnari, Puglia

Vagnari-fieldworkThis interdisciplinary and collaborative fieldwork project investigates the public, domestic and manufacturing facilities in the central village (vicus) of a rural estate belonging to the Roman emperors in ancient Apulia in south-east Italy. Through excavation we aim to gather evidence for slave and free labour and insight into the socio-economic complexities and conditions of living and working on the estate from the first to the fourth centuries A.D.

Alberese Archaeological Project, Tuscany

Alberese project The Alberese Archaeological Project (AAP) has been established in 2009, with the main focus on identifying Roman settlement trends in coastal South Tuscany. Archaeologically, the area is situated inside the Roman ager Rusellanus, the territory of the ancient Etruscan-Roman city of Rusellae, located on a hilltop 10 kms far from Grosseto. The mountain chain of Uccellina represents its southern edge, dividing the district of Rusellae from the nearby ager Cosanus. One of the most important and richest Etruscan cities is few kms north of Alberese: Vetulonia, with its economical settlements, such as ports and harbours, facing the disappeared Lake Prilus. The excavations at the river port and the industrial quartier at Spolverino (Alberese – GR) take place in August and September of each year.

Brodsworth, South Yorkshire

BrodsworthThe Brodsworth Project is a landscape archaeology project centred on Brodsworth near Doncaster. The project now covers not only the Brodsworth parish but also 7 other surrounding parishes (Hampole, Hooton Pagnell, Hickleton, Marr, Barnburgh, High Melton and Cadeby). This gives the project an unequalled opportunity to explore the development of the landscape of South Yorkshire from the later prehistoric period until the development of the formal landscapes of the country houses found within the study area.

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Castleton and Hope

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For the last 4 years we have been primarily focussed on defining the location of, and exploring the character and development of a Medieval Leper Hospital (Hospital of Saint Mary in the Peak) that we know from historical evidence was located between the villages of Castleton and Hope in Derbyshire.