Poulton Research Project

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Poulton Research Project
c/o Chapel House Farm
The Green
Poulton
CH4 9EE

Students

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.

Volunteers

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 has taken the decision to cancel our summer school for students. 

I am sure you will be disappointed, as indeed we are, for as much as you were looking forward to spending some time at Poulton , we were 

equally looking forward to your company and teaching you the art of excavating.

On the bright side, what has been in the ground for thousands of years will still be there next year !

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

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.

History

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.

Poulton’s Prehistoric Past

The aerial photo's show the current excavation of a series of intercutting Iron Age roundhouses spanning generations of rebuilding on the same site. Portions of nine structures are exposed. Excavation has produced a large material assemblage which includes animal...

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Artefacts of Six Millennia

Sifting through some of our finds over the dark, damp winter days reminded us of what a unique site we have. Poulton goes back over  millennia and to demonstrate that we would like to show you some of the artefacts which span something in the order of six thousand...

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How to find us.

DIRECTIONS TO THE POULTON RESEARCH PROJECT By Car If driving on the A55, exit at Junction 38 onto the A483 'Wrexham Road', heading towards Wrexham. After a couple of hundred meters you will approach a roundabout. Take the first left onto the B5445 'Old Wrexham Road'....

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Field Notes – weeks 10 – 13

Field Notes: Weeks Ten to Thirteen Corn height: see photo One month ago (!) I wrote a blogpost, with one week to go of the Poulton Research Project field school. That has long since come and gone, however the weeks following were full of activity and so I’ll attempt...

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Field Notes – week 9

Week Nine Corn height: suspicion that the addition of cobs have made the corn appear taller, when in fact it is all still the same height as last week It has been a brilliant and busy week at the field school – it’s hard to believe that this time next week it’ll be...

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Students Blog

The following blogpost was written by a student who attended the field school during Week Seven. Enjoy! -- The Poulton Research Project consists of a group of enthusiastic and passionate individuals who come together with students and volunteers with a central focus...

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Field Notes – week 8

Week Eight Corn height: we can no longer see beyond our trench, if we get lost we may have to remain on site until the harvest It has been a very relaxing week. Trench I was being excavated by all continuing students, who are now very familiar with our excavation and...

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Field Notes – week 7.

  Week Seven Corn height: towering ominously over our excavations It has been another fantastic week on site. The weather held out for us for the most part, although I feel it’s only delayed the inevitable. As I write this, the remains of Bertha have arrived and...

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The Excavation of Ring Ditches Two and Three

The Excavation of Ring Ditches Two and Three at Poulton, Cheshire. 2010-2013 An Interim Report Kevin V. E. Cootes & Mike M. Emery with contributions from Hugo Anderson-Whymark and Giovanna Fregni 11th July 2014 To read the full report, click here.

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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 .

Would You Like To Get Involved?

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please do get in touch with us.