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

    Map of Binchester

    VINOVIUM 2014 – THE BINCHESTER EXCAVATION PROJECT

    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, Excavations at Roman Carsulae (Italy)

    Excavating the Baths at Carsulae

    EXCAVATIONS OF THE BATHS AT ROMAN CARSULAE (ITALY)
    June 8 – July 19, 2014
    We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.
     
    Project and Location  
    The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente for Umbria, Umberto Ciotti, from the 1950s to the 1970s.  He uncovered a number of its public buildings including the forum, amphitheatre and theatre and transformed the entire area into an archaeological park.  In 2004, our team, under the direction of Jane K. Whitehead and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria commenced a longterm project to re-excavate the baths, which are located just south of the city limits and were left exposed after Ciotti’s excavation 40 years earlier.
    In 2011, we received grants from Italian sources, in particular the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico,which enabled us to construct a roof over the remains of the baths.  Because it affords greater protection from the elements, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons we were able to open up areas that were more fragile, thus further exposing the structure. 
    We plan to dedicate our 2014 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof as well as the region immediately to the east, where in recent years we have uncovered more rooms.   We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza on a plan for the conservation of the bath building.