What is DIG?

“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

DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history! Tours last one hour and we recommend pre-booking to guarantee your place.

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

Starting your training in our Briefing Hut you will learn about about the world of archaeology & what you will be doing during your DIG adventure.

Once you’re 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 the fun really starts!  Kids can dig down deep (in our synthetic, no mess soil) to discover artefacts from the four major periods of York’s fascinating history. An 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

Kids can get hands on with history and actually touch 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.

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