Festival of Archaeology 2017 Open Day

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the most significant excavation currently taking place within the walls of York.


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

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

The open day will be a chance to see behind the scenes of an archaeological excavation and to learn about the countless stories and amazing finds that have been unearthed from this small corner of historic York.

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be opening our excavation up to the public for site tours on July 15th as part of the 2017 Festival of Archaeology! The site is located in the grounds of one of York’s finest medieval churches and has contains a 19th century burial ground, a post-medieval rectory and evidence of medieval and earlier occupation.  Archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust will guide you around the site and show you all of the latest finds.

This will be one of many events taking place across Britain to celebrate our rich archaeological heritage.

On top of all this, the church will be holding a medieval mass (click here for more info). This is an opportunity to experience a service that would have been central to the lives of the medieval people of York, almost exactly as they would have seen, heard and even smelled it!


Becky, Ellen and Katie declare the open day open!

Becky, Ellen and Katie declaring last year’s open day open!

The trench will be open between midday and 4pm and people of all ages are welcome. The site is located at All Saints Church, North Street, York, YO1 6JD and is accessed through the church or as directed by the archaeologists.

The summer excavation will be in full swing at this point and who knows what we will be finding! If you would like to join the excavation and add your own discoveries, please browse the information on this website and direct enquiries to trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk

See you in the trench!

– Arran


  1. Joyce Garbett

    Very interested. Watch lots of Time Team on tv. Would love to come to the event. I use a walking stick is it a problem or would i be ok to come. Many thanks. Joyce Garbett

    • archaeologylive

      Hello Joyce,

      Access to the site on the July 16th open day is through the church and up two steps, beyond that the site is fully accessible. We’ll look forward to sharing our discoveries with you.

      Arran and the All Saints team

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