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Sudeley Castle Aerial Photo

Dig the Tudors at Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle has been home to some of the most famous monarchs in English history. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII when he decided to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, lived after he died. It’s where Elizabeth I famously celebrated her victory over the Spanish Armada. This epic […]

Location: Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds | Dates: 21st May – 2nd June 2019 | Cost: From £135

DigVentures Lindisfarne Trio

Lindisfarne 2019

Sitting on a small tidal island opposite the famous Bamburgh Castle, King Oswald chose Lindisfarne as the place to establish a monastery in AD 635. But it was no ordinary monastery: it quickly grew to become the golden heart of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Made famous by chroniclers like Bede and Alcuin (and more […]

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland | Dates: 3rd – 15th September 2019 | Cost: From £135

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Dig Becket

Since 2016 Aldington & Romney Archaeology have been engaging in excavations to uncover the story behind Thomas Becket’s palace at Aldington.   Around 800 CE the records at Canterbury state that the original church has been replaced by the first stone church dedicated to St. Martin.  By 1086, the Domesday Book tells us that the […]

Location: Aldington, Kent | Dates: Various from 10th June-30th August. See website for further details. | Cost: Excavation and recording: £100 per day (£450 per week) Surveying: £45 per day Recording: £35 per day Finds processing: £30 per day

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Aden Mansion House

Aden Mansion House is now a ruin. It was probably built around 1758 after the Russell family acquired the estate. It was reconstructed in 1832-3 by John Smith and fell into disrepair in the 1920s. A geophysical survey revealed details of the gardens under the current lawn and also a possible earlier structure.  We will […]

Location: Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 29 April-12 May 2019 | Cost: Free, a part from accommodation and food.

Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig

The start of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology.  Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park. The Big Dig in July focuses on features seen and will provide educational […]

Location: Alton Town Centre, North East Hampshire | Dates: July 13th to July 28th | Cost: Free. Membership required for test pitting. £15 per year, students half price.

Bamburgh Castle Dig

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. In its heyday Bamburgh was the principal Palace-fortress of the early medieval Kings of Northumbria a role for which it has become increasingly famous in recent years through Bernard Cornwell’s Uhtred books and TV series. The excavations are set within the castle […]

Location: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland | Dates: June 16th to July 27th 2019 | Cost: Cost £280.00 per week and includes transport to and from site from campsite.

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Archeoscan

Archeoscan run a number of digs open to members of the public throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to two Roman sites.   In April, our first dig will focus on the wider hinterland of the main building of a site that we have been excavating for the past 5 years […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire / South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various between April and October 2019. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £30 per-person per-day. All excavation equipment is included.

Fordam Hall Dig

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, involve open area excavation […]

Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex | Dates: Selected dates throughout summer, May to September, and ongoing. 2019. | 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 19th season at Saveock Water which is a multi-period dig from the Mesolithic to the 17thcentury 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 site […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: Monday to Friday from the 1st July to the 16th August 2019. | Cost: £200 per week.

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Battle Hill

The Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project is the 19th Season of research into Aberdeenshire’s prehistoric settlement patterns and will explore a Neolithic Cairn, a possible Bronze Age Cairn, an Iron Age Hillfort and Early Medieval material. The project is open to students and volunteers over the age of 17, and the price includes accommodation, food […]

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire | Dates: 5th to 16th August 2019 | Cost: £800 for the two weeks, £50 per day.

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