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Here is a list of excavations we have been informed about going on across the country. Please note that these are not organised by the CBA and we cannot accept responsibility for operating conditions of projects.

The Colemore Project

April/May & September/October 2018, NE Hampshire

Set amongst the rolling hills in the west of the South Downs National Park. Little was known about the site until the landowner discovered some pottery dating to the Romano-British period.  In 2009, a chance comment during an organised walk led to ongoing investigations by Liss Archaeology.  During this time, approximately a third of the field has undergone geophysical survey revealing a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement. 
Nine seasons of excavations and test pits plus desk-based research and topographical survey have taken place revealing many features dating throughout the whole Romano-British period. Tantalising hints of earlier occupation have been seen. North of the large enclosure, a ladder system of smaller enclosures stretches away past curving, linear and rectilinear features towards a small round pond reliably filled with water.  At this stage the geophysics plots suggest that we should anticiapte years of rewarding archaeological exploration.
In 2018, two excavations are planned;
  • In April/May the targets are features seen as geophysical anomalies towards the pond and outside of the main enclosure. 
  • The September/October excavation target is likely to be determined upon the results of the spring excavation, a large trench is planned.
Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome.  Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part.  In addition to excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying take place to professional standards during the dig.  Local schools take part in on-site archaeology education, outreach education also available. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.
A further series of geophysical surveys are also planned for 2018 at Colemore and elsewhere plus an excavation (following the test pit project) in Stroud near Petersfield, field-walking, excavation elsewhere and more!
For further information, please contact us or book through our website

Archaeology Convict Field School

December 2018/January 2019, Tasmania, Australia

Available for higher education students nationally and internationally.  Join an archaeological excavation in Tasmania's Southern Midlands and earn 12.5 points/6 units towards your degree.  2nd and 3rd year university students across Australia and internationally will learn online about Tasmania's rich record of convict's lives in captivity and work onsit using the latest techniques in excavating historic convict sites.  A visit to UNESCO World-Heritage listed convict sites at Ross and Port Arthur will also take place.

Cost: Tuiition fees and a $1200 field school fee

Expressions of interest close 31st October 2018

 Further information available:

Rampart Scotland

15-21.07.19, King's Park Cairn, Stirling

Help us explore a newly discovered Romano-British fort, nestled at the heart of Scotland’s oldest and best preserved Royal Park. All welcome, costs £50 a day (no accommodation or food provided). For more details or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook on

5-16.08.2019, Battle Hill Huntly, Season 4

Help explore a newly discovered Iron age hillfort, Neolithic cairn and Pictish structure. All welcome, costs £800 (includes food and accommodation) with the potential for part time options. For more details or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook on

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