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View the 2017 Digs Guide as it appears in issue 326 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

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)

POLYOLBION ARCHAEOLOGY - Hanwell Park Project (1)

Hanwell Park

This will be the 6th year of archaeological investigation into the seventeenth century gardens at Hanwell Castle, part of a programme of doctoral research with the University of Oxford. We will be concentrating on the excavation of a water parterre which may be the location of the famous ‘House of Diversion’ described in Robert Plot’s 1675 Natural […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: All year round, most Tuesdays and Thursdays, some additional days in the summer according to demand | Cost: Free

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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).

BURY ARCHAEOLOGICAL GROUP - Lowes

Lowes

The site at Lowes Tenement lies on an important part of the historic landscape of Walmersley. It contains evidence of human activity from prehistoric to early medieval times at the Bronze Age cairn on Whitelow Hill, approximately 350 metres east of Lowes. Park Farm, 150 metres southwest of Lowes, marks the birthplace of John Kay, […]

Location: Park Farm, Walmersley, Bury BL9 5NL | Dates: Wednesday’s and some weekends. April to October 2018. | Cost: Membership £10 (£15 family)

ARCHEOSCAN - Various Roman Sites

Archeoscan

Archeoscan run a number of digs throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to two Roman sites in South Gloucestershire that we have explored over the past few years. Significant Roman buildings have been uncovered at each site. This year we will be continuing to explore the main domestic areas of […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2018. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £30 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

LISS ARCHAEOLOGY - Colemore Project

The Colemore Project

Set amongst the rolling hills in the west of the South Downs National Park, halfway between Alton and Petersfield, views over the edge of The Weald stretch away in the distance. Little was known about the site until the landowner discovered some pottery dating to the Romano-British period when the field had a final ploughing […]

Location: North East Hampshire | Dates: Colemore: 20th April to 21st May & 20th September to 15th October 2018 [site closed Wednesdays] | Cost: Membership (£15.00 per annum, due 31.03, students half price) is required for insurance purposes. Dig fees at Colemore are £6 per day (half price for students).

COLCHESTER ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP & FORDHAM HISTORY SOCIETY - Fordham Hall Phase II

Fordham Hall Phase II

Colchester Archaeological Group and Fordham History Society, with permission from The Woodland Trust are carrying out ongoing excavations on a Roman Site at Fordham Hall, Essex. Geophysics, field-walking, trial trenching and finds from Phase I in 2015 all suggested significant Roman activity on the site. Phase II excavations, begun in 2016, involve open area excavation […]

Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex | Dates: Selected dates throughout 2018 | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.

ENFIELD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Theobalds and Elsyng Tudor and Jacobean Palaces

Elsyng Palace

The long running excavation of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Elsyng Palace, the courtier’s palace of Sir Thomas Lovell and royal palace from Henry VIII to James I, will focus in 2018 on completing the exploration of the well preserved Tudor range sampled in previous years. Structural finds have so far included superimposed patterned brick […]

Location: | Dates: 28th May to 3rd June / 11th to 15th July / 17th to 22nd July 2018 | Cost: Free but membership of the society is required (cost £12). To be eligible membership applications must be received by 21st May for May/June excavation or 4th July for July excavation.

ACHILL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL - Keem Bay Village

Keem Bay and Caraun Point

Achill Archaeological Field School Keem Bay: 21 May – 29 June For the first half of the summer 2018 we will return to the pre-Famine village of Keem on the western-most tip of Achill Island. Circa 1838 there was a cluster of 40 buildings at Keem. Today there is scant trace of the settlement. Charles […]

Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland | Dates: 7th May to 7th September 2018 | Cost: From €695 per week