Nothing beats the excitement of hands-on archaeology, and with the new digging season almost upon us, there is no time to lose.
This is a chance to get practical experience, either before heading off to university, or putting into practice what has been studied in theory. But for most, this is simply a glorious way to pass the time.
Our guide covers the full gamut of locations, periods, and types: from fieldwalking to recording and cataloguing, from early Neolithic to medieval and later there is something for everyone. Some jobs require stamina, but many do not. Young or old, fit or not, time rich or time poor, all you need is enthusiasm and a desire to get involved.
Use the options below to sort the digs by area, by cost, or by time period – whatever your budget or area of interest, there will be something to suit you. If you don’t have much time to spare try the ‘Dig for a Day’ list, or ‘All Inclusive’ if you want food and accommodation within the cost. There is also an Advice and Useful Info page that will help you know what to expect, along with advice from both diggers and supervisors, as well as a handy checklist so nothing gets forgotten!
So, if you are passionate about Prehistory, interested in the Iron Age, ruminating about Romans, or looking for a new angle on the Saxons, get out into the fresh air and discover who knows what?
In your complete guide to archaeological excavations around the country, there is no excuse not to join in: look through our list of digs, find one that suits you then enjoy getting dirty digging up the past!
Love archaeology, but don’t fancy getting muddy?
If you’d rather feed your passion for the past from the comfort of your own home, that’s OK too! The best way to find out about the all latest discoveries from excavations across the UK is to subscribe to Current Archaeology magazine – we visit the digs and speak to the archaeologists themselves, write it all up in an informative, exciting, and accessible way, and illustrate the articles with plans and photographs from the site so you feel like you’ve been there yourself. And all this gets delivered straight to your door every month, so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home!
To find out more about subscribing to the magazine (or why not give it as a gift?), click here.
Find out where you can get involved
Looking for some inspiration? Why not try using the links below to get you started:
Academic Credits Available | Accommodation Included | All Inclusive | Dig for a Day | Finds Processing | Suitable for Children | Experienced Diggers | Field School | Non-Excavation Courses | Other Ways to Get Involved
To view the 2019 Digs Guide as it appeared in issue 350 of Current Archaeology magazine, click here.