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View the 2017 Digs Guide as it appears in issue 326 of Current Archaeology magazine.


Les Varines

Les Varines, a Magdalenian settlement approximately 14,500 years old, is an exceptional site which has yielded thousands of stone artefacts, preserved animal bone, pits, hearths, paved areas and, most exceptionally engraved stones. These have recently gained international media attention and were featured in BBC2’s Digging for Britain. Key skills taught include excavation, recording, use of […]

Location: Jersey, Channel Islands | Dates: You have a choice of two 2-week stays with us: Field Season Part 1 (15th-29th July 2018) or Field Season Part 2 (29th July - 12th August 2018), though participants are welcome to join us for the full 4 weeks of the season. | Cost: £1250 for two weeks


We Dig the Castle

Details We Dig the Castle – first held in 2015 – is Nottingham Castle’s annual training excavation. It is a partnership between Historic England, Nottingham City Council and Trent & Peak Archaeology. We Dig the Castle offers a variety of training, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-2 week study place. […]

Location: Nottingham Castle, Nottingham | Dates: 16th July to 18th August 2018 | Cost: From £40 per day (with a range of reductions and special offers)


Scremby Osteology Field School

An archaeology field school run by the University of Sheffield. ​ The 2018 season will run in two sessions, from 1st July to 13th July, and 15th July – 27th July. Both sessions follow the same schedule. We are now accepting applications from international and UK students. Based near the village of Scremby on the […]

Location: Scremby, Lincolnshire | Dates: Two sessions: [1st to 13th July 2018] & [15th to 27th July 2018] | Cost: £1099 per two week session (inclusive of teaching, course materials, accommodation and all food)

DIGVENTURES - Coldingham


Picture this: it’s around AD 650 and the Northumbrian monastery founded on Lindisfarne by Anglo-Saxon King Oswald is rapidly rising to fame. But just across the Scottish border something else is happening; Oswald has a sister named Aebbe, and she too has founded a monastery. This historic site is fundamental to our understanding of the […]

Location: Coldingham, Berwickshire | Dates: 19th June to 1st July 2018 | Cost: £165 per day / £625 per week



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 […]

Location: Elmswell Farm, Yorkshire | Dates: 14th to 26th August 2018 | Cost: £165 per day / £625 per week

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Discovering Dorchester 2018 Fieldschool

2018 will see the Discovering Dorchester team return to the Dorchester on Thames allotments trench to investigate the archaeology of a Romano-British ‘small town’ for the last time. Dorchester is a key site in English, and indeed British, history, being one of few sites in the country where settlements dating from the late Iron Age […]

Location: Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire | Dates: Undergraduate Fieldschool: Sunday 24th June to Friday 6th July 2018 Public Fieldschools: Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July 2018 & Sunday 15th to Friday 20th July 2018 | Cost: Two week Undergraduate Fieldschool: £600 (includes food and a camping pitch). One week Public Fieldschools: £275 (not including food or accommodation)

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Kildavie Excavation

The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]

Location: Isle of Mull, Scotland | Dates: 12th to 25th August 2018 | Cost: £575 (GBP)


Isert Kelly Castle

The Galway Archaeological Field School provides students with hands-on experience of the archaeology and architecture of medieval Ireland. We specialise in this field and seek to immerse our students in the wealth of medieval castles, churches and monasteries which lie scattered across the Irish landscape. In summer 2018, we will return to Isert Kelly Castle […]

Location: Isert Kelly Castle, Kilchreest, Co Galway, Ireland | Dates: June 4 to July 27 2018 | Cost: €3,450 (for a four-week course) to include accommodation, tuition, local transportation and academic credit.


Battle Hill

Battle Hill Huntly is the latest season in a 19 year programme of research and excavation to explore the archaeology of Aberdeenshire. The project is open to anyone, and is a fun and relaxed way to explore Scotland’s amazing past! We pick you up, take you to and from site and you have your own […]

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 6th to 17th August 2018 | Cost: £800 for the two weeks, daily and weekly rates available on request.


Keem Bay and Caraun Point

Achill Archaeological Field School Keem Bay: 21 May – 29 June For the first half of the summer 2018 we will return to the pre-Famine village of Keem on the western-most tip of Achill Island. Circa 1838 there was a cluster of 40 buildings at Keem. Today there is scant trace of the settlement. Charles […]

Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland | Dates: 7th May to 7th September 2018 | Cost: From €695 per week