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Dig into Shropshire’s past at Soulton Hall

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Shropshire border between England and Wales is filled with impressive historic monuments, from spectactular castles and hillforts, Roman towns and ancient archaeological sites. Tucked away in a field beside Soulton Hall stands a strikingly visible rectangular mound, thought to be the rare remains of an […]

Location: Soulton Hall, Shropshire | Dates: 05 – 10 May | Cost: From £180 (student discounts available)

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Hanwell Park

This will be the 8th year of archaeological investigation into the 17th-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 based on an octagonal stone lined island which may be the location of the famous ‘House […]

Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire | Dates: Usually 2 days a week May to October, sometimes more frequently | Cost: Free, volunteers are responsible for their own transport, accommodation and food. Equipment supplied.

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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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Archeoscan

PLEASE NOTE SOME OF ARCHEOSCAN’S 2020 EXCAVATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED – SEE THE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS Archeoscan run a number of digs open to members of the public throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to at least two Roman sites. In April, our first dig will focus on the […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2020. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £35 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

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The Colemore Project Spring Excavation

Colemore is in the west of the South Downs National Park with a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement. Eleven seasons of excavations, test pits, desk-based research and geophysical survey reveal a complex settlement of enclosures and habitation dating mainly to the Romano-British (RB) with glimpses of the Iron Age (IA). Buildings include a […]

Location: North East Hampshire | Dates: 28 May - 30 June. The site is closed on Wednesdays. | Cost: £6 per day. Membership required (£20 per year). Full-time students under 25 - half price. Taster Days £20 (max 2)

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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 and due to finish […]

Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex | Dates: Selected dates throughout summer, May to September, and ongoing. Dates available on request. | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.