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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.


Ouse and Derwent Project

We have been granted HLF funding to investigate Iron Age settlement in the southern Vale of York following a successful dig between 2012 and 2014. The site has numerous crop marks of Iron Age date and geophysical survey has revealed many more Iron Age features not revealed in crop marks. We appear to have an […]

Location: North Duffield, North Yorkshire | Dates: 22nd September to Friday 5th October 2018 | Cost: Free


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


The Cairns

The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney is a research and training excavation based around a substantial multi-period settlement site. The main focus is a monumental Iron Age roundhouse or broch and its associated contemporary and later extramural buildings. Excavations have been running since 2006 producing a substantial architectural, artefactual and environmental resource. The main aims of […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 18th June to 13th July 2018 | Cost: N/A


Skaill Farmstead

The work at Skaill aims to explore a slice of the remarkable deep time represented along the west shore; from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Pictish, Viking and Norse periods to the 19th century clearances. This season we are investigating the Viking / Norse farm mound below the 18th century farmstead. Visitors welcome! Why not visit […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 9th to 22nd July 2018 | Cost: N/A


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)



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.

Bodfari 2016 PJR-133-min

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 1675 Natural […]

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

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