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

DigVentures Lancaster

The Lancaster Hoard

The north west has been dismissed as a Bronze Age blank spot for far too long. Choose this dig to help set the record straight and prove that it was actually a complex ritual landscape, full of burial mounds and impressive offerings. Let’s show ‘em! DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and […]

Location: Lancaster | Dates: 12th – 17th September 2017 | Cost: £165 for a one day experience, £325 for two days, £625 for one week and £1200 for the full two weeks. Students pay a rate of £420 per week.

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Lowes, Bury Archaeological Group

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 south-west of Lowes, marks the birthplace of John Kay, […]

Location: Park Farm Walmersley Bury BL9 5NL | Dates: Every Wednesday. April – November 2017 | Cost: Membership £10 (£15 family)

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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: Easter Season 10-21 April. Summer Season 26 June – 25 August. | Cost: £190 for one week. £380 for two weeks. Discounts are available for booking 3, 4, and more weeks.

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Maple Lime Kilns Community Dig

A chance to be involved with this once in a lifetime dig at Marple’s hidden scheduled monument built with gothic architectural detail and including workers housing, its own tramway and canal arms. We’re going to excavate in front of the kiln tunnels, and need volunteers to help us! We’re expecting to find evidence of the […]

Location: Marple Lime Kilns, Lime Kiln Lane, SK6 | Dates: Monday to Friday 17th – 21st and 24th -  28th October, 9.30am until 4pm | Cost: Free

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Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill

A hands-on opportunity to help excavate the remains of Samuel Oldknow’s Mansion, Mellor Lodge. It forms part of his Mellor Mill industrial complex. The Mill stood on the banks of the River Goyt for 100 years before fire destroyed it in 1892, is one of three historic landmarks that are part of a project between […]

Location: Mellor Mill excavations, Low Lea Rd, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 | Dates: Dig each weekend, or come to our community digs: 18–22 & 25–29 April; 11–15 & 18–22 July; 30 August – 2 September. | Cost: Free, but you will need to get yourself there, and bring lunch. All equipment will be provided.