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

STOKE ON TRENT MUSEUM ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY - Mucklestone

Mucklestone

A SOTMAS member and resident of Mucklestone, learned that whenever a field called “Old House Field” is ploughed, an area of dark soil emerges containing pottery sherds.  Field walking the site identified an area of darker soil with a high concentration of pottery fragments, mostly dating from the early 18th Century. In 2013 and early […]

Location: Mucklestone, Staffordshire | Dates: Beginning 8th April 2018, no end date specified | Cost: See full details below

Newbarns Stone-lined Medieval Drain

The Newbarns Project

Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns with prehistoric cremation burials on later multi settlement site up to the 13th & 14th centuries. All ages welcome to try their hand at excavation but all expenses to be paid by student/vistor alike. No disabled access.

Location: | Dates: 2nd July to 22nd September 2018 | Cost: Accommodation, food, travel and transport costs all to be met by the individual digger, but donations are more than welcome.

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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project with the primary objective of investigating 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 in […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: Sunday 1 July to Friday 10 August 2018. We work Sunday to Friday with Saturdays off. | Cost: Various depending on whether only volunteering vs doing a course; waged or unwaged; staying on campsite or off site; with or without catering. As a guide: Volunteer only, camping: £235 waged, £195 unwaged. Courses, camping: £490 waged, £340 unwaged. See website for full details.

DIGVENTURES - Coldingham

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

DIGVENTURES - Elmswell

Elmswell

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)

POLYOLBION ARCHAEOLOGY - Hanwell Park Project (1)

Hanwell Park

This will be the 6th 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 which may be the location of the famous ‘House of Diversion’ described in Robert Plot’s 1675 Natural […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: All year round, most Tuesdays and Thursdays, some additional days in the summer according to demand | Cost: Free

GALWAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL - Isert Kelly Castle

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.

ARCHEOSCAN - Various Roman Sites

Archeoscan

Archeoscan run a number of digs throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to two Roman sites in South Gloucestershire that we have explored over the past few years. Significant Roman buildings have been uncovered at each site. This year we will be continuing to explore the main domestic areas of […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2018. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £30 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

SAVEOCK WATER ARCHAEOLOGY - Saveock Water Archaeology

Saveock Water Archaeology

This is the 18th Season at this multi period site dating from the Mesolithic to 17th century pagan deposits. The dig has featured extensively on the world media and had a National Geographic Documentary made on it. The Director Jacqui Wood was listed last year in the top 2% of researchers on Academia.edu (based in […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: 4th June to 10th August 2018 | Cost: £200 per week plus an extra £25 per week if lunch is required.

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