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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project. Our primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the north-west Norfolk parish of Sedgeford. Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: 28th June to 7th August | Cost: Please see our website for costs for details of our excavation and courses. www.sharp.org.uk

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Rocky Clump Phase 3

The Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society is open to all whatever their experience. You will need to be a member to participate, which is £20 full or £10 student, and are advised to have a current tetanus. You can join via the website www.brightonarch or come along to an event and fill in an application […]

Location: Upper Lodges Car Park, Ditchling Road, above Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9QB | Dates: Two days a week from 4th April 2020 until Mid-October 2020: Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm. | Cost: Free, but must be a member of the society in order to attend ALL activities: the annual membership fee is £20 per adult and £10 per student.

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Saveock Water Archaeology

This is the 20th season at Saveock Water which is a multi-period dig from the Mesolithic to the 17th century which has been featured in the world media and in a National Geographic documentary on its 17th century pagan deposits . The earliest part of the site is a Mesolithic camp then a Neolithic ritual […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: Monday to Friday, 29th June to 14th August | Cost: £200 per week, plus £25 per week if lunch required

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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: Three two-week courses. Start dates: 29th June, 13th July, and 27th July | Cost: £400 per two week course

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Battle Hill

The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 20th season of a long-term, relaxed and open series of research and training excavations into Prehistoric Aberdeenshire. The project has to date produced over 12 publications and Dr Murray Cook’s PhD. This season will focus on a newly discovered Pictish Fort, a Neolithic Cairn and medieval structure. […]

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 3rd to 14th August 2020 | Cost: £850, or £50 per day. if not providing own accommodation

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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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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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Meillionydd

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Meillionydd excavation has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we expect to continue our field work in June and July 2021. 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 […]

Location: Near Rhiw, Llŷn peninsula, North West Wales | Dates: 01/06/2020 – 24/07/2020 | 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.

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The Durotriges Big Dig

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Durotriges Project, now in its 12th year, is run as a training school for both students and the general public, by experienced archaeological staff from Bournemouth University, fieldwork taking place on the chalk hills above Bere Regis in Dorset. To date, the Project has investigated […]

Location: Winterborne Kingston, Bere Regis, Dorset | Dates: Weekdays (Mon – Fri), 8th June – 3rd July | Cost: £100 per week (we would recommend a minimum of 2 weeks) with free transport to and from Bournemouth every day