Fieldwork

We had fantastic fieldwork opportunities at the end of the first year. I went to Sweden to help in the excavation of a Viking boat grave - a tremendous experience.

Joe Etheridge, BA Archaeology student

No Archaeology degree is complete without a field trip.  Field trips are made to local museums, archives and archaeological sites. You will also undertake at least four weeks of excavation, fieldwork or related practical work usually during your first summer vacation.

Excavation may take you far from home, or just around the corner; over recent years Exeter students have experienced fieldwork in as diverse locations as Argentina, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, South Dakota, Texas, and here in Devon. In some cases, fieldwork may consist of archaeological work in a museum rather than excavation.

The majority of students carry out fieldwork in relation to research being carried out by academic staff and details of fieldwork locations vary each year.

Here are a few examples of recent fieldwork:

Ipplepen is the largest Romano-British settlement in Devon and the excavation of this unique site will feature in BBC 2 series Digging For Britain.

Excavation in prehistoric ‘Plains Indian’ village in South Dakota with Professor Alan Outram.

Expedition to Gault, Texas, to examine one of the oldest sites of habitation in North America.

Experimental archaeology project involving the smelting of metals in wind-powered furnaces in Sri Lanka.

Geophysical survey of ceremonial site of Taquara/Itarare people near El Dorado, Argentina.

Survey of antique buildings at World Heritage Site in Butrint, Albania.

Exploration of early iron working on Exmoor, Devon.

Excavation and survey work in Kazakhstan to explore early domestication of horses.