We welcome all volunteers regardless of background and often no previous experience of archaeology is necessary, as on-site training courses are run every week during the excavation, as well as a wide array of other specialised training courses.
Our ongoing excavation focus is on a complex of Anglo-Saxon malting houses, located to the east of the previously excavated settlement, within Chalk Pit field. Our research on this particular site has been ongoing since 2013 and is now beginning to produce a remarkable insight into these rare features within the Anglo-Saxon period would have functioned.
In addition to our main excavation, we also undertake several smaller evaluation excavations. You can read more about our ongoing excavations on our blog.
There are several ways in which to participate in one of Britain’s leading archaeological research and training opportunities.
We welcome excavation volunteers with at least three weeks' excavation experience, or who have previously attended a one-week Basic Excavation & Recording Techniques (BERT) course at SHARP, or equivalent course elsewhere.
If you have no previous experience then it is a requirement to enrol in and complete the BERT course, after which you are welcome to stay on as an excavation volunteer for the cost of facilities only.
We appreciate that there are many people who would love to join us but cannot, or do not wish to, dig. There are many non-excavation activities on site to get involved in, including cleaning and sorting finds and environmental processing.
NB: please check before applying, as some of these activities are dependent on the research taking place at the time.
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