Set among the stunning ruins of medieval Leiston Abbey and less than 15 miles from the famous Anglo Saxon-era Sutton Hoo, this site has remained virtually untouched for 800 years.
Little is known about the monks who founded it, or what they did to survive, but the evidence so far suggests it had a tumultuous history of flooding, burning and re-use. We’re trying to piece together the undocumented story from its remains. Research is currently focused on working out how its inhabitants used the surrounding land to survive, as well as uncovering the remains of a previously unknown prehistoric settlement.
No previous experience necessary – full training is provided. Being a a scheduled ancient monument, Leiston Abbey will give students a unique opportunity to practice their excavation skills at the highest standard. DigVentures is also IfA accredited so, whether you are a student, lifetime enthusiast, beginner or a more experienced digger, the training you receive will be of the highest quality using the latest digital recording methods… no other dig can say that! University credit is also available – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
The dig includes an evening lecture series from some of the UK’s best known archaeologists. From media, to pottery and everything in between, DigVentures’ evening lectures are all included in the dig. And for those who want to get some specialist skills, there’s also the option to join some extra masterclasses. Previous subjects have included medieval ceramics, archaeological photography and 3D imaging.
The dig is open to students and members of the public through DigVentures’ crowdfunding network.
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