Topic ID #38146 - posted 3/13/2017 6:41 AM

We Dig the Castle - Nottingham Castle's annual training excavation - 17 July-18 August 2017

We Dig the Castle

We Dig the Castle 2017 – Nottingham Castle, England

17 July – 18 August


We Dig the Castle offers a variety of courses, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-5 week study place. A changing daily programme of induction, skills tutorials, task-based workshops, and excavation allows trainees to develop and practice skills in a variety of areas, and to chart how their abilities have developed.  


It returns for 2017 on weekdays between 17 July and 18 August, with a family day on 22 July and a Saturday training session on 5 August.


Weekday training sessions include:

  • Principles of excavation: stratigraphy and contexts
  • Excavation techniques
  • Site recording: planning, levelling, section drawing, photography and context description
  • Survey & laser scanning
  • Post-excavation and processing
  • Organic and inorganic finds
  • evidence and samples, including flotation


You’ll work with experienced field archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, including our Community Archaeologist. A variety of experts from both Trent & Peak Archaeology and the wider archaeological community will join us for specialist tutorials and workshops.   


The team: We Dig the Castle is the ideal opportunity to develop your archaeological skills, particularly if you are working towards (or have) a qualification. We offer a supportive, small-group, environment with high staff to trainee ratios. Trainees will work alongside professional archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology and join in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists.


We have an established reputation and strong working relationships with a number of archaeology departments, and are experienced in completing the placement journals that may be required by your university. In 2015 and 2016 students from universities from across the UK and from abroad came to train with We Dig the Castle.  


The site: This is a unique chance to be part of an excavation of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, on a site famous across the world. This is your opportunity to discover an almost unknown area of Nottingham Castle. 2017 trainees will be excavating at a new lower level, with the possibility of uncovering the castle's first evidence of the English Civil War.


Find out more:

Contact: Alison, on 011 44 8967400 or at
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