Binchester Excavation Project is a five-year programme of large-scale seasonal fieldwork that began in June 2009 at Binchester Roman Fort in Bishop Auckland. The archaeological dig involves students from institutions including Durham University, Stanford University California and members of the Architectural & Archaeological Society of Durham & Northumberland.
This year the excavation will focus on an area in the east corner of the fort, exposing both defences and barracks along with an area in the civil settlement south-east of the fort.
The excavation runs from June 3 to July 26 and the site is open to visitors every weekday. There is a community archaeology element throughout July and a limited number of places may be available, depending on whether funding can be obtained (see the website for further updates). Participants must be at least 14 years old and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. There is a modest fee which includes automatic membership of the Architectural & Archaeological Society of Durham & Northumberland for one year.