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

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Rocky Clump

Rocky Clump is a Romano-British site. Excavations in the field to the north of the copse of trees, called Rocky Clump, revealed pits, post holes and ditches dated from the 1st to the early 4th century AD. Excavations to the south of the copse have revealed an enclosure with ditches measuring 3 metres in width. […]

Location: Ovingdean, near Brighton | Dates: Mid-April to end of October 2018 | Cost: Free, but must be a member of the society (£15 full or £7.50 student).

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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: 25th June – 24th August 2018. Four start dates available: Monday 25th June, or Monday 9th July, or Monday 23rd July, or Monday 6th August 2018 | Cost: £200 per week (Minimum two weeks for skeleton excavation)

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Battle Hill

Battle Hill Huntly is the latest season in a 19 year programme of research and excavation to explore the archaeology of Aberdeenshire. The project is open to anyone, and is a fun and relaxed way to explore Scotland’s amazing past! We pick you up, take you to and from site and you have your own […]

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 6th to 17th August 2018 | Cost: £800 for the two weeks, daily and weekly rates available on request.

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My First Dig

I was delighted to see an advance copy of the latest issue of CA – are we really up to number 336? — with its marvellous photo of Maiden Castle on the front. It sent me back to memories of my very first dig which took place at the very tail end of Maiden Castle […]

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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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Current Archaeology 326

What are borders for? It is a question that has recently gone mainstream. Debate about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ borders finds a parallel in attempts to determine whether Roman borders blocked or simply regulated movement. In this regard, the true nature of Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall remains a mystery. As the modern world is reminding us, though, the nature […]

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Oldbury Camp

Iron Age people are famous for building enormous hill forts. Why did they spring up and what were their function? New research is showing that it really isn’t as simple as you think. Choose this dig if you want to help find the answer to one of the biggest questions about Iron Age Britain. DigVentures […]

Location: Oldbury upon Severn | Dates: June (dates to be confirmed) | 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.

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East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School

Our site is located on top of the cliff overlooking East Wear Bay in Folkestone, Kent, right on the edge of the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast. Unfortunately the area is prone to erosion. We are currently running an archaeological field school to record the archaeological remains at the site before they are lost forever. The site […]

Location: East Wear Bay, Folkestone, Kent | Dates: 10th July-5th August 2017. Monday-Saturday | Cost: £65 for a day experience. £240 for a week experience. £480 for 2 weeks. £540 for 3 weeks. £720 for 4 weeks. Returners and Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust are discounted (e-mail for further details).

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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP)

SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term archaeological research project, whose primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the Norfolk parish of Sedgeford. Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and firmly rooted in the local […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: Week 1 commences Sunday 2/07/2017, Last day Friday 11/08/2017 | Cost: Open day free. Beowulf Evening £20.00 for off-site attendees. Courses vary, on and off site fees vary with food costs. See website for course costs.

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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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