We Dig Willow House

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Location: York, UK

Season: July 24, 2023 to August 18, 2023

Session Dates: Taster sessions (Fridays only): 23 June; 30 June; 7 July; 14 July; 21 July. Full week sessions: 24 July - 28 July; 31 July - 4 August; 7 August - 11 August; 14 August - 18 August. Weekend session: 5 August - 6 August

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

York Archaeology

Project Director:
Arran Johnson

Project Description:

We Dig is York Archaeology’s training excavation. Formerly also known as Archaeology Live!, the project has run from 2001 offering members of the public a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the internationally significant archaeology of York and Nottingham, investigating sites that feature deeply stratified, highly complex archaeological deposits.

In 2022, we adventured into the history of the Walmgate area, finding an array of finds and features across two trenches ranging from Victorian brick structures to medieval butchery waste pits. This year, we will be returning to a trench that we opened midway through last season, with the hope of answering some of the questions raised last season. As we’ll only be working in a single trench, we’ll be keeping numbers down to just six trainees, which means you’ll have the full attention of the YA team running the project.

Located a stone’s throw from Walmgate Bar, the best-preserved of York’s medieval gateways, the site has the potential to illuminate a number of key periods in the history of the city ranging from the Industrial Revolution, medieval York and possibly even the Romans. Quite a lot to do then… See you in the trench!

Cost: Taster session - £75 (Fridays only); One week - £350; Two weeks - £620; Weekend - £160. Longer courses can possibly be arranged - please contact for information.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 16 (or below if with parent or guardian)

Room and Board Arrangements:
The cost does not include accommodation. That is the responsibility of each trainee - but Nottingham has a wide variety of accommodations available.

Contact Information:

Arran Johnson

47 Aldwark


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