Monday, 18 June 2018

Have we been missed?


What with the football and all the political turmoil you might be forgiven for thinking that Dorchester did not have its fair share of drama this year. However, we have (also) kicked off – the Discovering Dorchester Project is up and running for its final year!

Please see below some of the pictures below of our poppy strewn field. There is not too much to report at this stage, this is very much the time of watching our site slowly begin to reveal itself beneath the soil we put back in last season (as those of you who have been following us for years will know). But, what I can say is that the weather was fine and we are mainly concerned at the moment with working out the edges of our trench.

We are quite close to the centre of Dorchester on Thames, among the allotments, and would welcome visitors at any time. Please come to say hello if you are in the area!




Monday, 22 January 2018

Discovering Dorchester is open for registration for the 2018 season

Hello all,

Even though I’s gazing out at another rainy, grey day, but I am pleased to announce that the Dorchester on Thames excavation is now open again for registration!

This is the last year of the Discovering Dorchester project and we would love to have as many new and old faces there as possible.

We need to work out the tricky stratigraphy around our pit complexes in the north of the site and burrow our way through those greyish green silts that emerged below the Roman road – so there is still a lot to do.

The dates this year are 24th June – 6th July for the undergraduate field school, and 8th – 13th and 15th – 20th July for Weeks A and B (respectively) of the Public/Continuing Education dig. I hope that some of you can make these times.

There is a slight change this year. Could I direct all your queries and interested emails to the dig’s official email:

Whether you are an undergraduate looking for an excavation or wanting to get ‘in’ on one of the public fieldschool weeks, if you email then I will be more than happy to send you over the relevant documentation, including the information packs.

For now, though, see below a picture of the excavation from the air taken during the course of last season.

Hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to hearing from some of you,


Thomas (Assistant Director)