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

Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari

Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari is a small hillfort in a beautiful location at the northern end of the Clwydian mountains. It is about 5 miles north-east of Denbigh overlooking the village of Bodfari. In previous years we have carried out extensive survey work and excavation is ongoing. In 2018 we shall be working on trenches located at […]

Location: Bodfari, Denbighshire, North Wales | Dates: Sunday July 22nd to Friday August 3rd 2018 inclusive (middle Saturday is a day off) | Cost: Free

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 […]

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

CADW - Bryn Celli Ddu Landscape Project

Bryn Celli Ddu Landscape Project

Bryn Celli Ddu is a Neolithic passage tomb on Anglesey, in northwest Wales, and this project focuses on the landscape surrounding this famous tomb. During the last three years we have built up a picture that includes a Late Neolithic / Bronze Age cairn, a Neolithic pic circle, along with several rock art panels situated […]

Location: Bryn Celli Ddu, Llanddaniel Fab, Anglesey | Dates: 11th June to 7th July 2018 | Cost: Free

COLCHESTER ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP & FORDHAM HISTORY SOCIETY - Fordham Hall Phase II

Fordham Hall Phase II

Colchester Archaeological Group and Fordham History Society, with permission from The Woodland Trust are carrying out ongoing excavations on a Roman Site at Fordham Hall, Essex. Geophysics, field-walking, trial trenching and finds from Phase I in 2015 all suggested significant Roman activity on the site. Phase II excavations, begun in 2016, involve open area excavation […]

Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex | Dates: Selected dates throughout 2018 | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.

ENFIELD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Theobalds and Elsyng Tudor and Jacobean Palaces

Elsyng Palace

The long running excavation of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Elsyng Palace, the courtier’s palace of Sir Thomas Lovell and royal palace from Henry VIII to James I, will focus in 2018 on completing the exploration of the well preserved Tudor range sampled in previous years. Structural finds have so far included superimposed patterned brick […]

Location: | Dates: 28th May to 3rd June / 11th to 15th July / 17th to 22nd July 2018 | Cost: Free but membership of the society is required (cost £12). To be eligible membership applications must be received by 21st May for May/June excavation or 4th July for July excavation.

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Swartigill Iron Age Project

The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early […]

Location: Swartigill, Thrumster near Wick, Caithness | Dates: 23 April - 1 May 2017 | Cost: Free

Caerleon Samian Workshop

Caerleon Samian Workshop

The Caerleon teams will be working on Roman samian from Caerleon and district and on decorated ware from the samian workshops at Lezoux. An enthusiasm for Roman pottery and a willingness to learn by handling the pottery are the main requirements, rather than any specific knowledge. The first meeting will include an introduction to samian […]

Location: National Roman Legion Museum, High Street Caerleon | Dates: Tuesday mornings 24 October to 5th December 2017 | Cost: Free, but participants must enroll as a volunteer with the National Museum of Wales.

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St Helen’s Chapel, Malham

Would you like to have the opportunity to dig on the site of an early-medieval chapel in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales?  In 2015 and 2016 the ancient chapel of St Helen in Malham, near Skipton, was excavated by Mark Roberts and his students at UCL. To date excavations have confirmed the location of […]

Location: Malham | Dates: 3-15 July 2017 | Cost: Free

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Moredun Top 2017

Moredun Top dig is back for the third and final year excavating the complex Iron Age hillfort. The dig runs from Tuesday 25 April – Saturday 20 May. Findings from the last two digs include a possible dun or broch, parts of shale bracelets, quern stones, a pivot stone, gaming pieces, stone lamps, beads, and […]

Location: Moncreiffe Hill, near Perth | Dates: 25 April - 20 May 2017 | Cost: Free to attend the dig and there will be a free diggers’ bus running to and from the site from Perth. Diggers will need to provide their own food and drink and any 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.