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

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.

SWAT ARCHAEOLOGY - Kent Archaeological Field School

Kent Archaeological Field School

Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2018 will include: Field Walking and Map Analysis March 30th to Saturday 31st March 2018 – Easter Friday Field work at its most basic involves walking across the landscape recording features seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recording artefacts found […]

Location: various | Dates: various | Cost: various

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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

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Cata Sand

Cata Sand, Tresness Chambered Tomb & Loth Road Bronze Age House

Archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Galicia, Spain and University of Cambridge, have now concluded that the structural remains are those of an Early Neolithic house (c.3400-3100BC) with associated occupation deposits, hearth and stone walls. You are […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 7th July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: N/A

TRENT AND PEAK ARCHAEOLOGY - We Dig The Castle

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)


UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Ness of Brodgar

Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares at the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well preserved and sophisticated complex of monumental stone buildings enclosed by walls that are 6 metres thick; built and occupied by people over 5,000 years […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 4th July to 22nd August 2018 | Cost: N/A

CITIZAN - Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Project

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Project

  Now entering our fourth summer season of survey, citizan works around the coast of England to record archaeology at risk of erosion in the intertidal zone. With regional teams based in York, Portsmouth and London we work on one of the largest archaeological sites in the country. From Neolithic footprints and Bronze Age trackways […]

Location: Various, along England’s coastline | Dates: Various dates from April 2018 | Cost: Free - transportation. Accommodation and lunches not included (although volunteers can claim expenses)

FALKIRK COUNCIL ARCHAEOLOGY SERVICE - Kinneil

Kinneil

This season’s excavation will explore the 17th century designed landscape of Kinneil Park. The House was owned by the Dukes & Duchesses of Hamilton and was erected by the Earl of Arran in the 1560s. The grounds were laid out afresh in the 1690s and included a series of features, such as the walled garden, […]

Location: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, Falkirk | Dates: 21st July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: None. Transport & food not provided.

CAERLEON SAMIAN GROUP - Roman Samian Pottery Workshops

Roman Samian Pottery Workshops

National Museum Wales holds pottery workshops in Cardiff during the year. That in the autumn of 2018 will be working on Roman samian stamps from Wales and on plain samian from various Welsh sites. An enthusiasm for Roman pottery and a willingness to learn are the main requirements, rather than any specific knowledge of pottery. […]

Location: National Museum Wales | Dates: Autumn 2018 | Cost: Free. Participants need to register as Museum volunteers

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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.

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