Visiting a dig
Archaeology is the study of past human culture through its
Archaeologists use a
variety of methods to recover evidence, which is then examined to
reveal information about how our ancestors used to live.
Visiting or volunteering at an archaeological site is an
excellent way to see how archaeologists collect evidence to help
them piece together the past.
Volunteering for training excavations can help you gain
experience in the field techniques of archaeology.
Local archaeology or history societies provide regular
opportunities to visit archaeological sites and participate in
archaeological projects and many universities and
colleges that offer archaeology courses, also provide training
excavations for those who wish to work for a few weeks.
The Kent Archaeological
Society carries out a training excavation each year and
conducts trips to sites and places of local historical interest.
You may find advertisements for these excavations on the British Archaeological Jobs Resource
Kent County Council is currently carrying out a community heritage project at Shorne Wood Country
Park and visitors or volunteers are always welcome.
For more information on how to get involved, contact the
Heritage Conservation Group.
The Young Archaeologists'
Club offers great opportunities for children to learn more
about archaeology. The local clubs meet once a month and regularly
organise site visits.
The North Downs branch has visited Sutton Hoo, Stonehenge, the
Mary Rose and many other sites. Members receive practical training
in survey and excavation techniques, and guest speakers give talks
to the group on a variety of subjects.
From time to time, excavations that are carried out as part of
the planning process hold open days, so that people can watch the
archaeologists at work.
If you are holding an event or open day and wish to let others
know, then we can advertise it in our Heritage newsletter.
For more information, please contact the Heritage Conservation