What is DIG?

DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure allowing our trainee ‘diggers’ to discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!

With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times.

Get the Low Down on Archaeology

DIG Archaeologist administering a briefing session at DIG, York

You start your training in our Briefing Hut, which is decorated to match the real thing that would be on-site. In here your guide for your adventure, the Archaeologist, will talk to you about the world of archaeology, what it is and what you do during your DIG adventure.

Once you are briefed it’s time to visit the DIG pits and start uncovering the past!

DIG, Delve and Discover…

Children digging in the no-mess soil at DIG - An Archaeological Adventure

This is where your archaeology training really kicks in; You are invited to experience the world of an archaeologist by digging down deep (in our synthetic, no mess soil) and discover artefacts from the four major periods of York’s fascinating history. Your Archaeologist is on hand to answer your questions on your finds & help you piece together what it would have been like to live in past.

Touch History

Children asking questions about archaeology  at DIG

Your archaeological adventure comes to an end at our Ask the Archaeologist (AA) Table where your Archaeologist will let you touch actual finds from previous YAT digs, including pottery, bone and even antlers! You will discover what these artefacts tell us about the lives of people who used them.

“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.”
The One Show’s Dan Snow

Book Your DIG Adventure Today!