Fresh plans to unearth Roman heritage in Barcombe


Fresh plans to investigate historic Roman remains in the village of Barcombe will be unveiled shortly.

A long-running research excavation at the bath house discovered in a field near St Mary’s Church has sadly been back-filled.

But now the newly launched Sussex School of Archaeology says work at the important site will resume soon, with plans already in the pipeline.

The school has been formed in the wake of the closure last year of the University of Sussex adult education department, which meant archaeology training was no longer available to the public.

The new venture will fill the gap, offering courses to the public and more specialised training for amateur and professional archaeologists.

The school is run by Chris Butler Archaeological Services Ltd, under his direction, and managed by Lisa Jayne Fisher. Academic director is David Rudling.

Course tutors are all specialists, most of whom taught recently at the University of Sussex, and are highly experienced in their fields.

A series of day schools, evening classes and trips will be run, together with practical training courses to suit the interested armchair archaeologist as well as the keen amateur or professional looking to enhance their existing knowledge and skills.

The programme for 2013 can be found in the course brochure, which can be downloaded with a booking form at

The school is looking for volunteers to come forward for the Barcombe bath house project. A spokesperson said: “Roles ranging from excavators to finds supervisors need to be filled. So for those of you looking to fill a gap in your CV, please contact us and receive a very warm welcome.”

Email info@sussexarchaeology or call 01323 811785.

The spokesperson continued: “We have some exciting ideas about future projects and will be seeking to gain accredited status for our courses so that students can use the credits as currency to further their education at higher educational establishments.

“We would really love to hear from anyone if they have ideas for courses they would like to see continue or suggestions for new ones.”

Other school projects will take place at Shoreham Fort and at the Fishbourne Roman villa – looking at the conservation of the famous mosaics.