Poulton Research Project

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Poulton Research Project
c/o Chapel House Farm
The Green


We have run courses at Poulton for nearly 20 years now. They have been very well received and the vast majority of people who have attended would recommend them to others and come again.


On our volunteers' page, you will find the answer all of your questions about volunteering at Poulton. We are not asking you to simply wash pots or move spoil. Within hours of your arrival on-site we expect you to be excavating serious archaeology.

What Our Students Say

We have a very high satisfaction rating from our course attendees (the details for the latest 2013) season are here). Everyone who has attended over the last 4 years would recommend us to others and would come again.

COVID-19 Statement.

In light of the current Covid -19 outbreak the Poulton Research Project would like to advise that there are currently no plans to cancel our summer school for students.

We are, of course, monitoring the situation closely and listening to Government advice and recommendations.

In the meantime, your bookings are as you made them and your deposits are safe. We will not be requesting final payment until mid- May.

As we are in an ever-changing situation we will advise of further plans as and when they it may be necessary to make changes.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

The Poulton Project – Registered Charity Number 1094552

The Poulton project was incorporated as a charity on August 7th 2002. the incorporation statement is: To further the education of the public in archaeology, history and architecture  of a multi-period landscape in Chester hinterland known as The Poulton project  and to promote and foster public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of archaeology generally.


In 1995 the Poulton Project started with an interest in developing a multi-period archaeological landscape investigation in the Chester hinterland. The hope was to find a settlement that was archaeologically rich over several periods, and set in a landscape accessible to investigation. The chapel site at Poulton more than fulfilled these needs. The history and origin of the chapel were scarcely known, yet it had a close connection with the last Cistercian Abbey of Poulton. Although the Abbey was removed in the 13th century, the Cistercians continued to dominate and shape the landscape around Poulton until dissolution in 1534. In addition to the medieval archaeology, an initial evaluation in 1995 revealed unexpected evidence for Roman and prehistoric occupation. It has since been confirmed that at least two Roman buildings exist, one of which is very substantial, producing numerous brooches, coins etc. Establishment of the nature of this occupation and of possible continuity to the medieval period remains a main research objective at the site.

Latest News

You can see some of our recent news here and also find articles written in the past but still of relevance today.

Osteology Update

Meet Rea who will be assisting us at Poulton this summer. She is seen here recording the mortal remains of a 35 - 40 year old (estimated) female in the grave at her feet. She is a very talented young lady and the students will benefit hugely from her skill and...

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Swiss Army Knife vs. Stone Age Flint

Here we have a piece of Mesolithic flint 10,000 - 4,000 BC, worked by one of our ancestors to assist him with his daily life.Also pictured is my Swiss Army pocket knife, which assists me when I'm out on site. There's no comparison we might think, how could there be ?...

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Poulton AGM Agenda

AGENDA AGM POULTON RESEARCH PROJECT LTD SATURDAY 12th March 2016 1 Welcome 2 Apologies and Minutes of the last AGM 3 Chairman’s report 4 Plans for 2016 5 Accounts presentation 6 Trustees update 7 Questions from the floor

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Poulton Research Project AGM

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project Saturday 12 March 2016 at 10.00 am at the meeting room, New Dairy Farm, Chapel House Farm, Poulton. Please be advised that there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project at...

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End of season summary 2015

SUMMARY REPORT OF THE 2015 EXCAVATIONS AT THE POULTON RESEARCH PROJECT, CHESHIRE The objectives of the 2015 student training season were to continue and where possible complete excavations on the two trenches from the previous year. The extant archaeology comprised...

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… a lot of archaeological techniques in a short space of time

Didn’t make us feel stupid when we didn’t know something .

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