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We Dig The Castle 2018

Nottingham Castle, Off Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
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We Dig The Castle 2018


Nottingham Castle
Monday 16th July - Friday 17th August 2018

Fancy learning archaeology hands-on, excavating in the outer bailey of the Medieval Nottingham Castle site?

Along with the most popular things from previous years, 2018 brings a brand new programme, adding brand new activities and skills, to make We Dig the Castle better than ever before. We Dig the Castle 2018 will offer something for everyone, whether you're a keen digger or are especially interested in historic buildings, geophysics or post-excavation. Learn test-pitting, excavation skills, recording, auguring, post-excavation, finds identification, historic building recording, digitisation and more, with trainees carrying out training and hands-on work.

This year takes We Dig the Castle trainees not only into the medieval Outer Bailey but also to the castle's defensive walls and the area below its towering cliff face. In Brewhouse Yard, the team will carry out the first major archaeological investigation since the 1970s, seeking evidence of buildings depicted in the earliest maps and developing a new understanding of how this area might have looked in the medieval period. At the gatehouse, investigations will aim to locate the medieval ditch that ran around Nottingham Castle's walls, while recording the surviving fortifications

Read our blog from 2017: Unearthing Nottingham Castles Archeological Secrets!


Booking is now open, with a variety of options ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 2 week training place. Discounts area available to ages 14 - 16, students, returnees, and anyone who has ever volunteered with Trent & Peak Archaeology or its community partners. 

Requirements: Age 14+ welcome (under 16s with an adult)

Sessions take place on weekdays from 9.30am - 4.30pm 

For further information regarding the excavations and how to book your place please contact:

Telephone: 0115 8967400 Email:

To find out more about last year’s excavations and the latest updates from this year’s dig, please visit TPA's Facebook Page or find them on Twitter @TPArchaeology

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