Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex
Dates: Selected dates throughout summer, May to September, and ongoing. 2019.
Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.
Age: 16+, but suitable for children 8-15 accompanied by supervising adult.
Training / Experience: None required.
Accommodation: No.
Organization: Colchester Archaeological Group & Fordham History Society
Name: Michael Hamilton-Macy (Fordham History Society)
Address: N/A
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A


The Fordham Hall Dig continues in 2019

The Fordham Hall Dig in Progress, Summer 2018 (Credit: Frank Lockwood)

Colchester Archaeological Group and Fordham History Society, with permission from The Woodland Trust are carrying out ongoing excavations on a Roman Site at Fordham Hall, Essex.

Geophysics, field-walking, trial trenching and finds from Phase I in 2015 all suggested significant Roman activity on the site.

Phase II excavations, begun in 2016, involve open area excavation over the footprint of the suspected Roman villa.  In 2019 it is expected that excavations of the final phase of the footprint of the villa will be completed.


  1. Nicolas Balbi
    July 22, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    I am visiting in England and would like to buy only the last publication of the magazine. Could you buy it in some way to send me to my hotel? muhas thanks


    • Ariane Galy
      July 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

      Dear Nicolas

      Thank you for your message. We most certainly do sell single issues of Current Archaeology and can arrange for this to be delivered to your hotel address so that you can enjoy reading it on your holiday. They are priced at £5.50 each (including postage) and we can take payment over the telephone if you call 020 8819 5580 and speak to the subscriptions department.

      I hope this helps and that you enjoy your visit to England!

      With best wishes

      Eve @ the Subscriptions Desk


  2. James Parks
    January 30, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    Hi, will you still be on the dig at Fordham Hall or any where else in the South East in 2017? I’m now retired and would be interested in joining you on any dig you may be on, one thing though I have no experience. I’m based in Welwyn Garden City, Herts.


    • CA
      January 31, 2017 @ 10:50 am

      Hi James,
      Thank you for getting in touch. We’re currently in the process of updating our online digs listings and you can see what’s going on in the South East here: In the meantime, you can see the latest Colchester Archaeological Group events on their website:
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team


  3. Jody
    January 28, 2019 @ 6:37 am

    Hi, We are considering a holiday to the uk in April this year (2019) and would love to participate in a dig. We have a 15 year old daughter considering archaeology as a career. I also have some surveying experience, and am happy to assist your local survey team. Just wondering what opportunities are available. Thanking you jody


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