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

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Copped Hall Archaeology & Geophysics Taster Weekends

Interested in Archaeology or Geophysics? Join us in July for a TASTER WEEKEND at COPPED HALL (near Epping). Designed for absolute beginners, this is an opportunity to dig and to handle finds on a “live” site, where you can help with an ongoing investigation, or to try out geophysics techniques. Professional archaeologists will introduce you […]

Location: Copped Hall, Upshire Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5HR | Dates: Archaeology Weekends: 15/16 July and 22/23 July. Geophysics Weekend: 29/30 July | Cost: £60.00 per person per weekend

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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne may be one of the most iconic sites in English history, but the exact location of King Oswald’s monastery remains unknown. Last year, we found some tantalising clues, including the famous Anglo-Saxon namestone. Choose this dig to help us dig deeper into this 1,000 year old mystery. More info coming soon. Learn about last […]

Location: Lindisfarne | Dates: July 12-26, 2017 | 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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Little Carlton Archaeology Project

Discovered in 2011 by a metal detectorist, Little Carlton is a high status Middle Saxon site. Many of finds are characteristic of a typical Saxon settlement: domestic pins and personal items, from strap-ends and pins, to hooked tags and tweezers. Others hint at a community who enjoyed and had access to the finer things in […]

Location: Little Carlton, nr Louth, Lincolnshire | Dates: 2 two-week sessions; 1) 2nd-14th July 2) 16th-28th July | Cost: £500 per two-week session, includes food and camping.

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Blackfriary IAFS

Research and teaching excavations at the Black Friary, Trim, County Meath, Ireland, have been ongoing since 2010, The Dominican (Black) friars came to Trim at the invite of then Lord of Meath, Geoffrey de Geneville, who commissioned an enormous complex to be built. It was decorated using exotic imported materials including stone, and stained glass. […]

Location: Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland | Dates: Start dates from May 21st to July 31st 2017 available | Cost: From €1250 (tuition only). Accommodation option available. International transport and local transfers not included.

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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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‘Cromlech’ Roundhouse

In 2014 the Achill Archaeological Field School began work on an enigmatic monument on the slopes of Slievemore mountain, Achill Island. The monument, dubbed ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ by antiquarians, comprises an irregular mound with protruding orthostats. For over 175 years archaeologists have argued over what the site actually is. As the name suggests it was initially […]

Location: Slievemore, Achill Island, Ireland | Dates: 3 July 2017 – 11 August 2017 (option to come for 2 – 6 weeks) | Cost: €1975/ €3995 /€4850 (Course fees includes tuition, self-catering accommodation, materials, local transport, lectures and seminars and academic credit).

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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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