Field Course Dates 2017

06 Feb




The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials. Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered west of the Pennines. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry, and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of ceramics, metal, and building material.
The Poulton Project offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age and Roman features, and the Medieval Chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses.

The dates for the 2017 season are 10th -21st April and 26th June-25th August

Student fees are as follows: £190 for one week course. £380 for two week course. Discounts are available for booking three, four and more weeks.

Please note that no accommodation is offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally. Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided. The courses are designed as an introduction to excavation techniques, plan and section drawing, context recording, photography, finds processing and surveying. Deposit required when booking. Minimum two week booking required for skeletal excavation.
Contact: Kevin Cootes e-mail:


The project supplies all tools and equipment, mess tents, toilets and facilities for tea, coffee, etc. Students need to bring suitable digging clothes, footwear and lunch.
The Poulton Research Project is a registered charity. Number: 1094552

More Information

To read The Metric Methods of Skeletal Sex Determination using the Arm Bones
of Two British Medieval Populations please click here.

The Atterton et al document is available for anyone who has access, by clicking this link –

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