Excavations and Training at Plumpton Roman Villa

19th July 2017
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Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology 

Hurry! - Not long left to get your hands dirty in some archaeological excavation!

A research and training excavation directed by Dr. David Rudling has resumed on the site of a Romano-British villa at Plumpton, near Lewes, Sussex. The villa, which is of the winged-corridor type, lies just to the north of the South Downs and a short distance to the south of the Greensand Way (an important east-west Roman road).

Want to take part?

We're currently just over half way through a series of 6 5-day Excavation Techniques Training Courses. The series of courses started on 26th June 2017 and will continue until 5th Aug 2017. Each 5-day course starts on a Monday, so you've only got two weeks left to take part! The course provides a ‘hands-on’ and theory introduction to archaeological excavation, sessions to include: 

  • basic surveying and geophysics
  • excavation methods
  • written records
  • planning and section drawing
  • photography
  • environmental archaeology
  • finds processing
  • Health and Safety


"Some of the best teaching I have witnessed. Relaxed, friendly, enthusiastic and sincere".


Thanks to Robin Broadbridge & Sussex Archaeology


These courses are suitable for beginners, those with limited experience, A Level Archaeology students, people thinking of studying archaeology at university, and undergraduates. All participants will be encouraged to start (or continue) a BAJR Archaeology Skills Passport.

Tuition fees: £175 per 5-day course. Other learning opportunities include several 1-day Saturday ‘Taster’ excavation days: fees: £40 per day.

And then put your new skills to the test with volunteering opportunities (i.e. for those with some prior experience of excavation – such as participation on one of the training courses). These are available for £25 for a 5-day week. Participants can stay full-board (ie 3 meals) at Plumpton College for £40 per day).Details of other local accommodation and camping are available on the project’s website.


The Sussex School of Archaeology



Tel. 01323 811785.

"I have had a lifelong ambition to do this - I am so glad I did!"


Thanks to Robin Broadbridge & Sussex Archaeology

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