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Druce Farm Roman Villa

Druce Farm Roman Villa

East Dorset Antiquarian Society and Dorset County Museum would like to offer schools the opportunity to experience archaeology in action at the site of the Roman villa at Druce Farm, near Dorchester.

This is a one-off opportunity to see the process of excavating a site under the guidance of experienced archaeologists.  Pupils will have the exciting opportunity to handle real Roman finds – in fact, they may be the first to touch them since Roman times! The site is of historical importance and has been recognised by the Association of Roman Archaeology. A monograph on the site is to be published and an article can be found at http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/2014/06/a-new-roman-villa-for-dorset

The site will be open to schools weekly on Tuesdays from 26th May 2015 to 28th July with the exception of week commencing 13th and 20th June 2015 when the site will be closed.  Both morning and afternoon sessions will be available.

Visit options

Option 1:  1.5 hours – maximum 20 students – to include:

  • An introductory talk
  • A tour of the excavations
  • An opportunity to look at some of the finds excavated from the site
  • A closer look at some of the tesserae from the site
  • Younger children will also have the opportunity to take part in a ‘mock’ excavation.

Option 2:  As above, plus a morning or afternoon at Dorset County Museum to explore the Archaeology Gallery (at a cost of £3 plus VAT per student) and a visit to the Roman Town House, Dorchester (free of charge). Please note that a tour of the Town House can be arranged at a cost of £5 plus VAT per student.

Session times: 10.30am-12.00pm or 2.00-3.30pm

Follow-up visits

Follow up visits to Druce Farm can be arranged for small groups of students (maximum 6) who demonstrate a keen interest in the site excavations.

Session times: 10.30am-1.00pm or 2.00-4.00pm

For more information contact Emma Talbot, Education Officer on 01305 756832 or education@dorsetcountymuseum.org

East Dorset Antiquarians Society Excavation of Druce Farm Roman Villa