Operation Nightingale is a new Ministry of Defense run program which uses archaeology as a means of rehabilitating injured military personnel. The program began in September 2011 with the excavation of the Iron Age Midden at East Chisenbury, Wiltshire and has since involved the excavation of a Roman villa in in Caerwent, Wales, a Bronze Age round barrow on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire and the Roman Town at Folkestone, Kent. As well as learning various archaeological skills working at these sites, the personnel involved have also undertaken training placements at Wessex Archaeology, who are providing a considerable amount of support for the program. Furthermore, several soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Rifles in Chepstow are now undertaking distance learning degrees at the University of Leicester, who are also providing students to help supervise at excavations.
Members of Bredon Hill Archaeology have been involved in the running of Operation Nightingale and the training of the military personnel involved. We are very proud to be part of this program and will continue to provide support where necessary.
Caerwent Roman villa: April 2014