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MURRAY COOK

(Rampart Scotland, Balbithan Landscape Project) 1) What qualities do you look for in a digger? The most important quality is that they want to be there, they are keen to explore the past, to be the first to see or touch something in hundreds or thousands of years. However, they should be physically fit and […]

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PAUL WILKINSON

(Kent Archaeological Field School)   1) What qualities do you look for in a digger? Care and diligence for detail.   They should be aware of why they are digging, and what it is they are digging too, and be prepared to record everything as they progress.   2) What items of equipment would you […]

Welcome!

Nothing beats the excitement of hands-on archaeology, and with the new digging season almost upon us, there is no time to lose. This is a chance to get practical experience, either before heading off to university, or putting into practice what has been studied in theory. But for most, this is simply a glorious way […]

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Personal Dig Checklist

When you are about to embark on a dig, it’s a good idea to double check you have everything you might need – below is a quick checklist with the essentials. Travel and Money Preparation: Travel tickets and insurance Maps, directions and phone numbers Appropriate jabs and medications   Packing for Projects – essentials Functional […]

The Stones of Stonehenge

Tim Darvill and Geoffrey Wainwright’s research focuses on the very stones of Stonehenge. Here, they give us an insight into their 2008 excavation at Stonehenge and ten years of fieldwork in and around the Bluestone quarries in the Preseli Hills of north Pembrokeshire. Previous analysis of Stonehenge has focussed on its layout and construction, chronology […]

University of Birmingham – Dig for Shakespeare

  Dig for Shakespeare The University of Birmingham Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity is an internationally acclaimed research community that brings archaeology and heritage to life. Our research and projects are exciting and diverse, and most recently have involved digging up Shakespeare! A team of archaeologists from Birmingham Archaeology are involved in the ground-breaking investigation […]

Binchester

Digging Binchester

  Former CA Editor Lisa Westcott spent an inspiring week in the trenches, brushing up on her digging skills and meeting volunteers. Last summer, I decided to go undercover as a volunteer on an excavation.  It had been quite awhile since I had been out digging, and I felt shockingly out of practice: it was […]

Survival Guide

Survival Guide to Volunteer Excavation

Are you heading out on a dig this season? If so, congratulations! Volunteers are an essential part of the excavation season — without their help, many digs would not be able to finish the scheduled work. Whether you are there to fulfil university requirements, on a holiday with family, or wanting to learn something new […]

Phoebe

Student Digs

For students doing an archaeology degree, compulsory field school experience is on the cards. Phoebe Scrivener, archaeology graduate from Sheffield University, tells you what to expect. When you are out in the field, anything can happen: expect everything from being stranded on the highest summit in the Peak District during a torrential hailstorm, to helping […]

Neolithic Temples of the Northern Isles

Stunning new discoveries in Orkney It is an artificial mound the size of five football pitches, formed of monumental stone structures and massive dumps of waste. And it is up to 5,000 years old.  Nick Card of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology describes why we may be on the brink of a radical rethink […]

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