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England-Archaeology Study Abroad


Howard Community College (HCC), in Columbia and Durham University, UK, are uniting to provide students with a unique opportunity to undertake training in archaeological excavation and artifact interpretation at a site of European significance. You will be working alongside students from Durham University in excavating the remains associated with the Late Iron Age settlement landscape at Bagendon c. 2nd Century BC-1st Century AD. The project is directed by Dr. Tom Moore (Durham University) and Co-Directed by Dr. Laura Cripps (HCC). Students and Directors will live in self-catering cottages on a farm close to the Bagendon site and together will work, eat, socialize, take day excursions and discuss archaeology!

The Site:The Bagendon ‘oppidum’ complex, Gloucestershire offers a window on the nature of power and society immediately before and after the Roman conquest. Despite their potential, most such ‘oppida’ (proto-urban towns) and their role in the emerging civitates (Roman towns) of the first century AD are poorly understood. Through a variety of methods, including excavation and geophysical survey, this project aims to contextualize the earlier investigation of the Bagendon oppidum within a wider understanding of the nature of activity in the complex.   


You will be spending three weeks in England, and will be working 5-6 days a week on the excavation, depending on the weather. Occasional local excursions to Cirencester and nearby sites of interest (churches etc.) will take place in the evenings. Three day long excursions have been organized for the weekends. These are summarized below:

1) Stonehenge and the Stonehenge Landscape
     a. Entry in to Stonehenge
     b. Visits to associated monuments; Avebury, West Kennet long barrow, Silbury Hill and Woodhenge.
     c. Picnic and a coffee in Avebury.
2) Oxford: City of Dreaming Spires 
     a. Tour of Oxford (lead by the Program Director), including the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, visit to the Eagel and Child frequented by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and Christ Church College. 
3) The Cotswold
     a. Visit chocolate-box Cotswold villages, rual medieval churches, a ruined abbey and the grave of Winston Churchill.


This study abroad program can be taken for college credit or as a non-credit experience. All students must attend a two-morning training course (9am-12pm) the week prior to departure. Students taking the program for college credit will earn three credits for ANTH 110 that can be used as a Social and Behavioral Sciences Core or an Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core. Credit seeking students will be assessed during their training course and via a journal and two essays, to be completed on their return to the U.S. All participants, including those taking the program for non-credit, are expected to participate in all activities of the program. As spaces are limited, all interested students must meet with the program director and fill out a short questionnaire before applying for the program.


The cost of the program (not including the cost of taking courses for credit*) is $3,550*.

 The $3,550* cost includes:
• Round-trip airfare to the UK
• Ground transportation - to and from airport in England, site and scheduled day excursions
• Accommodations
• Most meals
• Trowels and equipment
• A two morning training course, prior to departure, on archaeological methods and techniques.

This program will be limited to 11 participants.

* HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the program fee up to 10% due to increased program costs, increased flight costs, and/or, currency fluctuations.


Laura Cripps
Phone: 443-518-4554


$500 Non-Refundable due: at registration
Initial payment due: January 18, 2013
Final payment due: February 15, 2013

The cost of taking the two courses for credit in connection with this program is extra, and in addition to, the cost of the program.

Note: If you do not make payments on time you will automatically be dropped from the program and will not be able to re-register.

Contact Program Director, or
International Education Office, CL 113
Howard Community College
Phone: 443-518-1640
Fax: 443-518-4571

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