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

DigVentures Elmswell

Elmswell Farm

What have a lost medieval village, a Bronze Age Beaker burial, sixteen Roman denari and some Anglo-Saxon pottery got in common? That’s right, they’ve all been found right here at Elmswell Farm. Choose this dig and help kick off a proper archaeological investigation. More info will be on the website soon. DigVentures is an innovative […]

Location: Elmswell Farms, Yorkshire | Dates: August 15th -20th 2017 | Cost: £165 for a one day experience, £325 for two days, £625 for one week and £1200 for the full two weeks. Students pay a rate of £420 per week.

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The Lancaster Hoard

The north west has been dismissed as a Bronze Age blank spot for far too long. Choose this dig to help set the record straight and prove that it was actually a complex ritual landscape, full of burial mounds and impressive offerings. Let’s show ‘em! DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and […]

Location: Lancaster | Dates: 12th – 17th September 2017 | Cost: £165 for a one day experience, £325 for two days, £625 for one week and £1200 for the full two weeks. Students pay a rate of £420 per week.

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Oldbury Camp

Iron Age people are famous for building enormous hill forts. Why did they spring up and what were their function? New research is showing that it really isn’t as simple as you think. Choose this dig if you want to help find the answer to one of the biggest questions about Iron Age Britain. DigVentures […]

Location: Oldbury upon Severn | Dates: June (dates to be confirmed) | Cost: £165 for a one day experience, £325 for two days, £625 for one week and £1200 for the full two weeks. Students pay a rate of £420 per week.

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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne may be one of the most iconic sites in English history, but the exact location of King Oswald’s monastery remains unknown. Last year, we found some tantalising clues, including the famous Anglo-Saxon namestone. Choose this dig to help us dig deeper into this 1,000 year old mystery. More info coming soon. Learn about last […]

Location: Lindisfarne | Dates: July 12-26, 2017 | Cost: £165 for a one day experience, £325 for two days, £625 for one week, and £1200 for the full two weeks. Students pay a rate of £420 per week.

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East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School

Our site is located on top of the cliff overlooking East Wear Bay in Folkestone, Kent, right on the edge of the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast. Unfortunately the area is prone to erosion. We are currently running an archaeological field school to record the archaeological remains at the site before they are lost forever. The site […]

Location: East Wear Bay, Folkestone, Kent | Dates: 10th July-5th August 2017. Monday-Saturday | Cost: £65 for a day experience. £240 for a week experience. £480 for 2 weeks. £540 for 3 weeks. £720 for 4 weeks. Returners and Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust are discounted (e-mail for further details).

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Little Carlton Archaeology Project

Discovered in 2011 by a metal detectorist, Little Carlton is a high status Middle Saxon site. Many of finds are characteristic of a typical Saxon settlement: domestic pins and personal items, from strap-ends and pins, to hooked tags and tweezers. Others hint at a community who enjoyed and had access to the finer things in […]

Location: Little Carlton, nr Louth, Lincolnshire | Dates: 2 two-week sessions; 1) 2nd-14th July 2) 16th-28th July | Cost: £500 per two-week session, includes food and camping.

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Blackfriary IAFS

Research and teaching excavations at the Black Friary, Trim, County Meath, Ireland, have been ongoing since 2010, The Dominican (Black) friars came to Trim at the invite of then Lord of Meath, Geoffrey de Geneville, who commissioned an enormous complex to be built. It was decorated using exotic imported materials including stone, and stained glass. […]

Location: Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland | Dates: Start dates from May 21st to July 31st 2017 available | Cost: From €1250 (tuition only). Accommodation option available. International transport and local transfers not included.

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‘Cromlech’ Roundhouse

In 2014 the Achill Archaeological Field School began work on an enigmatic monument on the slopes of Slievemore mountain, Achill Island. The monument, dubbed ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ by antiquarians, comprises an irregular mound with protruding orthostats. For over 175 years archaeologists have argued over what the site actually is. As the name suggests it was initially […]

Location: Slievemore, Achill Island, Ireland | Dates: 3 July 2017 – 11 August 2017 (option to come for 2 – 6 weeks) | Cost: €1975/ €3995 /€4850 (Course fees includes tuition, self-catering accommodation, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars and academic credit).

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Sheriffside

The 10th season of an ongoing project into East Lothian hillforts,  this season focuses on Sheriffside. Destroyed in antiquity and appearing on no maps, Sheriffside was only rediscovered in 1981. Aerial photography picked up the parch marks of a large double ditched enclosure lying under pasture land and measuring over 150m in diameter. Initial trial […]

Location: | Dates: 10th to 21st July 2017 | Cost: £795 for 2 weeks including, travel to and from site, accommodation and food; or £50 a day if you provide your own accommodation and food.

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Lincoln Archaeological Field School

Attendees will be instructed in a wide range of fieldwork skills, delivered by experienced academic and professional archaeologists. (Photo: Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln).[/caption] The Lincoln Archaeological Field School is open to volunteers who wish to gain excavation experience in a supportive and enjoyable learning environment. This summer, the Field School will continue its investigation of […]

Location: Harpswell, Lincolnshire | Dates: Monday 19th June until Saturday 15th July 2017 (inclusive) | Cost: £200 per week

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