Down Farm, Cranborne Chase: Practical Archaeology Courses 2004-2008

Training Digs: Practical Archaeology Training Course at Down Farm, Sixpenny Handley (2004-2008)

Between 2004 and 2008, Wessex Archaeology ran a series of very successful five day courses at Dr Martin Green’s farm on Cranborne Chase, “one of the most carefully studied areas in western Europe”. The Down Farm landscape includes parts of the Dorset Cursus and Ackling Dyke, Bronze Age barrows and Roman and Iron Age buildings. It is a rich, multi-period site in a wonderful setting.

Dig Diaries

Archaeological Reports


Here are a selection of photos from the 2008 course:


The course included instruction and practice in site surveying, excavation, recording (the production of both written records and scale drawings) and finds processing.
During the week there were lectures and workshops on environmental sampling, pottery analysis, faunal remains (bones) and surveying techniques.