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 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.

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