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

DigVentures Lancaster

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.

Saveock opening new trench

Saveock Water Archaeology

Saveock water Archaeology is now in its 17th Season and has had a National Geographic TV documentary made of it and has featured in the world media. The site has a Mesolithic Camp by the stream a Neolithic Ritual area and a Bronze Age Metalworking area. The world media interest is in our Pagan Pits […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: 5th June to 28th July 2017. Monday to Friday | Cost: £200 per week plus an extra £25 per week if lunch is required.

Newbarns Stone-lined Medieval Drain

Newbarns Project

  Comprises 3 Kerb cairns from Neolithic to Medieval, multi settlement eras. Many prehistoric cremation burials dating from EBA to Iron Age in Galloway. Current excavation is excavating 12th-century Celto Norse Motte Hill and associated defences. Also several EBA burials. All welcome to try their hand at excavation, young or old, amateur and professional alike […]

Location: | Dates: 3rd July -23rd September 2017 | Cost: £50 per week for first 2 weeks, thereafter free, plus £20 Booking Fee (non refundable).

Meillionydd excavation 2015

Meillionydd

Meillionydd is a Late Bronze Age / Iron Age double ringwork hilltop enclosure, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in North West Wales. The site has been partially excavated by Bangor University’s School of History and Archaeology for the past seven years. The excavations in the entrance area were finished in 2015 and a cross-section […]

Location: Near Rhiw, Llŷn peninsula, North West Wales | Dates: 05/06/2017 – 28/07/2017 | Cost: Free for British volunteers, who do not need accommodation, food and transport. Prices for Field School students and volunteers requiring accommodation, food and transport are available on request. For further information also see our website at http://meillionydd.bangor.ac.uk/.

Achill CI Cromlech photo_Feat

‘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).

BamburghCastle

Bamburgh Castle and Bradford Kaims Excavations

Bamburgh Castle has been occupied since at least the Iron Age and was one of the principal royal palaces of the early medieval kings of Northumbria. BRP has been undertaking excavation in the West Ward of the castle since 2000 and are currently exploring 8th century deposits associated with high status metal-working. We believe we […]

Location: Bamburgh Castle Northumberland and Bradford Kaims (near Lucker), Northumberland | Dates: 11th June to 15th July 2017 | Cost: £300.00 per six day week (includes camping and transport to and from site daily)

Poulton Skeleton 2

Poulton Research Project

The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials. Continual […]

Location: Poulton, Cheshire | Dates: Easter Season 10-21 April. Summer Season 26 June – 25 August. | Cost: £190 for one week. £380 for two weeks. Discounts are available for booking 3, 4, and more weeks.

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).