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Cotswold archaeology, archeoscan

United Kingdom – Archaeology in the Cotswolds

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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24/09/21 27/09/214 days £750 ex. flights £215Tony Roberts8 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Anthony (Tony) J Roberts 1

Accompanied by an expert

Passionate local archaeologist, Tony Roberts will join the group

Dig site, Cotswolds, Archeoscan 2

Hands-on dig

Explore for relics left behind by the Roman occupation of Corinium Dobunnorum

Corinium Museum, Cirencester 3

Museum visit

Learn about the local history and archaeological finds during a visit to the Corinium Museum

Chedworth Roman Villa, Cotswolds 4

Roman ruins

Explore Chedworth Roman Villa, one of Britain’s largest discovered Roman villas

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  • Day 1

    Cirencester

  • Day 2

    Corinium Museum and Chedworth Roman Villa

  • Day 3

    Dig site

  • Day 4

    Cirencester

Day 1

Cirencester

On arrival, check into your centrally located hotel, take a wander down charming blackjack street or visit the local market place. In the evening, enjoy a welcome meal with the group.

Day 2

Corinium Museum and Chedworth Roman Villa

In the morning, walk to the Corinium Museum where Tony will join you to discuss the local exhibits and talk about the history of the town. From here visit some of the local sites with Tony including the Roman amphitheatre remains. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Chedworth Roman Villa.

Day 3

Dig site

Drive to the local dig site where Tony will be on hand to explain the plan for the day. Tools will be provided.

Day 4

Cirencester

Check out of your hotel and return home or continue to your next destination.

Roman Cirencester
Roman Cirencester

Roman Cirencester

Cirencester’s history dates back to the invasion of Britain by the Emperor Claudius in AD 43. In about AD 75, a town was established as the administrative centre for the British tribe known as the Dobunni. Their tribal centre was formerly at Bagendon, some four miles north of Cirencester. The new centre, now known as Cirencester, was formally called Corinium Dobunnorum. By the 2nd century, it was the second largest town in Britain, covering 240 acres, with a population of up to 15,000, not far short of the quaint towns population today. At the height of its success, it must indeed have been an impressive city. Excavations over the years have shown the presence of wide colonnaded streets, imposing public buildings including the second largest Amphitheatre in the country, which we will visit on the tour, and richly furnished private houses, many decorated with fine mosaics.

Corinium Museum, Cirencester
Corinium Museum interior

Corinium Museum

The Corinium museum, located in the heart of Cirencester, will take you on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day.

One of the highlights of the museum is the Tetbury Hoard that was excavated by Tony Roberts, your private guide for the tour, he will be able to give an insight into the process of painstakingly digging out the find and the cataloguing of the individual coins.

Chedworth Roman Villa, Cotswolds
Chedworth Roman Villa, Cotswolds

Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa was discovered by accident in 1864, when a gamekeeper found fragments of paving and pottery on the bank of soil which covered what is now referred to as room 32. The importance of these finds were recognised by James Farrer who uncovered most of the buildings now visible over a period of two years at the expense of the then owner, the Earl of Eldon, who also provided the Museum and roofing for some of the structures. In 1924, the site was bought for The National Trust by means of subscriptions raised largely by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Since that time, further discoveries have been made such as a child’s coffin in 1935, the excavation of Room 4 in 1954 and a series of excavations by Sir John Richmond from 1958 until his death in 1965. The site today looks different from how it would have looked in the Roman period. The vegetation of the area now largely comprises of modern plantations and at the time when the villa was built the trees were probably less dense than they are today.

Dig site, Cotswolds, Archeoscan
Dig site, Cotswolds, Archeoscan

At the dig

Arrive at the dig site around 10 am, where you will be joining a group of around 12 others who will be helping Tony excavate his most recent archaeological site. This is located in the north of the Cotswolds on the edge of a Saxon village but previous excavations have provided some Roman remains. Having previously conducted a geophysical survey Tony knows that there is a structure of some kind however this could be Roman, Medieval or earlier.

Who knows what you may be digging up, flint tools, mosaic tiles, buckles or coins all of which have been found on previous dig sites. All finds will be carefully cleaned, catalogued and studied to further advance the knowledge of the local region.

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Low Activity
Single Supplement

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Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by archaeologist, Tony Roberts
  • Entrances to sites and museums visited
  • Welcome dinner on day 1
  • Lunches on days 2 and 3
  • Centrally located accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Transport

What is excluded

  • Drinks with meals
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

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