The Durotriges Big Dig

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Aerial photo from 2015 showing the excavation of 6 Iron Age roundhouses at Duropolis. [Image: Jo and Sue Crane]

The Durotriges Project, now in its 12th year, is run as a training school for both students and the general public, by experienced archaeological staff from Bournemouth University, fieldwork taking place on the chalk hills above Bere Regis in Dorset. To date, the Project has investigated three Iron Age settlements and four associated cemeteries together with a small Roman villa and a wide range of late Roman houses, graves and agricultural features.

In 2020 participants will get hands-on experience investigating and recording a series of freshly excavated roundhouses, ditches, storage pits and working areas comprising an extensive Late Iron Age settlement, nick-named ‘Duropolis’, which was first identified in 2015 and reported in CA 313. All training, parking at Bournemouth University and transport to site is included in the cost.

Further information, including essential kit, specific timings, and joining instructions, can be obtained by emailing [email protected]


  1. I am very interested in participating in your dig in June/July at Durotriges. Do you have any vacancies for volunteers left? I have never been on a dig and have no experience so am a complete novice.
    I look forward to your reply
    Scilla West

  2. Dear Scilla,

    The Durotriges Project provides training, so being a novice is fine!

    More information on this project can be found on their website, and you can call or email them for further details. They will also be able to tell you whether there are still places left, and how to take part – all the contact details are now provided in the box at the top of the page.

    I hope this helps!

    Current Archaeology

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