medieval archaeology field school

The Northwestern IPD Field Studies in Archaeology: Medieval Worlds program is a summer field archaeology experience, which introduces students to the culture, economy, and society of medieval Europe through an exploration of material evidence – landscapes, buildings, and objects – in the English countryside. In Summer 2014, students will join an existing international research collaboration with the University of Southampton, in partnership with the National Trust, to uncover the significance of Ightham Mote and Knole, two historical sites from the 14th and 15th centuries. Students will also conduct archaeological fieldwork at Basing House, a major Tudor palace and castle. Through structured fieldwork, presentations, and discussions of medieval castles, palaces, and other monuments, students will receive practical training in archaeological field methods and experience the culture of medieval Europe.


The field class will be based at Knole and Ightham Mote, in the middle of the Kent countryside, about 45 miles east of central London. Knole is one of the great treasure houses of England and home to furniture, portraits, textiles and silver from the royal palaces. Ightham Mote is a 14th century moated manor house, which has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Both sites are part of a large conservation project by the National Trust, and both sit within a large expanse of the surrounding parkland.


Students will stay at the Outridge Base Camp, a hostel-style accommodation with two bedrooms (assigned by gender) and communal kitchen, dining, and living areas, provided by the National Trust. A cook, assisted by students on a rotating basis, will prepare meals and bag lunches on workdays. Students will need to purchase and prepare their own meals on the weekends.


Both courses are taught by Matthew Johnson.
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