Go Digging!

Excavating at East Wear Bay with Canterbury Archaeological Trust. (Photo: Canterbury Archaeological Trust).

Excavating at East Wear Bay with Canterbury Archaeological Trust. (Photo: Canterbury Archaeological Trust).

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 to pass the time.

Our guide covers the full gamut of locations, periods, and types: from fieldwalking to recording and cataloguing, from early Neolithic to medieval and later there is something for everyone. Some jobs require stamina, but many do not. Young or old, fit or not, time rich or time poor, all you need is enthusiasm and a desire to get involved.

Use the options below to sort the digs by area, by cost, or by time period – whatever your budget or area of interest, there will be something to suit you. If you don’t have much time to spare try the ‘Dig for a Day’ list, or ‘All Inclusive’ if you want food and accommodation within the cost. There is also an Advice and Useful Info page that will help you know what to expect, along with advice from both diggers and supervisors, as well as a handy checklist so nothing gets forgotten!

So, if you are passionate about Prehistory, interested in the Iron Age, ruminating about Romans, or looking for a new angle on the Saxons, get out into the fresh air and discover who knows what?

In your complete guide to archaeological excavations around the country, there is no excuse not to join in: look through our list of digs, find one that suits you then enjoy getting dirty digging up the past!

Looking for a bit of inspiration? Why not try using the links below to get you started:

Dig for a Day ¦ Roman Digs ¦ Digs Suitable for Children ¦ All Inclusive Digs ¦ Completely Free Digs

Search by Location:
All AreasScotland | Wales | North East | North West | YorkshireMidlands | East | London | South East | South West | Isle of Man | Ireland | Other Ways to Get Involved | British Isles

Search by Date:
March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | All 2017

Search by Time Period:
Prehistoric | Bronze Age | Iron Age | Roman | Saxon | Medieval | TudorJacobean | Post Medieval | Multi-Period

Search by Cost:
Free | Free (membership fee required) | £1-£25 | £26-£100 | £101-£250 | £256-£500 | £500+

Search by:
Academic Credits Available | Accommodation Included | All Inclusive | Dig for a Day | Finds Processing | Suitable for Children | Experienced Diggers | Field School | Non-Excavation Courses | Interviews

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View the 2017 Digs Guide as it appears in issue 326 of Current Archaeology magazine.