Queen's University


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Field School in British Archaeology

Over the course of six weeks, students will study both Roman and Medieval Britain and take part in over 60 hours of hands-on excavation providing an introduction to archaeological field work. Students will dig at both a 12-14th century site on the Castle grounds and at a site near Pevensey. Excavation at the Pevensey site began last year. The site is located in the yard of a church dating back to 1206 that sits on the grounds where William the Conqueror landed in 1066. Significant time will be spent visiting some of the greatest archaeological sites in Britain including York, the Roman Baths, and Fishbourne Roman Palace.

A photograps of some material uncovered during an archaeological dig
A photograph of students digging during an Archaeology field study
Course Information


CLST 206/3.0 - Roman Britain

HIST 332/3.0 - Medieval Britain

Teaching Methods

Speakers, group work, numerous field studies, case studies, presentations, seminars, traditional lectures and evaluations of readings.

Field Studies

Examples of Field Studies*

Fishbourne Roman Palace - one of the most important archaeological sites in England. The Roman villa  was built in the 1st century AD and discovered by workman in 1961.

Clifford's Tower in York - stands as a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century.

JORVIK Viking Centre – the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Thirty years ago the archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago.

Roman Baths - Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool.

Pevensey Castle – in the 4th century, it was one of the last and strongest of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts.  Today, two-thirds of the towered walls still stand. It was the landing place of William the Conqueror's army in 1066.

*subject to change.

Field School Information

Program Schedule 2015 Dates

May 8 – June 20

Enrolment / Deadline

15 students. Apply by March 15th, 2015

Participant Profile

Undergraduate student with Level 2 standing


$7665 CAD which includes tuition, residence and meals at the Castle, transportation and entrance fees for field studies. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, some meals during field studies, health and travel insurance, and transport to and from the UK.

Amended September 2014