Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Just a quick update

Week A of the public field school (13th - 18th July) is now full, so I'm sorry to say we can't accept any more registrations for that week. There is still some space in Week B though (20th - 25th July), so get in quick if you would like to join us! Email for more details.

And I'll leave you with a photo I took of the site in some gorgeous weather last month.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Tiles, and dig applications!

Post-ex work continues on the ceramic building material from Dorchester: all of those shapeless lumps of clay you find do get looked at! And sometimes you find traces not just of past human activity....

Places on the two weeks of the public field school are now filling up fast, so if you want to be involved this summer you need to act quickly! Email  for more information and the application form. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

2014 is here...

... and that means we are well underway organising this year's dig!

The Discovering Dorchester excavations will resume this summer under the leadership of Oxford Archaeology's Paul Booth. The dig will run in much the same format as previously, with undergraduates, predominantly from the University of Oxford, excavating in the first two weeks, and a public Field School in the second two weeks.

Excavations this year will be concentrated in the eastern half of the trench, in particular on the area adjacent to the North-South road. In addition we will be continuing our investigation of the possible well in the southwest quadrant of the trench, with the hope of uncovering waterlogged remains at the bottom!

If you would like to learn more about how you can join the excavations at Dorchester, please email

Monday, 29 July 2013

Nearly done...

Well, it seemed an age until the dig finally began, and then the weeks flew by in a blur. Now, it's all over in the field, save for a couple of days prep for the backfilling. Finds are bagged and sent off for storage and analysis, samples are headed for the lab, and tomorrow we take down the site tents. 
A big thank you to all who participated I. This years dig, from the potwash era and excavators, to the guest lecturers and the Team Leaders. I hope everyone had as great a time as I did. 
There will be a few more daily posts as we put the site to bed, and then regular updates on how the season's post-ex work is going. Make sure you add us to your RSS feed!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

And it's out!

Happy digger Sally got to lift her pots from the upper fills of an early Roman well! Here is one with holes drilled in the bottom. A Late 1st/2nd century strainer or a cheese drainer?

Friday, 26 July 2013

A little rain must fall...

A heavy shower has brought out many of the colours of soil which had been baked to a single grey. 

A collection of pots

Nearly the end of the dig, but the finds and features are still coming on fast and thick. An early pit which had been cut by a much later ditch revealed its full extent today, thanks in part to the rain. 
These lovely pots lie at the bottom!
Also we have found an unusual spindlewhorl made of limestone and an Iron Age coin!!