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Archaeology Live! 2013

Location: York, United Kingdom

June 23, 2013 to September 13, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 9, 2013

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



York Archaeological Trust

Project Director:

Toby Kendall

Project Description

The Archaeology Live! training excavations had been taking place as part of the Block H excavations here at Hungate, York since 2007. Despite a hiatus of 18 months we are returning to Block H to investigate the area of the a medieval church, St. John in th Marsh, with the hope of casting light on some questions.

 - Will we find Roman archaeology and what nature will it be? There should be Roman remains extending into this part of the site and as it was a natural high point in the landscape will there be any Roman structures which took advantage of this.

 - The church could be pre-conquest in date so can we prove this one way or another? There is also potential for Viking archaeology that may relate to domestic activities.

 - What survives of the church? In 2002 we found traces of the northern wall as well as burials surrounding the building. We hope to find more of the church in 2013 and get a better idea of the extent of the cemetery. We do not intend to dig any burials, but will record them in-situ, digging into earlier deposits where no burials survive.

 - What happened to the church in the 1500’s? In 2002 we found what we thought was a demolition layer across some trenches, so can we find more and prove it was from the church. We will also look at what they used the plot of land for in the 17th and 18th centuries, hopefully more evidence of the Cordwainers.

 - How did this plot of land develop during the 19th century? Hopefully we will find more remains of people who developed this parcel of land and how it fell into decline at the end of this period.

Archaeology Live! 2013 will hopefully give us a chance of answering some of these questions, as well as adding to our knowledge of the Hungate area. The excavations will take place to the south of Block H1 close to Palmer Lane and the south end of Dundas Street.

The training excavation provides a way to learn about and participate in excavation, recording, planning, finds processing, environmental sampling, and processing.  Any other specific requests for training may also be available on application. Professional field archaeologists provide all the training throughout the course.

During Archaeology Live!, the archaeology will be excavated and recorded by the trainees; the trainers teach and assist when required. It is a field-based training programme where people learn by doing the excavation, and by discovering and recording the archaeology themselves, rather than by classroom-based tuition. 


Period(s) of Occupation: Roman through to 19th Century

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 day

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None, training geared towards the individuals skill level

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation will be available from the fourth week of the training excavation (Sunday, July 15th 2012). The accommodation is at the University of York campus, Heslington, York . Single rooms are provided, with wash hand basins (all bedding is supplied but bring your own towels), shared toilets, bath and shower rooms and fully fitted kitchen with dining area. All the rooms and the shared front door are lockable. There is an on-site convenience store, laundrette, bar and fast-food outlet. You also have the use of University facilities including the cafeteria in the Halls of Residence. The accommodation is a 5 minute walk from Heslington village with shops, banks, pubs and buses to York. There is a regular bus service from campus to the excavation site. The site is 40 minutes away on foot, or bring your bike (20 minutes). Trainees book a room from Sunday to Sunday, allowing time to arrive on the first Sunday and see the City after their training course end on the Friday, departing on the morning of the Sunday after their course ends.

Variable, dependant on course.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Training Dig - York Archaeological Trust
47 Aldwark York
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 7908 210026