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

STOKE ON TRENT MUSEUM ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY - Mucklestone

Mucklestone

A SOTMAS member and resident of Mucklestone, learned that whenever a field called “Old House Field” is ploughed, an area of dark soil emerges containing pottery sherds.  Field walking the site identified an area of darker soil with a high concentration of pottery fragments, mostly dating from the early 18th Century. In 2013 and early […]

Location: Mucklestone, Staffordshire | Dates: Beginning 8th April 2018, no end date specified | Cost: See full details below

Newbarns Stone-lined Medieval Drain

The Newbarns Project

Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns with prehistoric cremation burials on later multi settlement site up to the 13th & 14th centuries. All ages welcome to try their hand at excavation but all expenses to be paid by student/vistor alike. No disabled access.

Location: | Dates: 2nd July to 22nd September 2018 | Cost: Accommodation, food, travel and transport costs all to be met by the individual digger, but donations are more than welcome.

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 - 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

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Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project with the primary objective of investigating 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 independent archaeological projects in Britain and is firmly rooted in […]

Location: Sedgeford, Norfolk, UK | Dates: Sunday 1 July to Friday 10 August 2018. We work Sunday to Friday with Saturdays off. | Cost: Various depending on whether only volunteering vs doing a course; waged or unwaged; staying on campsite or off site; with or without catering. As a guide: Volunteer only, camping: £235 waged, £195 unwaged. Courses, camping: £490 waged, £340 unwaged. See website for full details.

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

DIGVENTURES - Elmswell

Elmswell

Elmswell Farm has the potential to become one of Yorkshire’s most important multi-period sites. Over the years, it has produced an embarrassment of archaeological riches – Roman coins, Anglo-Saxon burials, Bronze Age weapons, a cache of stone tools, and the remains of an abandoned medieval village that’s so well preserved you can still see its […]

Location: Elmswell Farm, Yorkshire | Dates: 14th to 26th August 2018 | Cost: £165 per day / £625 per week

MERCIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES CIC - Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School

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. You will receive […]

Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire | Dates: Week A: August 6th to 10th 2018 Week B: August 13th to 17th 2018 Week C: August 20th to 24th 2018 | Cost: £250 per person

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)

BAMBURGH RESEARCH PROJECT - Bamburgh Castle

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: June 17th to July 20th 2018 | Cost: £275 per six day week for tuition with transport provided to site.

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