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falkirk

Falkirk Local History Society Fieldwork

We are always looking for volunteers to help with archaeological work throughout the Falkirk district. Some of this work is pre-planned as indicated in the following list, but much is in response to circumstances. Each year, for example a fieldwalking exercise is conducted on one of the Antonine Wall forts after it is ploughed and […]

Location: Various locations around Falkirk district | Dates: Various from April-September. | Cost: Free.

swandro

Knowe Of Swandro

The Knowe of Swandro is being destroyed by coastal erosion. The site includes a Neolithic chambered tomb and a large multi-period settlement, consisting of Iron Age roundhouses, Pictish buildings (including a smithy, where one of the stone anvils preserved the hand and knee prints of the Pictish metalworker) together with Viking and Norse remains. Our […]

Location: Rousay, Orkney | Dates: 22nd June to 10th August | Cost: Free.

aden mansion house

Aden Mansion House

Aden Mansion House is now a ruin. It was probably built around 1758 after the Russell family acquired the estate. It was reconstructed in 1832-3 by John Smith and fell into disrepair in the 1920s. A geophysical survey revealed details of the gardens under the current lawn and also a possible earlier structure.  We will […]

Location: Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 29 April-12 May 2019 | Cost: Free, a part from accommodation and food.

Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig

The start of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology.  Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park. The Big Dig in July focuses on features seen and will provide educational […]

Location: Alton Town Centre, North East Hampshire | Dates: July 13th to July 28th | Cost: Free. Membership required for test pitting. £15 per year, students half price.

Newbarns project dig

The Newbarns Project

Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns continues in 2019, with prehistoric cremation burials on a later multi settlement site up to the 13th & 14th centuries. All ages are welcome to participate in excavation but all expenses to be paid by student/visitor alike. No disabled access is available.

Location: | Dates: 1st July to 21st September 2019 | Cost: Accommodation, food, travel and transport costs all to be met by the individual digger, but donations are more than welcome.

hanwell

Hanwell Park

This will be the 7th. 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 based on an octagonal stone lined island which may be the location of the famous ‘House […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: All year round, usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. | Cost: Free

Fordam Hall Dig

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 summer, May to September, and ongoing. 2019. | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.

Swartigill

Swartigill Iron Age Project

Swartigill lies within the famous Yarrows landscape in Caithness, a small area of incredible richness of prehistoric remains. in the far north of Scotland.  Our site was indicated in 2004 by some stonework eroding out of the bank of the Swartigill burn which rises from Oliclett, an extensive Mesolithic occupation site discovered 3 years previously. […]

Location: Swartigill, Thrumster near Wick, Caithness | Dates: 19th August-6th September | Cost: Free

Meillionydd

Meillionydd

Meillionydd is a Late Bronze Age / Iron Age double ringwork hilltop enclosure, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in northwest Wales. The site has been partially excavated by Bangor University’s School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences from 2010 to 2017. The excavations in the entrance area were finished in 2015 and a cross-section […]

Location: Near Rhiw, Llŷn peninsula, North West Wales | Dates: 03/06/2019 – 26/07/2019 | 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.