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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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Topographic Survey Training

In archaeology the ability to measure the location of a site, artefact, or earthwork is essential. Nowadays many archaeological sites use either GPS or Total Station for site survey. Differential GPS can record points of circa 1cm accuracy levels in three dimensions, and can also allow real time on the fly measurements to be taken […]

Location: Kings John’s Palace and the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire | Dates: 12-16 October 2020 | Cost: £200 per person

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Mercian Archaeological Services Post-Fieldwork Training School

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2020 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport. This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. All tuition and training will be carried out […]

Location: Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire | Dates: 26-30 October 2020 | Cost: £250 per person

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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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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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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.