Archaeology Live! wouldn’t happen without our team of trainees. Every year, budding archaeologists of all ages and backgrounds join us to gain their first experience of fieldwork or to sharpen skills they already have. The fees they pay fund the project and allow us to investigate sites that may never otherwise have been excavated.

The various skills and techniques required to understand and excavate urban archaeology are taught by our team of professional archaeologists. This process is assisted by a team of placements, individuals who have already spent three weeks or more with Archaeology Live!  or a similar, reputable project.


Archaeology Live! placements Megan and Dave offering guidance on recording and excavation.


The placement system offers an opportunity to gain new skills and experience new aspects of archaeological excavation. If you have a good understanding of single context excavation and recording and are looking to pursue a career in the profession, a placement can be a great way to start.

The work will involve assisting the trainers with numerous tasks, from helping to supervise and instruct trainees, to spoil management and site logistics. Many of our former placements are now professional archaeologists, some now running sites of their own. This year, we are looking for placements to assist with our York and Nottingham excavations. Ideally, applicants would be able to join us for periods of around three weeks or longer as this allows for sufficient time to learn new skills and creates a sense of continuity for the trainees. There is no charge for a placement position.

” I feel the placement system enables you to hone the skills you gain as a trainee, and makes you develop them. It also makes you so aware of what’s going on, not just in front of you on site, but everywhere else.”

-Lisa Bird, Archaeology Live! placement


Lisa (centre) explaining single context recording.

To apply for a Placement position on the excavation, a CV with an accompanying covering letter must be sent to the contact address below. Make sure that you say why you want to be a placement and why you would be good for the project within your cover letter. The selection process will include an informal telephone interview.

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