UK - Penycloddiau


The site of Penycloddiau is the second largest hillfort in Wales.  Previous work in the region suggests that the large contour types – like Penycloddiau – may be the earlier of the two hillfort types.  As a result, our excavations are seeking to date the very origins of the hillfort in western Britain.  Through our excavations at Penycloddiau, we intend to discover when and why people first began to join together in these very large community-level groups, investigating this through the excavation of the social architecture itself.  The 2014 season will focus on the ditch and outer rampart area, to enable us to dig the construction sequence of the hillfort and to investigate whether the late farm track utilized an earlier gap in the monument is the original hillfort entrance. We also plan to open a new trench (Area 3) across an associated Iron Age roundhouse – so that we can understand the everyday life of those living inside the hillfort.  

United Kingdom Penycloddiau Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools UK - Penycloddiau18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jul 20 - Aug 16 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 4,650 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Rachel Pope



Rachel Pope

Dr. Rachel Pope

Dr. Pope ( is a Lecturer at the Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Department, University of Liverpool, (UK).  For more information, click here.


“As students, we spend the majority of our time at Penycloddiau Hillfort, the excavation site, learning from an experienced and extremely friendly group of archaeologists. The staff are very approachable; they're happy and eager to answer any questions posed to them.. I feel like my money was well spent. This morning I found myself out in the field working on a real excavation, troweling through the dirt, acting as a member of a real archaeological research team. I have to be honest, I am literally having the time of my life right now. If you are looking for a proper school in archaeology, I can see no better than the field school at Penycloddiau. Given the opportunity, I would return in a heartbeat. If you are interested in conducting any CRM (cultural resource management) work back in the states, you need to check out this field school... I'm telling you right now, do not miss out on this opportunity to do some real archaeology; your academic and professional career will certainly thank you for it! Dr Rachel Pope and Rich Mason have created an environment where learning comes quick and easy. It is their passion for archaeology that really makes this school great. In addition, they are equally passionate about their students’ success. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I have them to thank for it.”

-Matt Diener, California State University San Bernardino (2013)




Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,150 USD Tuition: 4,240 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,250 USD Tuition: 4,340 USD 


Students will live in relative comfort in an outdoor center in the picturesque village of Burwardsley, Cheshire. We have a well-equipped kitchen, modest communal space, indoor toilets, showers, shared washing facilities, an outdoor seating area, and a campfire in the woods. Sleeping is in shared, single-sex bunk rooms. There is not a lot of room for storage and we request that you only bring oneitem of luggage, as space is restricted. Bedding is not provided, so please bring a sleeping bag. There is lots of outdoor space for tents, and camping is recommended for those valuing their own privacy and personal space. There is a washing machine which will be available for use on our days off.  

MEALS:  All meals will be communal and our dig chef can cater for vegetarian, vegan, and kosher diets, as well as wheat and lactose intolerance, and nut allergies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.