Digging With the EAS

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer to dig with you?
Anybody over the age of 16 is welcome to dig with us, but you must be a member of the Society. See How to Join.
Do I need to book a place on a dig?
Generally speaking, no, but for organisational reasons we ask that you join at least a week before the dig. The earlier you join the better. Please don't turn up and expect to join on the day.
Can I pay for membership online?
Yes, we can arrange a bank transfer (contact membership for details). (We're working simpler methods).
When / where is your next dig?
Check the calendar for the main events of the year. More details and details of other work are sent out by email as they arise.
Do I need any experience to dig with you?
No. If you have never dug before we will pair you up with somebody more experienced. Some of our best finds are often made by novices!
What do I need to know/bring to a dig?

Essential:

Sensible clothes
Dress for the weather. Our sites are almost always exposed to the elements with very little shelter, so come prepared. In the summer especially this means headgear and plently of suncream. (Be prepared for heavy showers too).
Sturdy footwear
Archaeology is hard on the feet. Ideally you should have a pair of sturdy work boots with steel toe protection. Flimsy footwear will limit what you are allowed to do on site.

Optional:

Packed lunch
Depending on the site, eating facilities may be limited. Forty Hall does have a cafe but it's a five minute uphill walk. By the end of a week you'll save a lot of energy (and money!) by bringing your lunch with you.
Your own trowel
We have a few spares to lend out but if you plan on making archaeology part of your life, your own trowel will quickly become one of your most prized personal possessions! Don't rush out and buy the first thing you see in B&Q though; believe it or not there is such a thing as an archaeologist's trowel – they are smaller and more durable than builders trowels. Most archaeologists recommend WHS archaeology trowels available for example at archtools.
Gloves
You may find gardening or work gloves helpful (they often save grazed knuckles). Thinner gloves are generally better as they let you feel what you are trowelling.
Kneeling Mat
You'll spend a lot of time kneeling, often on hard stony surfaces. We have kneeling pads to lend but you may like to bring your own.

Other questions can be sent to enquiries or membership