Archaeology Live! 2016: York

For the first time ever, the 2016 excavation season will see us excavating two separate sites, both within the ancient Bar Walls but on opposing sides of the River Ouse. This will give us a wonderful opportunity to see the different kinds of archaeology present in the Fortress and Colonia sides of the Roman city.

All Saints, North Street

We’ll be making our return to the grounds of All Saints Church, North Street to pick up where the 2015 season left off. The excavation will cover many periods of York’s history, from early 19th century burials, to medieval occupation deposits, as well as evidence of the city’s Viking and Roman past.  This excavation is open to anyone aged 16 and above (14 if accompanied by a guardian) and offers the opportunity to work on complex archaeology and human remains.

Click here to learn all about the site and how to get involved!

St. Saviour’s, St. Saviourgate

We will also be excavating in the grounds of the church of St. Saviour’s Church on St. Saviourgate, York. This marks a return to the site following a ten year absence; our 2006 season was held here and produced some spectacular results. In 2016 we aim to learn more about the early modern and medieval buildings, roads and surfaces we know to occupy the site, we’re also looking for evidence that the church may have a Viking predecessor! This site is only open to previous Archaeology Live! trainees and has the potential for some amazing archaeology.

Click here to learn more about the site and how to get involved!

Taster – Taster courses are available Tuesday-Friday each week with a two day taster ideally running Tuesday-Wednesday or Thursday-Friday.

One week or longer – One and two week courses are designed to give beginners and those with some experience the opportunity to take part in a remarkable working experience and gain an insight into the work of an archaeologist. We also offer courses up to four weeks (get in touch here for details)

Weekend courses – This course will give beginners and those with some basic knowledge, the chance to take part in fieldwork based at our All Saints Church, North Street site.


Dates for 2016

Summer session:

All Saints: June 27th – September 16th (Monday – Friday)

St. Saviour’s: June 27th – August 19th (Monday – Friday)
Weekend courses:

To be announced shortly (watch this space!)
Autumn session:

To be confirmed. Contact for further info.