• ROMARCH: Call for Participants, Binchester Archaeological Project (England) 2014

    Map of Binchester


    Season dates: June 29, 2014 – July 26, 2014

    (updated) Application Deadline: 10 May

    The Binchester excavation project is currently seeking enthusiastic excavators to join our team for the 2014 season and help excavate a Roman fort and expansive town near Durham in the UK.

    Known to the Romans as Vinovium (“On the Wine Road”), Binchester protected Dere Street, the main road that ran from the legionary headquarters at York northwards to Hadrian’s Wall. It was a key element of the complex frontier system that lay on both sides of the Wall, forming the edge of empire for nearly four hundred years. Previous excavation has so far uncovered the best preserved Roman bath house in the UK and some of the most impressive mausolea seen on a Roman site for 150 years.  Geophysical survey has revealed a large town that stayed thriving long after the empire fell.  Across the river at Escomb is one of the oldest churches in Britain, built from the stones of Binchester in the 7th century, still standing as a reminder of the kingdom of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, the heartland of Celtic Christianity and land of Arthurian romance.

    The project represents an international partnership between scholars at Stanford University (USA) and Durham University (UK). Volunteers will spend 4 weeks excavating, processing artifacts, and visiting key archaeological sites in this area of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone.

    The cost of $ 4,500 (USD) covers housing in the medieval town of Durham, all meals, archaeological instruction, and weekend field trips to Roman and Medieval archaeological sites, including several along Hadrian’s Wall. Flights and travel to Durham are not included. Academic accreditation is possible (see our website).

    To apply and learn more about the Binchester project, please see our website at http://www.vinovium.org/apply/

    Any questions, please direct them to our team at vinovium@durham.ac.uk

  • ROMARCH: Call for Participants, Binchester Archaeological Project (England)

    Map of Binchester


    The Binchester Archaeological Project is accepting applications for its field school (through Durham University UK and Vinovium.org) until 1 May.  Cost is $4500 for four weeks.  Accommodation at Durham University, all meals, field trips, internal travel, lectures, lab work, and archaeological training are included in the fee.  Transport to Durham is not included.

    Please note that we also offer a new, optional training program in pottery and ceramics that will launch this season.  Interested students can elect to focus on pottery studies during their time with the field school and receive individual training from our ceramicists.  Or they can split their time between the trench and this specialized training.

    Details about how to apply for the upcoming 2013 season can be found at our website http://www.vinovium.org/apply/ or at vinovium@durham.ac.uk.