Dig Experience

During Winter 2019/20, we are partnering with DigVentures to undertake extensive archaeological exploration  at our site in Little Wittenham, ahead of our Gateway Project. This will allow us to discover more about how people in the past lived and used the green spaces we look after today.

As part of our archaeology season, we are inviting the public to come and experience the dig for themselves by getting involved with a community dig. This Dig Experience for adults but we also have a Dig Camp for families coming up.

There are other ways in which you can get involved with the project – either join the archaeologists in the Finds Lab for a day, or attend an archaeology tour to learn about the history of the site.

Join in with the Community Dig

Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist? This is your chance to dig alongside archaeologists, and help uncover the past!

Archaeologists from DigVentures have recently discovered the remains of a vast Iron Age and Roman settlement on our site at Little Wittenham. Who lived here? What was life like? And how do archaeologists make sense of it all?

This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty on a real excavation, and learn how to uncover the past.

DigVentures’ friendly team of expert archaeologists will teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll get to spend the day learning about archaeology, while actually helping to investigate the remains of a 2,000 year-old roundhouse!

You’ll be shown how to recognise different archaeological layers, features and artefacts, and the different methods used to unearth them. You’ll then put your learning into practice to excavate alongside the team and make your very own discoveries.

We can’t wait to see what you might uncover!

Whole days sessions are running on:

  • Tuesday 24th March – 10am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25th March – 10am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 26th March – 10am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 27th March – 10am to 4.30pm

Need to know information

Who is this event suitable for?

The Dig Experience is aimed at adults only (18yrs+). Teenagers aged 16yrs+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult who also has a Dig Experience ticket.

Families with children aged 6-11yrs can book onto Archaeology DigCamp, which is taking place during the Lambing Weekends (21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th March 2020). You can find out more or book onto these sessions here.

A concessionary rate is available for Friends, Volunteers, students and OAPs.

What should I bring?

Archaeology is fun, but it is outdoors fun! You need to make sure you bring:
– Sturdy boots or wellies (you will not be able to dig in trainers or sandals)
– Warm clothes
– Waterproofs
– Packed lunch, snacks and drinks for lunchtime

What can I expect?

You can expect first class instruction from the DigVentures team and will receive an in-depth archaeological briefing before you begin.

You will be helping to investigate an area where there is already evidence of an Iron Age roundhouse, but please remember that archaeology is an unpredictable beast and that this is a real excavation: you will need to remain flexible and follow DigVentures instructions at all times.

I have a disability, can I still take part?

Yes, DigVentures encourages everyone to take part. Please contact us if you have any physical, educational or mobility needs you want to discuss and we will do our best to ensure you can take part (the excavation will be taking place on uneven ground, and may require some bending and lifting).

Do I need previous experience?

No previous experience is necessary. DigVentures will provide all the tools and training you’ll need to be part of a real archaeological investigation.

About DigVentures

DigVentures is a team of professional archaeologists who specialise in running digs that anyone can be part of, and are recognised by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. With help from people all over the country, they’ve unearthed a medieval castle in Pontefract, excavated the famous Anglo-Saxon monastery at Lindisfarne, and investigated Bronze Age monuments in Lancashire. Now, you can help them investigate the Iron Age in Oxfordshire!

These weekday sessions are aimed at adults only. We are running sessions for families at our Lambing Weekends (21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th March 2020), where adults and children alike will be able to get involved. You can find out more or book onto these sessions here.

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