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

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Vindolanda Excavations 2016

The Vindolanda Trust has been accepting volunteers on to its excavations since its foundation in 1970 and over 6700 people have benefited from this challenging experience. The Vindolanda Trust recognises the substantial contribution of its volunteer excavators to our understanding of the site, and therefore Roman Britain as a whole. At Vindolanda we are committed […]

Location: Roman Vindolanda, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7JN | Dates: 2-week periods April to September | Cost: £120 Excavation fee. £25 Friends of Vindolanda membership. £880 12 nights full board accommodation.

Oldknow

Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill

A hands-on opportunity to help excavate the remains of Samuel Oldknow’s Mansion, Mellor Lodge. It forms part of his Mellor Mill industrial complex. The Mill stood on the banks of the River Goyt for 100 years before fire destroyed it in 1892, is one of three historic landmarks that are part of a project between […]

Location: Mellor Mill excavations, Low Lea Rd, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 | Dates: Dig each weekend, or come to our community digs: 18–22 & 25–29 April; 11–15 & 18–22 July; 30 August – 2 September. | Cost: Free, but you will need to get yourself there, and bring lunch. All equipment will be provided.

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Jacobites, Clearance and Scots!

This field school will record the historical and archaeological sites dating to the 18th Century. The location of the project is inspired by a series of ‘Grand Tours’ of Scotland. The Tours were often facilitated by the construction of new military roads in Scotland, built in an attempt to ‘open up’ the Highlands following the […]

Location: Highland Perthshire | Dates: 4th-18th June 2016 | Cost: £700

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Kildavie Excavation 2016

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: 28th August - 10th September 2016 | Cost: £450

BHAS Ovingdean

Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society – Ovingdean

Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society will be returning to a medieval site at Ovingdean, near Brighton. A banked enclosure in a field to the north of the church of St Wulfrans contains the remains of a 13th century house and cellar excavated in 2009. Subsequent excavations have revealed a series of pits and post holes […]

Location: Ovingdean, near Brighton | Dates: April to October | Cost: Free, but must be a member of the society (£15 full or £7.50 student).

Kaims

Bradford Kaims Wetland Excavation

The Bradford Kaims project has been running since 2010 and is a project run as part of Bamburgh Research Project, with collaborations from the local community and University of Stirling’s palaeo-environmentalist Dr Richard Tipping. The project was supported in 2012 by English Heritage and the National Lottery scheme. The wetland itself is known as Newham […]

Location: Lucker, Northumberland | Dates: 6th June - 30th July 2016 | Cost: £250.00 per week including camping

Achill Cromlech Students in 2015 excavating the interior of a large Middle Bronze Age building

Cromlech Tumulus, Slievemore

Achill Archaeological Field School This is our third season at the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore. So far we have discovered a large stone walled Middle Bronze Age building that is overlain by a series of small Medieval and post Medieval huts. The site is also connected to a nearby Megalithic tomb by a pre bog […]

Location: Slievemore, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland | Dates: 9th May - 2nd July 2016 | Cost: Between €695 and €4750 (depending on length of course and whether it is an accredited or introductory course).

Penycloddiau

Penycloddiau Archaeological Field School

From its spectacular hillfort location, this field school aims to provide students with a solid understanding of the full range of practical skills involved in the archaeological process. These include single-context stratigraphic excavation/recording, drawing plans/sections, geophysics and topographic survey, archaeological photography/illustration, finds handling and environmental sampling/processing. At 21 hectares, Penycloddiau hillfort is one of the […]

Location: Flintshire, North Wales, United Kingdom | Dates: 17th July - 13th August 2016 | Cost: $4,500

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