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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.

OakClan Forge

Various dates and venues throughout the summer of 2018

Assist teaching of Iron Age and Celtic metal forming and Repoussé work during the summer months around England. This is a Work Experience placement for Archaeology students and practical, creative and artistic people. No experience is necessary as training will be given.

OakClan Forge details (180.0K, .PDF)

Some of the work of OakClan Forge

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

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

Saveock Water Archaeology

04.06.18-10.08.18, Cornwall

The 18th season on this multi-period dig dating from the Mesolithic, through the Neolithic and Bronze Age to 17th century pagan pits. No training is needed as you will be taught all the basic excavation and post excavation techniques on site. Children aged 14 to 16 can apply if accompanied by an adult, there is no upper age limit. Dig fee £200 per person per week and £25 extra a week if lunch required No accommodation on site but a list of student recommended accommodation is listed at Contact Director Jacqui wood at for details and booking form.

The Poulton Project

25.06.18-24.08.18, Cheshire

A multi-period excavation which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of activity. Currently, Iron Age and Roman features and the medieval chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses. Student fees are £200 for a one week, and £400 for a two week course, discounts available for longer periods. No accommodation offered but campsites and B&B available locally. Visit: or email:

Iron Age roundhouses at the Poulton Project

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 

01.07.18 - 10.08.18, Sedgeford, Norfolk

SHARP (the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) is a long-term, independently-run archaeological project. Our primary objective is the investigation of the entire range of human settlement and land use in the north-west Norfolk parish of Sedgeford. So far we have investigated sites from the Mesolithic to the First World War, and are currently focusing on the Middle Anglo-Saxon period.

Established in 1996, SHARP is one of the largest independent archaeological projects in Britain and is firmly rooted in the local community. We welcome people of all ages and abilities, from 16-year-olds taking their first steps in archaeology, to students, retirees and interested amateurs.

We have a range of courses and volunteer opportunities (not all of which involve digging!). If you have at least 3 weeks digging experience you can join us in the trench. If not, why not sign up for our Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques where we will teach you all you need to know. You’ll spend half your time on trench and will get your trowel dirty right from the start!

You are welcome to join us for a minimum of 6 days – or you can spend the whole of our six-week season with us. Please see the website for further details at

Plumpton Roman Villa Field School

02.07.18-17.08.18, Sussex

Research and Training excavations will resume at Plumpton Roman villa between 2 July and 17 August 2018. Training will include five 5-day Excavation Techniques courses; one 6-day advanced course. Each course will provide both ‘hands-on’ and theory introductions to archaeological excavation, including: basic surveying and geophysics, excavation methods, written records, planning and section drawing, photography, environmental archaeology, finds processing and Health and Safety. These courses are suitable for beginners, those with limited experience, A Level Archaeology students, people thinking of studying archaeology at university, and undergraduates. Tuition fees: £200 per 5-day course. The project will also include several 1-day Saturday ‘Taster’ excavation days: fees: £40 per day. Volunteering opportunities (i.e. for those with some prior experience, such as participation on one of the Training Courses) are available for £25 for a 5-day week. Details of local accommodation and camping are available, and include staying indoors at Plumpton College for £45 per day (3 meals) or camping with 3 meals (£25 per day). Contact: The Sussex School of Archaeology:;; Tel. 01323 811785.

Plumpton Roman Villa aerial shot

The Newbarns Project

02.07.18-22.09.18, Dumfries & Galloway

We welcome enquiries from volunteers of any age or fitness. We can cater for work experience youngsters and students subject to conditions. Under 16s must have a parent/guardian present at all times. Experienced diggers very welcome. All new applicants must send a CV and SAE. Local B & B, campsites and caravan parks. Contact Dig Sec. At S.A.T. Kingston, Rhonehouse, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway. DG7 1SA, Tel: 01556 680478, or e-mail:   web:

New archaeological excavation in Lincoln

30.07.18-31.08.18, Lincoln

Network Archaeology is offering local people the unique opportunity to be part of a group that will explore the archaeology at the site of the existing NCP car park on Grantham Street in Lincoln.

Lincoln-based Network Archaeology was recently appointed by Jackson & Jackson Developments to deliver archaeological services ahead of construction works commencing at the site, which has received planning permission to become a purpose-built student residential building.

Network Archaeology is giving more than 100 volunteers the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience of digging, metal detecting, finds processing and other archaeological tasks to help uncover any interesting artefacts at the site.

Enthusiastic volunteers must be over the age of eight (minors to be accompanied by an adult) and able to dedicate a few hours on one of the many 'digging days' from 30th July and throughout August.

Anyone with an interest in archaeology/history or just keen to take part in this event should for more details.

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

06.08.18 – 17.08.18, Aberdeenshire

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

Digging Opportunity: KAS Training Excavation with David Walsh

10-22.09.18, Later Prehistoric site,  Lees Court, Faversham

Dr David Walsh (lecturer in CLAS, University of Kent) is looking for volunteers (aged 18+), to join him on a training excavation of Kent Archaeological Society, in the 2 weeks before the start of the University term.  Current, future and past students of Kent are all welcome.

The dig will focus on a ring-ditch that has been identified on the Lees Court estate. Free transport will be provided from Canterbury on a daily basis. Participants will be trained in a full range of excavation methods and given a certificate of participation by KAS.

The dig will run for the full period, with one day off on Sunday 16th September. The fieldschool will include short talks on field methods, as well as some demonstrations. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided by KAS.

This is your chance to get some practical experience of what archaeology really is, in a friendly group & a beautiful setting.

To reserve a place please contact David Walsh:

We are grateful to Paul Dyer for providing a donation to support David's role in this KAS dig.

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