Be An Archaeologist: Romans at Brightwater (Sedgefield)

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Join archaeologists on an excavation to unearth a strange Roman town, and help the team figure out who built it and why.

Close to Sedgefield, there’s an entire Roman town waiting to be unearthed. But it's unlike any other Roman town in the region, and we want to know why.

So far, all the evidence shows that people lived here between AD 100 – 300, and we can clearly see that they built a large ditch surrounding an area close to the original road.

But while most Roman towns are associated with military activity, this one doesn’t seem to have a fort, and none of it is built in stone. So why is it here? What attracted its founders to this location? And who were the inhabitants?

DigVentures is running a three-week excavation to investigate, and this is your chance to help us find the answers. It's being made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Durham County Council's Archaeology Section, 'Discover Brightwater', and Durham Wildlife Trust.

Love puzzles? Always wanted to try archaeology? Join us on an excavation as we try to figure out who built it, and why!


++IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT CHOOSING YOUR DATES++

You can join the excavation for as many days as you like - whether you just want to try archaeology for a single day, or fancy getting stuck in for more (the longer you stay, the more you'll learn!)

But however long you decide to join us for, ++ YOUR FIRST DAY MUST BE A DATE MARKED WITH A DOUBLE PLUS ++. These are our 'new intake' days, when we provide training for new starters.

So, go ahead and book your dates, but make sure you start your experience with a double plus ++!

PS. This applies even if you have done archaeology before - every excavation is different, and we'll be teaching things you may not have done before... Exciting!


Who can join the excavation?

Anyone aged 12+ can join the excavation (children must be accompanied by a participating adult). No previous experience is required - everyone is welcome!

If you have any health or mobility issues, our team will do everything we can to help you have the best archaeological experience possible - just email us in advance to find out how we can help.


What will I learn?

Once you're on site, you’ll be able to choose between a range of different archaeological activities, including:

- Excavation - You'll get to dig alongside archaeologists and help the team to unearth the remains of a Roman town. You’ll learn to excavate, identify different archaeological layers, and investigate features like hearths, pits and burials.

- Finds - Archaeology isn’t just about digging! You’ll can also help the team to clean, sort, and identify the archaeological evidence, like pottery, bone, and other items, and piece them together to find out what they can tell us about the people who lived in the town.

- Recording - Once you’ve made an archaeological discovery, you need to record it! You’ll learn to take photos, draw archaeological plans (maps), and pick out the details that give archaeologists the biggest clues about how old things are, where they came from, and what they mean.

- And much, much more… Every day is different, and every day there’ll be a new archaeological puzzle to work on, a new archaeological skill to develop, and a whole load of history to help us unravel!


What's the schedule like?

Remember, this is a real excavation and every day is different - the exact activities available will vary depending on what's happening archaeologically. However, your first day will go something like this:

10:00 - Archaeological briefing and and choose your preferred activities (excavation / finds / recording etc). Please arrive in plenty of time - this is especially important on your first day.

11:00 - Morning session begins

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Afternoon session begins

16:00 - Tools down for tea and an archaeological debrief

16:30 - End of day


What do I need to bring?

We'll provide all the archaeological tools and training you'll need, plus tea and biscuits. You just need to bring a pinch of curiosity and the following items:

- Packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drinks

- Sturdy boots (walking boots, Doc Martins or similar)

- Weather appropriate clothing (waterproofs/sunhat/suncream)


Where will I find you?

On your first day, you'll need to meet us at 10am by the entrance to East Park, next to Hardwick Park.

To find us, you'll need to reach the big roundabout by the entrance to Hardwick Park, but instead of taking the exit that leads west to the Visitor Centre, take the exit that leads EAST into a field. We'll have some signs out so you'll be able to see us!

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