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We Dig Wollaton Park 2020

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED Details Held annually since 2015, We Dig… Nottingham’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Trent & Peak Archaeology, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council. We Dig… Wollaton Park continues archaeological investigations of the formal gardens of Wollaton Hall, searching for evidence of buildings […]

Location: Wollaton Park, Nottingham | Dates: 13th July -14th August (Weekdays) | Cost: £45 a day for Students/ regular TPA volunteers/ 14 and 15 year olds, £50 a day general admission. Lunch and transport is not provided.

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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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The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool

This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger, and you will […]

Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire | Dates: Week A: 13-17 July 2020 Week B: 20-25 July 2020 Week C: 10-14 Aug 2020 Week D: 17-21 Aug 2020 | Cost: £250 per person

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Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. In its heyday Bamburgh was the principal palace-fortress of the early medieval Kings of Northumbria a role for which it has become increasingly famous in […]

Location: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland | Dates: 21st June to 24th July | Cost: Cost £280.00 per week and includes transport to and from site from campsite (accommodation booked separately).

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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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Elsyng Palace

A 17th season of work on the scheduled ancient monument, home of a series of nationally important figures beginning in the Wars of the Roses and then a Tudor royal palace, will aim to locate the moated inner gatehouse. With previous work about to be published in a major monograph, the dig will begin to […]

Location: Forty Hall, Enfield | Dates: 14th – 19th and 20th – 26th July | Cost: Free but membership of society (£12) required (deadline to join 4th July).

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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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Caraun Point Excavations

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED The machair-covered promontory of Caraun Point is the setting of a dense multi-period archaeological complex extending over an area of c.180m by 100m east/west, and comprising fifteen monuments that include a robbed-out stone fort, a children’s burial ground or cillín, six middens, several dry-stone buildings, a […]

Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland | Dates: 29 June – 14 August | Cost: From €695 for 1-week residential course. €550 for non-residential course