University Centre Northampton students
get down to earth to uncover local village's Roman past
Students laboured in hot sun and heavy rain to uncover the remains of this very interesting rural villa complex, which includes a
very well-preserved bath-house complete with surviving hypercaust system, situated in a quiet spot on the hillside just above the
Northampton village of Nether Heyford.
Archaeology has really taken off this year at the University Centre in
Barrack Road, Northampton, with the summer term culminating in a week-long fieldwork skills programme at Whitehall Farm Roman
Villa in the first week of July.
DOWN TO EARTH: University Centre
Northampton students Harold Finn and Mary Dunkeley helping to uncover
local village's Roman past.
|Stephen Young, Director of Excavations, made the week a very informative one
in terms of local landscape development, and the Lifelong Learning students mingled with other undergraduates from Leicester as well as those from other
institutions across the UK. Together with additional volunteers from the locality,
a total in excess of 50 people took part in this exciting and important local community archaeological project.
Excavation Director Stephen Young with
student volunteers in the bath house complex.
excavation techniques, surveying, finds analysis and archaeological
drawing skills, all under the supervision of Kate Brimblecombe, who
has been running an introductory course in archaeology at Barrack Road
since September 2001 and is the new Course Director for the
Certificate of Higher Education in Archaeology which will be running
at the Centre from the Autumn.
INSIGHT ON SITE: (left to right)
School student Linda Lewcock,
Supervisor Dave Hayward, and
Tutor Kate Brimblecombe
Said Kate: "When the course was finished, the students told me that they had had a very
good grounding in the basics of field archaeology, and plenty of opportunity
to get the feel of it. They all came away from the week feeling that they
understood the basics of a dig and what you have to do on one. They had
gained valuable insight into the problems and pitfalls af archaeology, and
the need for patience and scrupulous good practice, careful observation and
methodical approach. As one student said: 'On the whole I learnt as much as
I could hope to learn in a week, and came away feeling I had actually done
some real archaeology.'
"This is an excellent lead which students can take into the Certificate in
Higher Education, as it shows them the practical realities of archaeological
problem-solving, and feeds into the wider theoretical issues which are
taught in the lecture room."
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