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Bridge Farm Roman Settlement

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Participants excavating the Bridge Farm settlement
Bridge Farm Excavation

Bridge Farm is a Romano-British settlement enclosed by double-ditch defences discovered in open farmland in 2011. Excavation since 2013 has revealed a road network, a possible aisled building, a stone-lined well, a series of industrial hearths and a wealth of postholes, pits and ditches; all very finds-rich with deeper features also producing organic finds such as carved timbers. On 4th December 2019, the project featured in BBC4’s ‘Digging For Britain’. 2022 sees a return to trench 7 in the very centre of the enclosed settlement. The site and adjacent HQ building and campsite are on an arable farm within walking distance of the village of Barcombe with its general store and pub.

There is an experienced team headed by director Rob Wallace to guide novice diggers and a well-coordinated finds team for those wishing to do processing. We endeavour to include everyone in all aspects of site investigation and recording. The comprehensive undergraduate-level training course seeks to cover all aspects of practical fieldwork offering geophysics, surveying, recording, drawing, photography, environmental and general finds processing, as well as excavation, on this regionally important site. The course, whilst open to individuals, forms part of the Honours degree programme of Canterbury Christ Church University.


Location: Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills, near Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5BX
Region: South East
Time period: Roman
Accommodation provided: Campsite adjacent to site headquarters building with hot showers, flushing toilets, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and rest room.
Level of experience required: No previous experience required
Academic credit available: The comprehensive undergraduate-level training course (May 30 – June 10) seeks to cover all aspects of practical fieldwork offering geophysics, surveying, recording, drawing, photography, environmental and general finds processing, as well as excavation, on this regionally important site. The course, whilst open to individuals, also forms part of the Honours degree programme of Canterbury Christ Church University. If trainees are camping, they can arrive on the Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th May.
Extra on-excavation activities: There is an experienced team headed by archaeologists Rob Wallace and David Millum to guide novice diggers and a well-coordinated finds team for those wishing to do processing. We endeavour to include all aspects of site investigation and recording.
Age limit: Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Dates: May 30 – July 8, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: Volunteering – £30 for 5 days, £50 for 10 days, £100 for season or £50 per week if camping. Training course – £600 (campsite included).
Contact name: Rob Wallace (Project Director)
Contact address: Village Shop and Post Office, High Street, Barcombe, Lewes, BN8 8DH
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: www.culverproject.co.uk
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