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View the 2018 Digs Guide as it appears in issue 338 of Current Archaeology magazine.

SWAT ARCHAEOLOGY - Kent Archaeological Field School

Kent Archaeological Field School

Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2018 will include: Field Walking and Map Analysis March 30th to Saturday 31st March 2018 – Easter Friday Field work at its most basic involves walking across the landscape recording features seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recording artefacts found […]

Location: various | Dates: various | Cost: various

ICE AGE

Les Varines

Les Varines, a Magdalenian settlement approximately 14,500 years old, is an exceptional site which has yielded thousands of stone artefacts, preserved animal bone, pits, hearths, paved areas and, most exceptionally engraved stones. These have recently gained international media attention and were featured in BBC2’s Digging for Britain. Key skills taught include excavation, recording, use of […]

Location: Jersey, Channel Islands | Dates: You have a choice of two 2-week stays with us: Field Season Part 1 (15th-29th July 2018) or Field Season Part 2 (29th July - 12th August 2018), though participants are welcome to join us for the full 4 weeks of the season. | Cost: £1250 for two weeks

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Cata Sand

Cata Sand, Tresness Chambered Tomb & Loth Road Bronze Age House

Archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Galicia, Spain and University of Cambridge, have now concluded that the structural remains are those of an Early Neolithic house (c.3400-3100BC) with associated occupation deposits, hearth and stone walls. You are […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 7th July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: N/A

TRENT AND PEAK ARCHAEOLOGY - We Dig The Castle

We Dig the Castle

Details We Dig the Castle – first held in 2015 – is Nottingham Castle’s annual training excavation. It is a partnership between Historic England, Nottingham City Council and Trent & Peak Archaeology. We Dig the Castle offers a variety of training, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-2 week study place. […]

Location: Nottingham Castle, Nottingham | Dates: 16th July to 18th August 2018 | Cost: From £40 per day (with a range of reductions and special offers)


UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - The Cairns

The Cairns

The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney is a research and training excavation based around a substantial multi-period settlement site. The main focus is a monumental Iron Age roundhouse or broch and its associated contemporary and later extramural buildings. Excavations have been running since 2006 producing a substantial architectural, artefactual and environmental resource. The main aims of […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 18th June to 13th July 2018 | Cost: N/A

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Skaill Farmstead

Skaill Farmstead

The work at Skaill aims to explore a slice of the remarkable deep time represented along the west shore; from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Pictish, Viking and Norse periods to the 19th century clearances. This season we are investigating the Viking / Norse farm mound below the 18th century farmstead. Visitors welcome! Why not visit […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 9th to 22nd July 2018 | Cost: N/A

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Ness of Brodgar

Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares at the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well preserved and sophisticated complex of monumental stone buildings enclosed by walls that are 6 metres thick; built and occupied by people over 5,000 years […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 4th July to 22nd August 2018 | Cost: N/A

CITIZAN - Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Project

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Project

  Now entering our fourth summer season of survey, citizan works around the coast of England to record archaeology at risk of erosion in the intertidal zone. With regional teams based in York, Portsmouth and London we work on one of the largest archaeological sites in the country. From Neolithic footprints and Bronze Age trackways […]

Location: Various, along England’s coastline | Dates: Various dates from April 2018 | Cost: Free - transportation. Accommodation and lunches not included (although volunteers can claim expenses)

FALKIRK COUNCIL ARCHAEOLOGY SERVICE - Kinneil

Kinneil

This season’s excavation will explore the 17th century designed landscape of Kinneil Park. The House was owned by the Dukes & Duchesses of Hamilton and was erected by the Earl of Arran in the 1560s. The grounds were laid out afresh in the 1690s and included a series of features, such as the walled garden, […]

Location: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, Falkirk | Dates: 21st July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: None. Transport & food not provided.

DIGVENTURES - Coldingham

Coldingham

Picture this: it’s around AD 650 and the Northumbrian monastery founded on Lindisfarne by Anglo-Saxon King Oswald is rapidly rising to fame. But just across the Scottish border something else is happening; Oswald has a sister named Aebbe, and she too has founded a monastery. This historic site is fundamental to our understanding of the […]

Location: Coldingham, Berwickshire | Dates: 19th June to 1st July 2018 | Cost: £165 per day / £625 per week

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