The Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project (CHTAP) offers Archaeology Experience Weekends to absolute beginners who would like an opportunity to:
- Excavate on a ‘live’ site, where they can make an actual contribution to archaeological investigation, and handle real artefacts from that site.
- Learn about several geophysics techniques, including setting up the equipment, preparing the survey area, the surveying process and reviewing the results of the survey. We hope to provide the opportunity to work with magnetometry, resistance and ground penetrating radar equipment.
The weekends, which take place during the Festival of British Archaeology, are held in July. For reports of previous weekends, please see the Informal Reports page.
Starting time each day will be 9.30; finish at 5.00 pm.
All tools will be supplied, including trowels. You will need to bring a sandwich lunch each day; tea, coffee and drinking water will be provided. Flushing toilets and wash basins are a 250 metre walk from the site. Wear suitable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and strong footwear (preferably boots).
Accommodation is not available at Copped Hall, but details of nearby B&B / hotel / hostel / camping accommodation can be viewed here. The site is just off the M25 motorway and easily accessible by car or bicycle. Though not directly on any public-transport route, a taxi firm operates a service from Epping Station on the London Underground Central Line.
Location: Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Region: London/South East
Time period: Tudor
Accommodation provided: No – for local accommodation options, see here
Level of experience required: None
Academic credit available: No
Age limit: 8+ (if you are below the age of 16, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who has also signed up for the weekend)
Cost: £60 per weekend
Contact name: Andrew Madeley
Contact address: The Copped Hall Trust, Stables Courtyard, Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: http://www.weag.org.uk/
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