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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 organisaed by the CBA and we cannot accept responsibility for operating conditions of projects.

Mesolithic Deeside

Winter 2017-18

Ancient Deeside will be fieldwalking along the river Dee in Aberdeenshire over the winter 2017-18 looking for Mesolithic sites. Dates to be arranged but will be mainly weekends. Contact Ali Cameron to be put on an email list and then you will receive emails with dates and locations. Or find us on Facebook.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Scottish Government sponsored Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Fieldwork Mesolithic Deeside

Roman Road Research & Excavations

North East Hants Historical and Archaeological Society

Field Archaeology Branch
Easter - August 2018
Excavations on the new Winchester - Chichester Roman Road will occur on Bank Holiday weekends from Easter - August 2018. Three sites have been established where substantial remains have been found. In addition, evidence has been found at each excavation of a Roman settlement, and work will be undertaken on these. In the current site, where one of the Roman Road lanes enters the LIDAR grid of what we think is the Roman settlement of Clausentum, a large amount of pottery and tiles have been found. 
Annual membership £10. 
Persons participating in the training exercise will be charged an additional £70 and must purchase and read the training manual at £6. To complete the exercises, you are likely to need to book for at least 5 days in total between March & August - though you can carry this on to next year. Those helping with a site set-up will have a discount on the training fee. 
For further information, please email: Dr Richard Whaley, or visit:

The Colemore Project

Excavations and Fieldwork in NE Hampshire, April/May & September/October 2018

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

Plumpton Roman Villa Field School

02.07.18-17.08.18, Sussex

Introductory and advanced excavation courses and volunteer opportunities available at a third Century Sussex Roman villa under the Direction of Dr. David Rudling. Please contact the Sussex School of Archaeology on 01323 811785, or for further information  visit:

Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2018


Week A: August 6 - 10 2018

Week B: August 13 - 17 2018

Week C: August 20 - 24 2018

The field school costs £250 for a week

This is not an ordinary field school - this is a ‘Training Field School’ where delegates will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands-on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest…

This course is suitable for people of all archaeological abilities from beginner wishing to take their first step, to experienced diggers wishing to take the next step, and from university students and post-graduates needing more experience, to retired people wanting to fulfil a life’s ambition… all are welcome and will be treated equally… the experience is tailored to the individual through hands-on personal supervision.

For more information please see the website for more details

Battle Hill 2018 Season 3

6 – 17 August 2018

A fun and relaxed training and research excavation on a newly discovered hillfort and large 30 m diameter Bronze Age Cairn.

Costs £800 and include all accommodation, food, training, travel to and from the site. For more details or to book a place contact Dr Murray Cook

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