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Place Dig

PLACE Archaeological Field School

The PLACE Field School takes place within Dorset, a county of outstanding natural beauty and one of the best preserved archaeological landscapes in Britain. This year the project is based in Purbeck, on the edge of Poole Harbour.  On the Purbeck site this year, we will gain insight into how harbourside communities developed over time and […]

Location: Wytch Farm, Wytch Passage, Corfe Castle, Dorset | Dates: 10 June - 5 July 2019, Monday to Friday only. Open day Sunday 7 July 2019 | Cost: £250 per week (early bird discount available). Reduced price for Dorset residents.

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Dig the Tudors at Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle was one of the Tudors’ most beloved palaces. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII while he made his decision to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, later lived after he died. But hidden in the castle grounds, DigVentures has found traces of yet another remarkable moment in […]

Location: Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds | Dates: 02-09 June | Cost: From £180 (student discounts available)

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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.

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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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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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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