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Brodsworth Field School 31 July - 26 August

posted 27 Feb 2011, 06:44 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 10 Mar 2013, 17:02 ]

The Brodsworth Archaeology Project has been running for 10 years as a field course for students for the Universities of Hull and Sheffield and as a community archaeology project. This year the project is expanding participation further by developing the established structure to provide more places on a field school open to a wider audience.

This field school is designed to provide participants with an introduction to and experience of modern archaeological field skills. It is primarily based on `hands on´ field teaching and experience but will also involve taught 'class room' elements as an introduction to the practical elements. Areas covered will include:

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  • Approaches to fieldwork: methodology and strategy
  • Topographic and geophysical survey
  • Field walking
  • Excavation and recording
  • Post-excavation and finds processing and analysis

The field school is based in the grounds of Hickleton Hall.
There is a campsite, toilet and shower facilities, and an undercover base where food is provided. The village of Hickelton is a picturesque village with a pub. Trips are
arranged to local shops and supermarkets for those wishing
to buy further provisions. The nearby town of Goldthorpe is served by an hourly train service to Sheffield and Leeds.

There are a number of options open to interested people:

1: An Accredited 20 credit field school which is certified by the University of Hull. (Equivalent to 10 ECTS credits and 6 US Credits). Running from August 3rd to August 23rd 2011.

2: Shorter field schools that are unaccredited – Can stay for any multiples of 1 week

Week 1: 31st July - 5th August 2011

Week 2: 7th - 12th August 2011

Week 3: 14th - 19th August 2011

Week 4: 21st - 26th August 2011

Cost per person is £175 per week (this charge includes tuition, course materials, food and accommodation at the campsite).

It is intended that participants will arrive at Brodsworth on the Sunday at the beginning of each field school week and will complete 6 days of activities (Monday to Saturday) which will include introductory sessions relevant to the work being undertaken, practical periods working on the excavations and surveys being undertaken and some visits to local sites/museums including Brodsworth Hall (owned by English Heritage). Participants are welcome to book in for 1, 2 or 3 weeks. The first week will follow the structured programme outlined above. If you are staying for 2 or 3 weeks then the structure of the second/third week may be negotiated to give you further time on developing your experience of particular activities of interest to you.

The field school carries no credits however each participant who has successfully completed one, two or three weeks of the field school will receive a Certificate of Participation. The directors will also be pleased to write up any references or recommendations for you, if so desired.

The 2011 fieldwork plans

The work planned in each season is always provisional until the fieldwork starts as it depends on the harvesting of crops and the availability of land to investigate.

As well as continuing the field walking and geophysical survey of areas around the study region, several areas of excavations and test pitting will be carried out.

During the 2011 season it is hoped to:

  • Excavation at the site of the double-ditched enclosure near Bilham
  • Geophysical survey of a number of enclosures near Bilham
  • Geophysical survey and excavation in the area of the Elizabethan Manor House at Hickleton
  • Continue the graveyard survey at Hooton Pagnell Church
  • Completion of the topographic survey of the area west of Elms Farm, Pickburn
  • Geophysical survey of the area south of Hooton Pagnell Church (primarily the cricket pitch) in order to begin to define the extent of the medieval village of Hooton Pagnell.

For further information about the Brodsworth Field school contact Helen Fenwick by email ( or by post:

The Department of History,
The University of Hull,
Hull, HU6 7RX