Please note that:

  1. All of our courses have a maximum number of people per week (see individual course page for details) and a minimum number of 4. Places are allocated on a first come/first served basis.
  2. Although we endeavour to avoid changes to our courses, we reserve the right to do so where necessary.
  3. Courses will be cancelled only under extreme circumstances, where alternative arrangements cannot be made or if numbers for the course are insufficient. In such cases a full refund will be given.


Basic Excavation and Recording Techniques


Dates - w/c 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2017


Giving a basic grounding in the principles and techniques involved in field archaeology, this course is aimed at those who have never dug before, whether they are ‘A’ level students, undergraduates, or those of any age who just have a fascination with the past.


The course will cover a wide range of subjects involved in the archaeological process, from the aims of archaeology and the terminology used on site to the specifics of tool use, excavation, finds and environmental processing and the creation of the drawn, written and photographic record.

The course comprises of short informal on-site seminars in which everyone is encouraged to actively participate, and on-site practical experience where students will participate fully in the day-to-day progress of our main excavation. Supervisors endeavour to ensure as much experience on trench as possible.


Course Duration


6 Days


Course Fees 


Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.


*Departures and arrivals are on Saturdays and the only food provided is the evening BBQ.


Number of places





Get a discount on our excavation rates when you book your BERT course

Students are recommended to stay on for an extra week to consolidate their experience and apply what they have learnt. If you book a week’s excavation to follow on from your BERT course, you can get a special discount on the normal excavation rate.


Type Normal excavation rate Discounted rate when booked with BERT course
Full  £200 £180
Concession  £160 £140
Off-site £90 £70



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