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We Dig Wollaton Park

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Trial trenching at Wollaton Hall
Trial trenching at Wollaton Hall, 2021 (Credit: York Archaeology)

Looking to gain more fieldwork experience this summer? York Archaeology will be holding a training excavation at a very exciting site in Nottingham.

Dating back to the 1580s, Wollaton Hall is a stunning stately home set in 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Over the centuries, the site has been frequently altered to fit the needs of successive owners, and the focus of the 2022 season will be the further exploration of a series of 18th century structures associated with a former orangery and other garden structures. There won’t be many opportunities to excavate in such a beautiful location!

Whether you’re studying archaeology, or just want to try it out, our project is equally suitable for beginners and more experienced individuals and will offer comprehensive training in the key skills of archaeological excavation and recording. In addition, daily sessions will give introductions to specialisms such as finds identification, and GPS and EDM survey.

All of the excavation and recording will be carried out by the trainees taking part with guidance from professional archaeologists and the project is 100% funded by the people taking part. This is real people-powered archaeology, see you in the trench!


Location: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Region: Midlands
Time period: Post Medieval to Modern
Accommodation provided: No
Level of experience required: None
Academic credit available: No
Extra on-excavation activities: Introductions to archaeological specialisms such as finds identification, EDM and GPS survey; there will also be optional guided evening tours and, of course, plenty of opportunities to socialise with the team
Age limit: 16+; 14-15 year olds can attend if accompanied by a guardian who is also taking part in a course
Dates: August 22 – September 23
Cost: 1 week – £300; 2 weeks – £525; longer courses can be arranged, contact [email protected]
Contact name: York Archaeology training excavations
Contact address: York Archaeology, 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/we-dig-wollaton-2022; further info at https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/we-dig
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