Taster Courses


Taster courses are designed to provide trainees with an awareness of what is involved in working on a modern excavation. They are a hands-on introduction to digging and finds work. All tasters include a ticket to JORVIK.


We are now taking bookings for the 2013 Archaeology Live! summer season.

The season will run from Monday 24th June until Friday 13th September (Taster courses are available Tuesday-Friday each week).


1 day taster 

The basics of digging and finds work

  • Introduction and site tour
  • Excavation techniques (generally trowelling and sieving)
  • Washing and studying the finds made during the day


2 day taster

A more in-depth introduction to digging and finds work.

  • Introduction and site tour
  • Excavation (trowelling, mattocking and sieving)
  • Site recording (drawing plans and using a level)
  • Finds washing and study



Standard Friends of YAT / Returnee
One-day Taster £65 £45
Two-day Taster £110 £90






  • Taster Days run Tuesday to Friday, subject to availability.
  • The working day is 9.30am – 5pm including a 45-minute lunch break and two 15-minute tea breaks.
  • Full details of working arrangements will be supplied on booking.


Please contact us by email if you would like to make a reservation enquiry/provisional booking.

Booking forms will be provided when dates/course places have been agreed and reserved.

E-mail correspondence is preferred, however, if you don’t have email access please phone (office hours Mon-Fri 9am to 3 pm).


E-mail: trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026


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