We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: live the life of an archaeologist, uncover Britain’s mysterious past, and meet fascinating people from around the world.
Two millennia ago, the Roman Empire stretched all the way to northern England, which the Romans considered the very edge of civilization. Arbeia, the Roman fort overlooking the River Tyne and its harbor, was one of the largest and busiest supply depots of the time. Hadrian’s Wall, just four miles (6.4 kilometers) from Arbeia, marks the boundary of the Empire - Romans built it in part as protection from the region’s native inhabitants, the Brigantes and the Picts. How did these cultures coexist?
Help researchers find out by joining this excavation at Arbeia and the fascinating remnants of the town that grew up around it. You’ll get to try your hand at many different aspects of archaeology, including excavating with trowels and other equipment and surveying the site for signs of what could still be buried. You’ll also clean and label artifacts, which could range from pottery to armor to metal jewelry.
When you're not digging into the past, you and your teammates will explore Hadrian’s Wall, other ancient ruins, and the seaside town of South Shields.