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

COLCHESTER ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP & FORDHAM HISTORY SOCIETY - Fordham Hall Phase II

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 2018 | Cost: None, but membership of CAG (Adults £12, Students £4) is encouraged. Participants must provide own transport and food.

SAVEOCK WATER ARCHAEOLOGY - Saveock Water Archaeology

Saveock Water Archaeology

This is the 18th Season at this multi period site dating from the Mesolithic to 17th century pagan deposits. The dig has featured extensively on the world media and had a National Geographic Documentary made on it. The Director Jacqui Wood was listed last year in the top 2% of researchers on Academia.edu (based in […]

Location: Truro, Cornwall | Dates: 4th June to 10th August 2018 | Cost: £200 per week plus an extra £25 per week if lunch is required.

POULTON RESEARCH PROJECT - Poulton Research Project

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: 25th June – 24th August 2018. Four start dates available: Monday 25th June, or Monday 9th July, or Monday 23rd July, or Monday 6th August 2018 | Cost: £200 per week (Minimum two weeks for skeleton excavation)

ENFIELD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Theobalds and Elsyng Tudor and Jacobean Palaces

Elsyng Palace

The long running excavation of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Elsyng Palace, the courtier’s palace of Sir Thomas Lovell and royal palace from Henry VIII to James I, will focus in 2018 on completing the exploration of the well preserved Tudor range sampled in previous years. Structural finds have so far included superimposed patterned brick […]

Location: | Dates: 28th May to 3rd June / 11th to 15th July / 17th to 22nd July 2018 | Cost: Free but membership of the society is required (cost £12). To be eligible membership applications must be received by 21st May for May/June excavation or 4th July for July excavation.

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.

ACHILL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL - Keem Bay Village

Keem Bay and Caraun Point

Achill Archaeological Field School Keem Bay: 21 May – 29 June For the first half of the summer 2018 we will return to the pre-Famine village of Keem on the western-most tip of Achill Island. Circa 1838 there was a cluster of 40 buildings at Keem. Today there is scant trace of the settlement. Charles […]

Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland | Dates: 7th May to 7th September 2018 | Cost: From €695 per week

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Bexley Archaeological Group Training Excavation

Bexley Archaeological Group’s Annual Training Excavation will commence on Monday 13 July – Friday 17 August 2018. The site is situated in Bexley, Kent. BAG have been excavating there since 2005 and it is a great site for training students. Over the course of 5 days, students will learn about geophysics, levelling, finds processing, archaeological […]

Location: Bexley, Kent | Dates: Monday 13 to Friday 17 August 2018 | Cost: £100 – 5 days course, including any materials, 1 years membership to the group, insurance and certificate. Nearest train station is Bexley – about 30 minutes from London Bridge on South-Eastern trains. There is 20 minutes walk or a bus ride from the station to the site. Food – either bring lunch or there is a pub 3 minutes walk away

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Cambridge Archaeology Learning Foundation (CALF)

Cambridge Archaeology Learning Foundation (CALF) is being offered by Access Cambridge Archaeology, part of the University of Cambridge. CALF sessions use many different subject skills, to introduce archaeology and the evidence we use to understand the past. Sessions cover a wide range of time periods from the stone age, to the present day, and can […]

Location: Within classrooms at primary schools (years 1-6, ages 5-11) | Dates: September to March (though occasional dates available at other times; please contact us for details) | Cost: £300 a day (two classes) or £200 for half day (one class). Flexibility available – do check what is possible for your needs.

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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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Current Archaeology 326

What are borders for? It is a question that has recently gone mainstream. Debate about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ borders finds a parallel in attempts to determine whether Roman borders blocked or simply regulated movement. In this regard, the true nature of Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall remains a mystery. As the modern world is reminding us, though, the nature […]

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