Summer Excavation -
Training Dig


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We have all watched 'Time Team' from the comfort of the sofa, now here's a chance to get off the sofa and find out how it's really done! For one thing we will take our time on this excavation, no dashing about, instead lots of real archaeology. (It's not quite the same as on the telly, but it's just as much fun!)

This summer Lindum Heritage is spending four weeks in Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire, investigating the remains of a Roman villa complex. The excavation is open to everyone. Don't worry if you have never held a trowel before, we will provide all you need to know to help you gain the basic skills of archaeological recording and excavation. All training will take place on-site in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The dig will run for four weeks. You can register for as many or as few days as you wish but if you have little or no experience of excavation we would prefer you to sign up for a minimum of five days to participate in the core training sessions.

Structured training sessions, led by professional archaeologists, will take place Monday to Wednesday of each week, Thursday and Friday will provide an opportunity to hone your skills and further your experience.

Monday - The basics of excavation: surveying, recording and digging

Tuesday - Drawing, planning and photography

Wednesday - How to deal with finds and environmental evidence

Thursday - Digging

Friday - More digging!

The cost is 35 per day and includes all tuition, necessary materials and lunch. Full week fee is 150. All places must be booked in advance.

Please note accommodation is not included, but we are happy to help you find local accommodation.

All-inclusive package

During the second week of the dig (17-21 July) an all-inclusive package with accommodation and meals will also be available; this may be especially helpful if you are coming from overseas. Please contact us for further information.

Please contact us for further details about the dig and to reserve your place.

Week 1: 10-14 July 2006
Week 2: 17-21 July 2006
Week 3: 24-28 July 2006
Week 4: 31 July - 4 August 2006


Check out the Dig Diary for the 2005 season now to find out what was involved and just how much fun it was!


It is expected that public tours and childrens activities will again take place during the period of excavation - please check back nearer the time for further information.

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