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School children at DIG

DIG is an exciting attraction which enables learners to engage with archaeology in a hands-on way. Pupils can become archaeologists for the day and learn how we can use our discoveries to learn more about life in the past.

At DIG, learners have a go at excavating finds for themselves. Sessions start with a briefing, where pupils are instructed on digging for archaeological finds and kitted out with the tools they will need. Once inside the DIG pits, pupils can unearth artefacts from our four different historical periods and discover more about the history of York over the past 2000 years.

Discussing their findings with our DIG team, pupils will learn more about which materials survive and how archaeologists sort and identify finds to learn about different periods. Your class can put their enquiry skills to the test, using scientific thinking to consider objects from our fantastic collection and come up with their own interpretations about life in the past.

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We are now open to schools wishing to visit DIG and we have introduced a number of new measures to keep school visitors safe, including restricting the number of people in the attraction, ensuring social distancing and adding extra cleaning and hygiene precautions for visitors, staff and volunteers.

Find out more about visiting DIG here.