The Experience



Udig is offering places on this exciting and fully immersive research training excavation at a multi-phase Saxon to late post-medieval site.

Your experience as part of the team will involve a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning all the basics of on-site archaeological processes from excavation through to post-excavation. This will involve getting your hands dirty in the trenches discovering finds, drawing and photography and helping to clean and record all finds from the excavation. With your help, we will produce an end of season report on your findings, published for all to read.

You’ll get to live as an archaeologist and as well as free on-site camping, we’ll provide three meals a day and evening entertainment in the form of talks from inspiring speakers on a whole range of exciting and informative archaeological topics. For those wanting a little more comfort, there are a limited number of on-site bespoke sleeping pods and hotel accommodation is available at Stanwick Hotel at a subsidised rate.


The dig will run from May to September and places are limited to 30 team members per week. You’ll be able to book for a minimum of one week to ensure you get the most out of the dig and cover as many different aspects as possible. However, we’ll be extremely happy if you’d like to join us for longer.

We recommend booking early as places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. So, to avoid disappointment, book now, we’d love you to join us.

Team members will be supported by experienced professional archaeologists.

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Derek Roberts Profile image



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Senior Supervisor

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Phineas Elmore

Assistant Supervisor


A hands-on experience comprising excavation, measured planning and GPS positioning of features and trenches, transferring benchmarks, de-turfing, excavating, taking environmental samples, washing finds, marking up finds, photographing features and finds, context recording, drawing sections and much more.


We will cover the theory and rationale for the practical activities the team will be undertaking, as well as evening seminars and opportunities to relax and socialise to discuss the days finds together.

Skills Passport

Udig staff will use the Archaeology Skills Passport as a framework for the training. This record of learning will help support those who wish to access a career in archaeology, either to go onto further education or employment with an archaeological unit, although it is equally suited to keen enthusiasts or to those who simply want to try their hand at something different!


Archaeology Skills Passports will be included in the free Udig toolbag for those who book their team pass early or book for two weeks or more. Otherwise, they will be available to purchase soon from the Udig online shop.

The skills passport is endorsed by CIFA Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, ATF Archaeology Training Forum and British Archaeological jobs and resources.

What Will You Discover?

Udig: Stanwick Hall Excavation


Udig: Stanwick Hall
United Kingdom

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