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DigVentures East Yorkshire Digger

Romans of East Yorkshire

Two thousand years ago, the Romans marched north and established a centre at York. But while archaeologists have found many later Roman settlements from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, only a handful of sites inhabited by the earliest Roman settlers in the region have ever been found… until now. Over the last three years, DigVentures has […]

Location: Driffield, East Riding | Dates: 25-30 August | Cost: From £180 (student discounts available)

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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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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.

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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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My First Dig

I was delighted to see an advance copy of the latest issue of CA – are we really up to number 336? — with its marvellous photo of Maiden Castle on the front. It sent me back to memories of my very first dig which took place at the very tail end of Maiden Castle […]

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The Durotriges Big Dig

PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Durotriges Project, now in its 12th year, is run as a training school for both students and the general public, by experienced archaeological staff from Bournemouth University, fieldwork taking place on the chalk hills above Bere Regis in Dorset. To date, the Project has investigated […]

Location: Winterborne Kingston, Bere Regis, Dorset | Dates: Weekdays (Mon – Fri), 8th June – 3rd July | Cost: £100 per week (we would recommend a minimum of 2 weeks) with free transport to and from Bournemouth every day