KAFS 2019 Course Diary


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We will be back in Oplontis in the first three weeks in May/June 2019 for another season of post-excavation but we are now fully booked. And if you are booked 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. Please note food, accommodation, insurance, and travel are not provided.

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.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.

Places are now fully booked.

Field Walking and Test Pitting at a Roman Villa building at Teston, Maidstone in Kent Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th April

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. To enhance the field walking strategy we will be test pitting with a small machine to a grid.

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. Cost £10 if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £25.

Wye Roman Villa and Water mill: Good Friday 19th April to Sunday 28th April

Archaeological excavation on the site of a recently discovered Roman Villa and water mill at Wye in Kent.

On this ten day 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 course will be especially useful for those new to archaeology, as well as those considering studying the subject further. After tea break we will participate in an archaeological investigation on a Roman building under expert tuition. Expert diggers are not required to participate in the tool box talks.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

Excavating at 'Villa B' at Oplontis next to Pompeii in Italy: 20th May to 6th June 2019

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We will be spending four 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. NOW FULLY BOOKED

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

The final investigation of a substantial Roman Aisled Building at Faversham in Kent: Saturday 4th May to Sunday 12th May 2019.

Nine days investigating the final area of 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 harbour. One of the research questions we will be tackling is the buildings marine association with the nearby tidal waterway.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

Training Week for Students on a Roman Villa at Faversham 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 the Abbey Fields Roman villa near Faversham.

Topics taught each day are:

Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday): Why dig?
Tuesday 7th May: Excavation Techniques
Wednesday 8th May: Site Survey
Thursday 9th May: Archaeological Recording
Friday 10th May: 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 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'.

Archaeological Survey for Students: Saturday 6th July, Sunday 7th July 2019

An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording Roman features in the landscape.

Cost for members is £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £15 a day.

Excavation of a Roman villa at Teston near Maidstone: Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 11th August 2019

Last year a geophysical survey took place down slope from the CAT discoveries and possible masonry walls identified. Subsequently the Kent Archaeological Field School were invited by the owner to investigate the site and a field walking weekend in March identified an area of disturbed Roman masonry below that of the CAT discovery and above that of the geophysical survey. Hand digging of test pits identified a substantial deposit of Roman building material and on opening up the trench the south wall stretching for 39m was exposed and running east-west, At each end substantial towers or pavilions were also exposed. Rooms with hypocaust heating were exposed to the north and stretching into the adjoining field and towards CATs investigations in 1991.

Work in 2018 included searching for the masonry bath-house and two geophysical surveys which has identified a major building to the rear of the main villa and this will be the focus of our investigations in August 2019.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

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