Training Excavations

Join archaeologists from the Trust for a unique opportunity to explore York’s past.

York Archaeological Trust offer numerous ways for people to engage with archaeology, none more hands on than our annual Archaeology Live! training dig.

Each year, we carry out an excavation in the heart of York, investigating sites that feature complex, deeply stratified archaeological deposits. The excavation and recording is entirely funded and carried out by our team of trainees; this allows people to add their own chapters to York’s rich history.

The Archaeology Live! training excavations welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels to participate in the full range of excavation techniques, single context recording, finds processing, environmental sampling and buildings recording. Our courses also include specialist sessions that teach people how to recognise and date pottery, how to treat and conserve delicate artefacts and how to build and understand stratigraphic matrices. Also, guided tours of central York offer a unique opportunity to learn about York’s hidden, subterranean history and how the city’s past has affected it’s present form.


Visit the website for more info or contact for bookings and enquiries.