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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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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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Newbarns Project

  Comprises 3 Kerb cairns from Neolithic to Medieval, multi settlement eras. Many prehistoric cremation burials dating from EBA to Iron Age in Galloway. Current excavation is excavating 12th-century Celto Norse Motte Hill and associated defences. Also several EBA burials. All welcome to try their hand at excavation, young or old, amateur and professional alike […]

Location: | Dates: 3rd July -23rd September 2017 | Cost: £50 per week for first 2 weeks, thereafter free, plus £20 Booking Fee (non refundable).

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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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Cocks Farm Roman Villa

  This is an annual excavation which is now centred on the field adjacent to the Roman villa site. A magnetometry survey by members of the Roman Studies Group showed evidence for Roman field ditches, a lime kiln and many other anomalies. Excavation has revealed extensive late Iron Age and Roman activity on the site […]

Location: Abinger, Surrey | Dates: 19-21st June, 24-28th June, 3-5th July, 8-12th July, 15-18th July | Cost: Priority given to members of Surrey Archaeological Society or £25 a week (or part of).

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Sheriffside

The 10th season of an ongoing project into East Lothian hillforts,  this season focuses on Sheriffside. Destroyed in antiquity and appearing on no maps, Sheriffside was only rediscovered in 1981. Aerial photography picked up the parch marks of a large double ditched enclosure lying under pasture land and measuring over 150m in diameter. Initial trial […]

Location: | Dates: 10th to 21st July 2017 | Cost: £795 for 2 weeks including, travel to and from site, accommodation and food; or £50 a day if you provide your own accommodation and food.

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