News & Events 2013
2013 Field Season - Student applications
Applications are now open for the Teffont 2013 fieldwork season between 17th August and 1st September. If you are interested in joining the project, please fill in the attached application form and questionnaire and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to seeing you in the summer! More information is provided below - if you have any questions, please email David Roberts (project director) at email@example.com
Summer fieldwork informationThe project is run and supervised by current post-graduate and undergraduate students at York, so has a very different atmosphere to many summer digs, or the departmental field school. We strongly encourage students and volunteers to be involved in thinking interpretively about both individual features and the landscape as a whole, and take your opinions into account in how we understand the archaeology. We have a student:supervisor ratio of 5:1 at worst, so you receive much more training and encouragement than is generally the case on field projects. We also strongly encourage students to take responsibility on site, whether through sharing skills, looking after kit, taking the daily area debrief or doing site tours for the public or Young Archaeologists Club. For those who come back to the project over several years there is the possibility of becoming an excavation supervisor - all of our supervisors have previously worked on the project as students. Additional training is available in post-excavation processing, palaeoenvironmental processing, zooarchaeology and stratigraphic analysis, amongst other topics. The project has now been running for six years, the last three of which we've had a substantial field school in the summer, where we've taken mostly York students on our excavation of a Roman landscape in south-west Wiltshire. The first settlement we excavated (2010-2011) seems to be a place which people based themselves at during periods of activity at a Roman shrine on the ridge above the settlement site. Last summer we investigated a range of sites in the immediate landscape, including parts of the shrine, a probable burial ground, an early medieval building, a Roman building and some early medieval flood defences. This year we are focusing on two main objectives, to fully understand the shrine and burial areas through excavation. We will also be using geophysical survey and analytical earthwork survey to understand the landscape, and there will be opportunities for week long experiences in these areas for students and volunteers wishing to broaden their skill set. We will also be investigating an additional site of national (possibly international) significance, which has only just been discovered via metal-detecting.
April 2013 Exhibition
2012 Fieldwork summary
In July 2012 the project enjoyed a succesful two week field season investigating a range of possible sites across Teffont through survey and excavation. We confirmed our identification of a Roman shrine enclosure identified through landscape survey (including LiDAR data analysis, aerial laser scanning), and identified a number of ancillary sites to the shrine, including a probable burial area. A prehistoric feature, possibly a Neolithic or Bronze age monument, was also dicsovered. We also identified a series of early medieval earthworks, which may have acted as flood defences against the Teffont stream. We enjoyed working closely with local landowners, community volunteers (especially our metal-detectorist colleagues) and our dedicated team of students.
Analysis of the excavation results is underway, and we hope will be completed by December 2013. Our results will also be publicised in a local exhibition, and through publication.