Location: Truro, Cornwall
Dates: 5th June to 28th July 2017. Monday to Friday
Cost: £200 per week plus an extra £25 per week if lunch is required.
Age: 14 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. No top age limit as there is always some work available on site.
Training / Experience: No experience necessary, full training provided.
Accommodation: No accommodation but student recommended camp site and B&B’s on our website
Organization: Saveock Water Archaeology
Name: Jacqui Wood
Address: Saveock Water Archaeology, Saveock Mill, Greenbottom, Truro TR4 8QQ Cornwall
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07785908209 / 01872560351


Opening up a new trench. (Photo: Jacqui Wood).

Saveock water Archaeology is now in its 17th Season and has had a National Geographic TV documentary made of it and has featured in the world media.

The site has a Mesolithic Camp by the stream a Neolithic Ritual area and a Bronze Age Metalworking area. The world media interest is in our Pagan Pits which date from 1640 to the 1970’s. These ritual deposits have not been written about, and until we excavated, were an unknown belief system. No experience is needed as we teach on site and have workshops so if the weather is wet we can do post-excavation work.

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  1. Barbara Sanders
    April 26, 2007 @ 12:15 pm


    Amazing opportunity to investigate many periods. At Saveock you never know what extraordinary finds will appear, or mysteries unfold – or remain a mystery. Unique swan-feather pits from later Middle Ages, mesolithic artefacts, stone tools, ritual pools….. the possibilities are endless. Lovely rural site, super people. I’m going for my 3rd season.


    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Be prepared for the unexpected – evidence of human acitivity over many periods.


  2. Leslie Dodd
    May 7, 2007 @ 12:15 pm


    A great place to enjoy archaeology. Lots to do and good people to do it with!


    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Go and have a good time.


  3. Ryan 'Smudge' Smith
    May 15, 2007 @ 12:16 pm


    This site is a multi-occupational site, set in an idylic landscape of a small valley cut in half by a large stream… the site covers six acres containing material from the Mesolithic (if not earlier) to the 18th Century. Facilities are on site and equipment is provided to those people who don’t have their own, friendly people on site and your not treated as an earth mover…

    An added bonus is the surrounding area, if you’ve got the time and the inclanation Cornwall is a great place to visit, and the local beaches are stunning….


    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Make sure you take a hat and sun cream….


  4. Linnea Glynne-Rule
    May 23, 2007 @ 12:16 pm


    I have so much enjoyed working at this site and the opportunities it has given me. I have learnt so much and even had help with my studies.

    Being multi-period you have the opportunity of learning about a whole range of arcaheology.

    Jacqui Wood is a well known lecturer, author, and experimental archaeologist. The experimental archaeology adds another dimension to the experience.


    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? If you want to dig in beautiful surroundings this is it. You have the opportunity to enter into all sorts of archaeological discussions whatever your experience. Don’t be afraid of asking questions and making observations – they will be treated seriously.


  5. Eileen Holttum
    July 28, 2007 @ 12:17 pm


    Creative possible scenarios are discussed, Jackie’s approach is a fascinating combination of sound knowledge and experience combined with occasional flights of fancy ..This was my first dig, the site had a great deal of diversity, the lunches were tasty & filling and the area full of interesting industrial archeology. A useful introduction.


    Would you recommend it? Yes
    What is your top bit of advice? Free you mind to range over 1000s of years of archeological puzzles. Divergent thinking comes into its own here.


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