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Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig – The second year of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology. Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park followed by productive test pits in 2019. The Big Dig […]

Location: Alton Town Centre, North East Hampshire | Dates: July 13th to July 28th | Cost: Membership required for test pitting. £20 per year, students half price. Daily fee £6. Community element totally free. Taster days £25 (max 2).

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Petersfield Excavation

A continuation of Stroud Big Dig (2016 – 2019), Liss Archaeology are continuing exploration of the area with the focus for 2020 being in fields near Petersfield. Test pits and field walking here revealed previously unknown Iron Age/ Romano-British artefacts and features. A series of geophysical surveys have taken place as well as desktop background research including […]

Location: A field near Petersfield, North East Hampshire | Dates: August 13th to September 15th 2020 | Cost: £6 per day. Membership required (£20 per year). Full-Time Students under 25 - half price

Sedgeford Dig

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project. Our primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the north-west Norfolk parish of Sedgeford. Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and is firmly rooted […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: Excavation season runs from 30th June to 9th August | Cost: Excavation volunteer – Full £235, Concession £195, Offsite £110. Courses – Full £430, Concession £340, Offsite £290

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool

This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger, and you will […]

Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire | Dates: Week A: 13-17 July 2020 Week B: 20-25 July 2020 Week C: 10-14 Aug 2020 Week D: 17-21 Aug 2020 | Cost: £250 per person

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Hanwell Park

This will be the 7th. year of archaeological investigation into the seventeenth-century gardens at Hanwell Castle, part of a programme of doctoral research with the University of Oxford. We will be concentrating on the excavation of a water parterre based on an octagonal stone lined island which may be the location of the famous ‘House […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: All year round, usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. | Cost: Free

Bamburgh Castle Dig

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. In its heyday Bamburgh was the principal Palace-fortress of the early medieval Kings of Northumbria a role for which it has become increasingly famous in recent years through Bernard Cornwell’s Uhtred books and TV series. The excavations are set within the castle […]

Location: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland | Dates: June 16th to July 27th 2019 | Cost: Cost £280.00 per week and includes transport to and from site from campsite.

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Archeoscan

Archeoscan run a number of digs open to members of the public throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to at least two Roman sites. In April, our first dig will focus on the wider hinterland of the main building of a large Roman site that we have been excavating for […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2020. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £35 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

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The Colemore Project Spring Excavation

Colemore is in the west of the South Downs National Park with a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement.  Ten seasons of excavations, test pits, desk-based research and geophysical survey reveal a complex settlement of enclosures and habitation dating mainly to the Romano-British (RB) with glimpses of the Iron Age (IA).  Buildings include a […]

Location: North East Hampshire | Dates: Thursday 25th April- Tuesday 21st May. The site is closed on Wednesdays. | Cost: £6 per day. Membership required (£15 per year) Students half price. Taster Days £20 (max 2)

Fordam Hall Dig

Fordham Hall Phase II

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 […]

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.

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Saveock Water Archaeology

This is the 19th season at Saveock Water which is a multi-period dig from the Mesolithic to the 17thcentury which has been featured in the world media and in a National Geographic documentary on its 17th century pagan deposits . The earliest part of the site is a Mesolithic camp then a Neolithic ritual site […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: Monday to Friday from the 1st July to the 16th August 2019. | Cost: £200 per week.

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