What happens on a dig

Excavation

This involves the removal of the modern top soils often by hand. This will involve physical labour and healthy outdoor activity. It will then involve systematic in-depth excavation with trowels and small tools.

The archaeology revealed by the excavation will range from things like brick and stone walls and floors to archaeological features such as ditches and pits.

During excavations pieces of material culture (broken pottery and other everyday materials) will be discovered.

Volunteers will be taught all the techniques required to carry out these operations, how to deal with and treat any artefacts and how to interpret what is discovered.

Geophysical surveys

These are non-intrusive survey methods such as earth resistance and magnetometry and can be seen in operation on the popular 'Time Team' TV programme. Volunteers will be taught the reasons for using such surveys, how they work and how to complete such surveys.

Other archaeological techniques

We will also have the opportunity to learn other techniques including: recording, finds processing, graveyard surveys and buildings archaeology.