Time Team raised awareness of archaeology in the UK and around the world. Now that has gone, you may still have the passion to dig and learn. "The Fort in the Wood" research project can offer you this unique opportunity. Whether you want just to dig and contribute to Britain's history or learn how to actually be an archaeologist is up to you.
If raised the target funding will help us to successfully excavate part of this important site; we need to cover supervisory staff costs, survey equipment hire, material costs, sample processing, artefact analysis, illustration and radiocarbon dating. Not to mention tea and sandwiches for our busy volunteers on site! Come and join the dig and help us break new ground and add a new chapter to the history of the Roman conquest of Brigantia.
'This newly discovered archaeological site is one of the most significant Roman discoveries made in Lancashire for over 100 years. Until now there has been very little evidence of the Roman military occupation of the South-West Lancashire coastal plain other than the road network and the forts at Kirkham, Lancaster, Ribchester and Wigan. The 'Fort in the Wood' fills a large gap in our knowledge of the Roman military occupation of lowland NW England, and focuses attention onto the settlement and administration of the region, an area that as long been seen as sparsely settled during the Roman period.'
"The Fort in the Wood" research project offers you the opportunity to to dig and contribute to Britain's history and learn many archaeological skills. We've designed the Field School so that you play a large part in deciding what's taught. Ask us, and if we can we'll show you how; whether it's as simple as how to use a trowel or as complex as helping with a GPS and GPR geophysical survey.
If funded, this newly discovered Roman Fort (the location of which is undisclosed on social media in order to protect it from illegal metal detectorists, trespassers and looters) will form the focus of an exciting international, national and regional archaeological research project. The results from the project will fill huge gaps in the knowledge of the Roman occupation of NW England in the late 1st to early 5th centuries AD and beyond into the very dark ages of Lancashire where knowledge of this period is negligible.
The archaeological excavation training will be provided by staff and associates of Bluestone Archaeology CIC, a government regulated not-for-profit organisation.
If raised your funds and donations will contribute to the professionally-led archaeological excavation of a small part of a 1st/2nd century Roman Auxiliary Fort.
Following on from an earlier geophysical survey and archaeological trial-excavation in 2013 it is intended that the 2019 summer dig will target what is thought to be the large monumental stone eastern gate of the fort, its eastern road and associated structures. We will also endeavor, with your help, to find out more about the relationship of the fort and its surroundings: how did the soldiers interact with the local population, native farms; and was there a civilian settlement (vicus) attached to the fort?
It is proposed that the training will be delivered by a summer field school and funded by those of you wishing to contribute to the dig and training (post-excavation) costs. We invite everyone to participate , no previous experience needed, all tools, equipment and training provided. We provide welfare facilities and a canteen tent on site. You will have to bring suitable digging clothes, strong boots and gloves and provide your own lunch (Camp sites, evening meals and overnight accommodation available locally). You can dig for 5-days for £250 or dig for a weekend for £120. Please see our website for more details.
By supporting this dig you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience first hand exciting new discoveries as they happen. Please hurry! Places are limited , join us now to find out more about Fort in the Wood.