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

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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

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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 two years we have built up a picture that includes a Late Neolithic / Bronze Age cairn, along with several rock art panels situated close by, making a […]

Location: Bryn Celli Ddu, Llanddaniel Fab, Anglesey | Dates: 11-24 of June 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm | Cost: Free

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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 have all suggested significant Roman activity on the site. Phase II excavations, begun in 2016 will involve open […]

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

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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/.

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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 2017 we shall be working on trenches located at […]

Location: Bodfari, Denbighshire, North Wales | Dates: Sunday July 16th – Friday July 28th inclusive, middle Saturday is a day off. | Cost: Free

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Elsyng Palace

The thirteenth season of excavations at this medieval site which became a courtier’s and then Henry VIII’s royal palace in north London will focus on exploring the rest of a range of buildings on the south side of the palace under excavation since 2014. The aim is to define the extent and internal arrangements of […]

Location: | Dates: 12th – 16 and 18th – 23rd July 2017 | Cost: Membership of Society (£12)

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.

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Maple Lime Kilns Community Dig

A chance to be involved with this once in a lifetime dig at Marple’s hidden scheduled monument built with gothic architectural detail and including workers housing, its own tramway and canal arms. We’re going to excavate in front of the kiln tunnels, and need volunteers to help us! We’re expecting to find evidence of the […]

Location: Marple Lime Kilns, Lime Kiln Lane, SK6 | Dates: Monday to Friday 17th – 21st and 24th -  28th October, 9.30am until 4pm | Cost: Free

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