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

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.

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Cata Sand

Cata Sand, Tresness Chambered Tomb & Loth Road Bronze Age House

Archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Galicia, Spain and University of Cambridge, have now concluded that the structural remains are those of an Early Neolithic house (c.3400-3100BC) with associated occupation deposits, hearth and stone walls. You are […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 7th July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: N/A

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - The Cairns

The Cairns

The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney is a research and training excavation based around a substantial multi-period settlement site. The main focus is a monumental Iron Age roundhouse or broch and its associated contemporary and later extramural buildings. Excavations have been running since 2006 producing a substantial architectural, artefactual and environmental resource. The main aims of […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 18th June to 13th July 2018 | Cost: N/A

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

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS - Ness of Brodgar

Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares at the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well preserved and sophisticated complex of monumental stone buildings enclosed by walls that are 6 metres thick; built and occupied by people over 5,000 years […]

Location: Orkney, Scotland | Dates: 4th July to 22nd August 2018 | Cost: N/A

FALKIRK COUNCIL ARCHAEOLOGY SERVICE - Kinneil

Kinneil

This season’s excavation will explore the 17th century designed landscape of Kinneil Park. The House was owned by the Dukes & Duchesses of Hamilton and was erected by the Earl of Arran in the 1560s. The grounds were laid out afresh in the 1690s and included a series of features, such as the walled garden, […]

Location: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, Falkirk | Dates: 21st July to 4th August 2018 | Cost: None. Transport & food not provided.

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

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Kildavie Excavation

The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures ranging from domestic dwellings to […]

Location: Isle of Mull, Scotland | Dates: 12th to 25th August 2018 | Cost: £575 (GBP)

RAMPART SCOTLAND - Battle Hill

Battle Hill

Battle Hill Huntly is the latest season in a 19 year programme of research and excavation to explore the archaeology of Aberdeenshire. The project is open to anyone, and is a fun and relaxed way to explore Scotland’s amazing past! We pick you up, take you to and from site and you have your own […]

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 6th to 17th August 2018 | Cost: £800 for the two weeks, daily and weekly rates available on request.