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Lincoln Archaeology Field School

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The Lawn excavation site
The Lawn, Lincoln (Credit: Catherine Brown)

BGU’s Archaeology Field School is a fully accredited 4-week course that will deliver training in field archaeology and excavation skills, post-excavation finds processing, and recording data.

The Lawn is an important site in the heart of historic Lincoln. Located next to Lincoln Castle, just 150m to the west of Lincoln’s former Roman and Medieval upper walled city, the site sits on the edge of the limestone ridge that overlooks the Witham Valley. Small-scale excavations in the grounds of The Lawn were undertaken in the 1980s, and they uncovered evidence of possible pre-Roman activity in the area. Additionally, a small Roman urn excavated from the site in the mid-nineteenth century indicates that there might be a Roman cemetery at The Lawn. In the 1980s, part of a twelfth-century church was also excavated. In 1819, a ‘lunatic asylum’ was constructed on the site, which still stands today. In the 1830s, Robert Gardiner Hill and Edward Parker Charlesworth, whilst working at the asylum, were important pioneers in the treatment of patients without the use of physical restraints. The Field School is a rare and exciting opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation in the heart of historic Lincoln.


Location: The Lawn, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3BU
Region: East Midlands
Time period: Multi-period
Accommodation provided: Self-catering accommodation can be provided at extra cost
Level of experience required: None
Academic credit available: Yes, a 20 academic credit module is available
Age limit: 14+ (children aged 14-17 will need to be accompanied by an adult – the accompanying adult will receive a 50% discount on their non-residential course fee)
Dates: 4-week 20 academic credit module, June 20 – July 15; 2-week archaeological excavation and survey, June 20 – July 1; 2-week archaeological excavation and survey, July 4 – July 15
Cost: 4 weeks (20 academic credits) non-residential – £1,950; 4 weeks (20 academic credits) self-catering residential – £2,846. 2 weeks non-residential – £1,250; 2 weeks self-catering residential – £1,698. (We will provide a number of discounts for members of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, and NHS)
Contact name: Dr Derwin Gregory
Contact address: Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/archaeology-field-school-2022
Social media: 
Twitter – @bgu_archaeology

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