St Mary’s Abbey Precinct
Training Excavation 2005
Following the great success of the St Leonard’s training excavation (2001-2004), York Archaeology Trust has identified a new site and will be running a training excavation in the summer of 2005.
York Archaeology Trust in partnership with the York Museums Trust will be excavating in the northern part of the precinct of St Mary’s Abbey. The excavation will be looking to answer a number of questions about the archaeology on the site, which dates from the Roman period onwards. This is a unique opportunity to excavate an urban archaeological site in York that
has not been previously investigated.
The training excavation will run from the 20th of June until the 9th of September and is open to anybody over the age of 16 (16 as a lower age limit is negotiable, contact below). People can come for as long as they want, be it for a one-day taster or a module over several weeks.
The training will include excavation, recording, planning, finds processing and drawing. Any specific requests for training can be made (contact below). Professional field archaeologists, who routinely run and excavate archaeological sites, give all of the training that is offered.
It is important to mention that the archaeology will be excavated and recorded by the trainees; the trainers are there purely to teach and assist when required. It is a field-based training programme where people learn by doing the excavation, rather than taking classroom based tuition.
Costs depend on how long you want to stay, but start at £50 for a one-day taster and £195 for a one-week module (contact below for more details). Accommodation is available from the 19th July onwards (at a very reasonable rate for York in the summer time), otherwise there are countless other places to stay very close to the site.
For more information contact:
Toby Kendall, York Archaeology Trust, Cromwell House, 13 Ogleforth, YORK,
YO1 7FG, ENGLAND
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 663015
Mobile: +44 (0) 7717 535393
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 663024
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