Archaeology Live! 2018

Every good archaeologist knows that there’s much more to archaeology than just excavation! York Archaeological Trust are delighted to invite you to don your thinking caps and explore other aspects of archaeology.

The All Saints, North Street excavations. Image courtesy of David Dodwell

The All Saints, North Street excavations. Image courtesy of David Dodwell

Archaeology Live! is known for annual training excavations held in the heart of York, and the innovative ways in which we have allowed people to get hands on experience of the discipline through expert tuition 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.

However, in 2018, we are stepping outside of the trench and into new territory altogether. This year we plan to take a hiatus from excavation whilst we arrange an all new and exciting site for 2019, and instead take a good long look at the theory behind archaeological practice.

Our team are currently creating a range of new courses that will offer detailed introductions to various aspects of off-site archaeological processes. Whether you are starting out on a career in archaeology, or just want to know more about the more “behind-the-scenes” aspects of the discipline, we hope to offer something of interest and all are welcome to take part!.


We are just starting to draft up ideas and would hope to offer courses at intervals through summer, autumn and winter, although dates, content and duration are still TBC.

What courses do we offer?

While many details are still TBC, we are looking to cover areas such as osteoarchaeology, methods of survey, analysis of pottery, conservation, finds processing and post-excavation analyses. We have big plans for 2019 and hope to have more details in a few months. For an idea of the courses we hope to offer in 2019, the links below should give you a good idea.

One Week and Longer Courses

2019 dates TBC

Taster Courses 

2019 dates TBC

Weekend Excavations 

2019 dates TBC

Post-excavation courses 

2019 dates TBC


The week six team, All Saints 2015

Do I need experience?

None at all. Think of these courses as a head start or as a more in-depth look at what happens after an excavation is completed.

How do I book?

Whilst we are not open for bookings yet, please direct all booking enquiries to

One of the team will get right back to you with any further information that you require.

What will we cover/learn about?

Detailed course information TBC.

Can I fill in parts of my BAJR Skills Passport with these courses?

Absolutely, we’re always happy to fill in Skills Passports. You can learn more about them here.

For more in depth coverage on previous seasons and some of those star finds look through our week-by-week archive of site diaries. The diaries focus on the experiences of our trainees and will give you an idea of what to expect during your time with Archaeology Live!

In 2018, the Archaeology Live! training experience will provide new ways to learn about and participate in archaeology. Any other specific requests for training may also be available on application. Professional field archaeologists provide all the training throughout the course.

For more information contact:


Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026



  1. Just pages of interesting a brilliant information on the ongoing archaeology After reading I just want to become a part of your work Looking forward to a reply. Hazel SMith. Sheffield

  2. Hazel a smith.

    March 21, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Would it be possible to book a place on next years archaeology excavations please h a smith

  3. miss julie mann

    April 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi could you put me on your mailing list for 2017 thankyou kind regards Julie

    • Hi Julie,

      The best way to make sure that you’re kept up to date is to send us an email saying that you’re interested in digging with us in 2017. With the volume of correspondence we receive, everything’s easiest by email.


  4. What email address should we contact you at to stay abreast of your current news? Thanks from your excavating friends in Texas:

  5. so devastated it’s not running this year. I just moved to York at the end of last summer and was really looking forward to a dig! I’ll have to look around for something else or just wait until 2019.

    • Hi Siobhan,
      It’s a real shame to not be running the dig this year, but 2019 should be really good when we’ve got it all confirmed! Drop us an email to if you want us to pop you on the interest list for 2019 news when we have it.
      Fortunately York is a beautiful and vibrant city so you won’t be short of things to do now you’re in the area!

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