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

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Swartigill Iron Age Project

The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early […]

Location: Swartigill, Thrumster near Wick, Caithness | Dates: 23 April - 1 May 2017 | Cost: Free

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Copped Hall Archaeology & Geophysics Taster Weekends

Interested in Archaeology or Geophysics? Join us in July for a TASTER WEEKEND at COPPED HALL (near Epping). Designed for absolute beginners, this is an opportunity to dig and to handle finds on a “live” site, where you can help with an ongoing investigation, or to try out geophysics techniques. Professional archaeologists will introduce you […]

Location: Copped Hall, Upshire Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5HR | Dates: Archaeology Weekends: 15/16 July and 22/23 July. Geophysics Weekend: 29/30 July | Cost: £60.00 per person per weekend

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Copped Hall Archaeology Field Schools

Two 5-day Field Schools, for people already familiar with the basic techniques of archaeological excavation and recording, will run from Saturday 12th to Wednesday 16th August and from Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th August 2017. Places are open to those who have attended one of the July ‘Taster Weekends’, and to diggers from other sites […]

Location: | Dates: Saturday 12th to Wednesday 16th August. Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th August | Cost: £100.00 per person per weekend

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Elmswell Farm

What have a lost medieval village, a Bronze Age Beaker burial, sixteen Roman denari and some Anglo-Saxon pottery got in common? That’s right, they’ve all been found right here at Elmswell Farm. Choose this dig and help kick off a proper archaeological investigation. More info will be on the website soon. DigVentures is an innovative […]

Location: Elmswell Farms, Yorkshire | Dates: August 15th -20th 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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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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Oldbury Camp

Iron Age people are famous for building enormous hill forts. Why did they spring up and what were their function? New research is showing that it really isn’t as simple as you think. Choose this dig if you want to help find the answer to one of the biggest questions about Iron Age Britain. DigVentures […]

Location: Oldbury upon Severn | Dates: June (dates to be confirmed) | 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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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne may be one of the most iconic sites in English history, but the exact location of King Oswald’s monastery remains unknown. Last year, we found some tantalising clues, including the famous Anglo-Saxon namestone. Choose this dig to help us dig deeper into this 1,000 year old mystery. More info coming soon. Learn about last […]

Location: Lindisfarne | Dates: July 12-26, 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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Archeoscan

Archeoscan run a number of digs throughout the year. This year we will once again be returning to two Roman sites in South Gloucestershire that we have explored over the past few years. Significant Roman buildings have been uncovered at each site. This year we will be continuing to explore the buildings and continuing to […]

Location: Various digs in Gloucestershire/South Gloucestershire | Dates: Various during 2017. Usually Apr/May and August/September. Please see website for details. www.archeoscan.com | Cost: £25 per person per day. All excavation equipment is included.

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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 have all suggested significant Roman activity on the site. Phase II excavations, begun in 2016 will involve open […]

Location: Fordham, Nr Colchester, Essex | Dates: Selected dates throughout summer, May to September, and ongoing. | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.

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Meillionydd

Meillionydd is a Late Bronze Age / Iron Age double ringwork hilltop enclosure, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in North West Wales. The site has been partially excavated by Bangor University’s School of History and Archaeology for the past seven years. The excavations in the entrance area were finished in 2015 and a cross-section […]

Location: Near Rhiw, Llŷn peninsula, North West Wales | Dates: 05/06/2017 – 28/07/2017 | Cost: Free for British volunteers, who do not need accommodation, food and transport. Prices for Field School students and volunteers requiring accommodation, food and transport are available on request. For further information also see our website at http://meillionydd.bangor.ac.uk/.

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