KAFS 2018 Course Diary


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We will be back in Oplontis in the first three weeks in June 2018 for another season of excavation and anyone can join our team. The only criteria is that you are a member of the Kent Archaeological Field School www.kafs.co.uk and that you have some experience or enthusiasm for Roman archaeology, Italian food and Italian sunshine! See also the website for the project at www.oplontisproject.org.

The weekly fee is £175. Please note food, accommodation, insurance, and travel are not included.

Flights to Naples are probably cheapest with EasyJet. To get to Pompeii take a bus from the Naples airport to the railway station and then the local train to Pompeii. Hotels are about 50eu for a room per night.

We are staying at are the Motel Villa dei Misteri and the Hotel degli Amici. info@villademisteri.it, info@hoteldegliamici.it. For camping the site Camping Zeus is next to the hotel: info@campingzeus.it, and is about 12eu a night.

The dates are from 28th May to 15th June 2018.

Transport to Oplontis from Pompeii is not provided but most of the group use the local train (one stop). Please note it can be hot so bring sun cream and insect repellent! Any queries email me at info@kafs.co.uk, or in Naples call my mobile on 07885 700 112. We will meet up at 8am every Monday morning of the dig to start the new week. This may be the last year so grasp the opportunity! Places are limited.

Field Walking and Map Analysis Easter Good Friday March 30th & Saturday 31st March

Field work at its most basic involves walking across the landscape recording features seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recording artefacts found within the plough soil. These include flint tools, Roman building material, pottery, glass and metal artefacts. One of the uses of field walking is to build up a database for large-scale regional archaeological surveys. We will consider the importance of regressive map analysis as part of this procedure. The course will cover:

1. Strategies and procedures,
2. Standard and non-standard line walking, grid walking,
3. Pottery distribution, identifying pottery and building ceramics.

We will be in the field in the afternoons so suitable clothing will be necessary. Free if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75.

May Bank Holiday May 25th, 28th: Archaeological test pitting on the site of a recently discovered Roman  water mill site at Wye in Kent

On this Bank Holiday Weekend course we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are discovered and excavated and how different types of finds are studied to reveal the lives of former peoples. Subjects discussed will include aerial photography, regressive map analysis, HER data, and artefact identification. This long weekend will be especially useful for those new to archaeology, as well as those considering studying the subject further. Participants will be part of an archaeological investigation of a Roman site under expert tuition. The site is opposite the Tickled Trout Pub with car parking in the Station car park

Cost is free if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75.

May 28th to June 15th 2018 excavating at 'Villa B' at Oplontis next to Pompeii in Italy (fully booked)

We will be spending three weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. The site offers a unique opportunity to dig on iconic World Heritage Site in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Cost is £175 a week which does not include board or food but details of where to stay are available (Camping is 12EU a day and the adjacent hotel 50EU or Airbnb).

Email Paul Wilkinson at info@swatarchaeology.co.uk for further details.

July 30th to August 12th 2018. The investigation of a substantial Roman Villa Building at Teston near Maidstone in Kent

Two weeks investigating a substantial Roman building to find out its form and function. This is an important Roman building and part of a larger Roman villa complex which may have its own estate One of the research questions we will be tackling is the buildings  association with the Roman workings of the Medway Valley. Cost for the day £10 (Members free).

August 6th to 10th 2018 Training Week for Students on a Roman Building at Teston near Maidstone in Kent

It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation at a Roman villa at Teston.

Topics taught each day are:

Monday 6th August: Why dig?
Tuesday 7th August: Excavation Techniques
Wednesday 8th August: Site Survey
Thursday 9th August: Archaeological Recording
Friday 10th August: Small Finds
Saturday and Sunday: (free) digging with the team.

A free PDF copy of "Archaeology" 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 if free membership is taken out at the time of booking plus a Certificate of Attendance. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. For directions to the Field School see 'Where' on this website. For camping nearby see 'Accommodation'.

September 10th to 23rd 2018. Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent

An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The two weeks are to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features inside a small prehistoric homestead on the North Downs that was located with aerial photography and field survey. Cost is £10 a day for non-members, members free.

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