Fieldwork advice

Skulls

Digging A Future

Archaeology graduate Emma Watts-Plumpkin left university in the summer — but not before being bitten by the digging bug. Here she recalls her experiences, from rooky through to old hand.     When you have never been on a dig before, it can be quite a daunting prospect. My first excavation was in my initial […]

dig-checklist

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 […]

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 […]