Dig Greater Manchester

Dig Greater Manchester is a project intended to create an opportunity for the local communities in the Greater Manchester region to get involved in a variety of ways in their own history and heritage. Over the next 4 years the University of Salford and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities are providing the chance for thousands of Greater Manchester residents to actually get 'hands on' experience of an archaeological excavation in a safe and healthy environment.

We will also provide a learning opportunity with sessions on archaeological techniques during the excavations but there will also as separate one day courses when techniques such as archaeological building surveys, geophysical surveys, artefact analysis etc. will be taught. These will be complimented with a series of lectures on aspects of local and regional history and archaeology. All of these things will be free of charge; you just have to get yourselves to the venues.

The final Saturday of each excavation will be a public open day where people will have the opportunity to take part in guided tours of the sites and there will be site based activities such as family history, crafts stalls and a small trench where children with their parents can have a go at excavations.

There are several digs throughout the year and these will be advertised on this site.

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

Follow the progress on our Dig Greater Manchester blog and on our Centre for Applied Archaeology Facebook page.