Archaeology Live! 2016
The days of archaeology sitting inside a glass cabinet are over! York Archaeological Trust are delighted to invite you to pick up your trowel, join the team and take part in our excavations in the heart of our historic city.
The Archaeology Live! training excavations are an innovative way to get a hands-on experience of the discipline and to receive expert training from full-time professional archaeologists. Created back in 2001, the project was one of the first excavations to be entirely funded by the people who take part and 2016 will mark our sixteenth season of totally crowdfunded archaeology! Whether you are starting out on a career in archaeology, or just want to experience the excitement of a live excavation, everyone is welcome to take part!
For the first time ever, the 2016 excavation season will see us excavating two separate sites, both within the ancient Bar Walls but on opposing sides of the River Ouse. This will give us a wonderful opportunity to see the different kinds of archaeology present in the Fortress and Colonia sides of the Roman city.
All Saints, North Street
We’ll be making our return to the grounds of All Saints Church, North Street to pick up where the 2015 season left off. The excavation will cover many periods of York’s history, from early 19th century burials, to medieval occupation deposits, as well as evidence of the city’s Viking and Roman past. This excavation is open to anyone aged 16 and above (14 if accompanied by a guardian) and offers the opportunity to work on complex archaeology and human remains.
Click here to learn all about the site and how to get involved!
St. Saviour’s, St. Saviourgate
We will also be excavating in the grounds of the church of St. Saviour’s Church on St. Saviourgate, York. This marks a return to the site following a ten year absence; our 2006 season was held here and produced some spectacular results. In 2016 we aim to learn more about the early modern and medieval buildings, roads and surfaces we know to occupy the site, we’re also looking for evidence that the church may have a Viking predecessor! This site is only open to previous Archaeology Live! trainees and has the potential for some amazing archaeology.
Click here to learn more about the site and how to get involved!
When are we digging?
March 28th – April 8th (Monday-Friday)
All Saints: June 27th – September 16th (Monday – Friday)
St. Saviour’s: June 27th – August 19th (Monday – Friday)
TBC (email email@example.com to register interest)
Weekend Excavations (All Saints only)
April 9th to April 10th: Fully booked
May 28th to May 29th: Fully booked
*Extra date due to high demand* July 9th to July 10th: Fully booked
August 27th to August 28th: Fully booked
Post-excavation courses (2016)
November 28th – December 2nd
December 5th – December 9th
From a one day taster, to an intensive four week course, there are options to suit everybody.
How do I book?
To book a place, just send an email with your preferred dates and any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the team will get right back to you with booking forms and any further information that you require.
What will we find?
This is always the big question, but in the case of our sites, we do know the answer – a lot! Urban archaeology rarely fails to deliver wonderful finds and features, especially in the unparalleled layers beneath the streets of York!
The archaeology of All Saints and St. Saviour’s covers a date range of over two millennia. Finds and features from the Roman period to the 20th century and everything in between will be unearthed. To catch up on previous seasons, look through our archive of site diaries.
The Archaeology Live! 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 program where people learn by doing the excavation, and by discovering and recording the archaeology themselves, rather than by classroom-based tuition.
For more information contact:
Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026