Location: Elmswell Farm, Yorkshire
Dates: 14th to 26th August 2018
Cost: £165 per day / £625 per week
Age: Families with children aged 11 and under can join DigCamp (18th August 2018). Children aged 12-16 can join the main dig if accompanied by an adult who is also digging.
Training / Experience: None experience necessary – beginners and experienced pros are equally welcome!
Accommodation: No, but there is a range of accommodation in the area from camping to B&Bs
Organization: DigVentures
Name: Johanna
Address: N/A
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 03330 113 990


Last year’s excavation at Elmswell revealed a medieval village. In 2018, excavation will focus on Roman remains [Photo Credit: DigVentures]

Elmswell Farm has the potential to become one of Yorkshire’s most important multi-period sites.

Over the years, it has produced an embarrassment of archaeological riches – Roman coins, Anglo-Saxon burials, Bronze Age weapons, a cache of stone tools, and the remains of an abandoned medieval village that’s so well preserved you can still see its crofts, tofts and holloways from the air.

It has strong historical links with the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Deira, traces of an Iron Age settlement, and evidence of some impressive Roman ruins.

In 2017, we began exposing the medieval village, finding buildings, ceramic vessels, dress pins, spindle whorls and plenty more.

Each year, we aim to open a new area of excavation and in 2018 our focus will be on the Roman remains. There’s clearly something important here, and our aim is to find out what!

DigVentures runs multiple crowdfunded excavations around the country, and is a CIfA-endorsed fieldschool.

Our excavations are open to all levels of experience. You’ll receive our signature skills training, be able to try advanced techniques and excavate, record and interpret your finds alongside our friendly archaeologists.

Always wanted to try archaeology? Want to improve your skills? Now’s your chance to join the DigVentures community and be part of research at some of the UK’s most exciting sites!

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  1. lin middleton
    June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

    hi I want to get my partner an archaeological dig experience as a birthday gift. would this be possible ? maybe at the Elmswell site? if so, I see that it is in Aug so would there be children during this month ?


    • The CA Team
      June 25, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

      Hi Lin,

      Great idea for a birthday gift! The best thing to do is to get in touch with the dig directly – their contact details are all at the top of this page, and they will be able to answer your questions regarding the excavation.

      Best wishes,

      The CA Team


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