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Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig – The second year of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology. Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park followed by productive test pits in 2019. The Big Dig […]

Location: Alton Town Centre, North East Hampshire | Dates: July 13th to July 28th | Cost: Membership required for test pitting. £20 per year, students half price. Daily fee £6. Community element totally free. Taster days £25 (max 2).

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Petersfield Excavation

A continuation of Stroud Big Dig (2016 – 2019), Liss Archaeology are continuing exploration of the area with the focus for 2020 being in fields near Petersfield. Test pits and field walking here revealed previously unknown Iron Age/ Romano-British artefacts and features. A series of geophysical surveys have taken place as well as desktop background research including […]

Location: A field near Petersfield, North East Hampshire | Dates: August 13th to September 15th 2020 | Cost: £6 per day. Membership required (£20 per year). Full-Time Students under 25 - half price

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We Dig Wollaton Park 2020

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED Details Held annually since 2015, We Dig… Nottingham’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Trent & Peak Archaeology, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council. We Dig… Wollaton Park continues archaeological investigations of the formal gardens of Wollaton Hall, searching for evidence of buildings […]

Location: Wollaton Park, Nottingham | Dates: 13th July -14th August (Weekdays) | Cost: £45 a day for Students/ regular TPA volunteers/ 14 and 15 year olds, £50 a day general admission. Lunch and transport is not provided.

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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project. Our primary objective is the investigation of 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 […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: 28th June to 7th August | Cost: Please see our website for costs for details of our excavation and courses. www.sharp.org.uk

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool

This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger, and you will […]

Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire | Dates: Week A: 13-17 July 2020 Week B: 20-25 July 2020 Week C: 10-14 Aug 2020 Week D: 17-21 Aug 2020 | Cost: £250 per person

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Hanwell Park

This will be the 8th year of archaeological investigation into the 17th-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 based on an octagonal stone lined island which may be the location of the famous ‘House […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: Usually 2 days a week May to October, sometimes more frequently | Cost: Free, volunteers are responsible for their own transport, accommodation and food. Equipment supplied.

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Rocky Clump Phase 3

The Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society is open to all whatever their experience. You will need to be a member to participate, which is £20 full or £10 student, and are advised to have a current tetanus. You can join via the website www.brightonarch or come along to an event and fill in an application […]

Location: Upper Lodges Car Park, Ditchling Road, above Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9QB | Dates: Two days a week from 4th April 2020 until Mid-October 2020: Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm. | Cost: Free, but must be a member of the society in order to attend ALL activities: the annual membership fee is £20 per adult and £10 per student.

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Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. In its heyday Bamburgh was the principal palace-fortress of the early medieval Kings of Northumbria a role for which it has become increasingly famous in […]

Location: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland | Dates: 21st June to 24th July | Cost: Cost £280.00 per week and includes transport to and from site from campsite (accommodation booked separately).

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Archeoscan

PLEASE NOTE SOME OF ARCHEOSCAN’S 2020 EXCAVATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED – SEE THE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS Archeoscan run a number of digs open to members of the public throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to at least two Roman sites. In April, our first dig will focus on the […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2020. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £35 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

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The Colemore Project Spring Excavation

Colemore is in the west of the South Downs National Park with a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement. Eleven seasons of excavations, test pits, desk-based research and geophysical survey reveal a complex settlement of enclosures and habitation dating mainly to the Romano-British (RB) with glimpses of the Iron Age (IA). Buildings include a […]

Location: North East Hampshire | Dates: 28 May - 30 June. The site is closed on Wednesdays. | Cost: £6 per day. Membership required (£20 per year). Full-time students under 25 - half price. Taster Days £20 (max 2)

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