Archaeology Live!

Looking for experience in archaeology? York Archaeological Trust’s long-running training excavation is currently undergoing a revamp, but we have exciting plans for 2020! 

To keep up to date with the latest announcements, please sign up to our mailing list.


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

York Archaeological Trust’s Archaeology Live! training excavations offer the chance to experience the incredible archaeology that lies beneath the ancient streets of York. Since 2001, the project has allowed thousands of people to get hands-on experience of the discipline with expert tuition from full-time professional archaeologists. The project was also one of the first excavations to be entirely funded by the people who take part.

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

What courses do we offer?

For an idea of the courses we hope to offer, the links below should give you a good idea of our core range.

One Week and Longer Courses

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Taster Courses 

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Weekend Excavations 

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Post-excavation courses 

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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?

While we are not open for bookings yet, please sign up to the mailing list at the top of the page. If you have any specific questions, please get in touch with us at

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

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!

An 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.


  1. Hazel a smith.

    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.

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

    • archaeologylive

      Hi Hazel,

      Thanks for getting in touch. To join our mailing list for the 2017 season, send us an email at
      We’ll make sure you’re kept up to date with the latest announcements.


  3. miss julie mann

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

    • archaeologylive

      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. Adrienne

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

    • archaeologylive

      Hi Adrienne, apologies for the delay in response, its been rather manic at YAT HQ recently! The email address is to register interest and stay updated, you can also follow us on twitter @ArchaeologyLive as the page is updated regularly, or alternatively there is our Facebook page too as well as this site.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Siobhan

    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.

    • archaeologylive

      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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