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Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project:
Archaeology Experience Weekends 2019

Photographs and Notes on the 2018 Digging Season

The Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project (CHTAP)  offers Archaeology Experience Weekends to absolute beginners who would like an opportunity to:


                 (1) Excavate on a 'live' site, where they can make an actual contribution to the

                       archaeological investigation, and handle real artefacts from that site.


                 (2) Learn about several geophysics techniques, including setting up the equipment,

                       preparing the survey area, the surveying process and reviewing the rsults of the

                       survey. We hope to provide the opportunity to work with magnetometry, resistance

                       and ground penetrating radar equipment.


If you would like to give a friend or relative a different sort of present, then why not treat them to an Archaeology Experience Weekend - gift vouchers are now available.
For further details, or to make a purchase, please contact our Treasurer.

The weekends, which take place during the Festival of British Archaeology, are:-

                                     Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July

                                     Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July

                                     Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July


Starting time each day will be 9.30;  finish at 5.00 pm.


A professional archaeologist will introduce you to excavating, stratigraphy, methods of archaeological investigation and to the geophysics processes, and you can expect to spend most of your time actually digging or surevying, assisted by supervisors who will help you as and when needed.


People of all ages (8 years and above) and backgrounds are welcome. To make the most of the weekend you need to be reasonably physically fit.   If you are below the age of 16, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who has also signed up for the weekend. 


All tools will be supplied, including trowels.  You will need to bring a sandwich lunch each day;  tea, coffee and drinking water will be provided.  Flushing toilets and wash basins are a 250 metre walk from the site.  Wear suitable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and strong footwear (preferably boots).

Accommodation is not available at Copped Hall, but details of nearby B&B / hotel / hostel / camping accommodation can be viewed here.  The site is just off the M25 motorway and easily accessible by car or bicycle.  Though not directly on any public-transport route, a taxi firm operates a service from Epping Station on the London underground Central Line.


There is a limit to the number of people we can accept on any one weekend, so, if you decide you want to come, please fill in the BOOKING FORM and send it off promptly with a cheque for 60 GB Pounds (made payable to The Copped Hall Trust).  For further information please contact Mr Andrew Madeley: telephone 020 8491 6514, or email

Please note: to print the Booking Form click on the words BOOKING FORM to open the form and then use the printer symbol on the bar immediately above the form to print it.  Do not use the printer symbol at the top of the browser window or use File-Print as these will not work.
If you have difficulty opening the form please email and request a copy of the form.


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