Taster courses

Taster courses are designed to provide trainees with an awareness of what is involved in working on a modern excavation. They are an affordable and hands-on introduction to digging and finds work. All tasters include a ticket to the YAT attractions.

A post hole emerges...

A post hole emerges…

We are now taking bookings for the 2015 Archaeology Live! training sessions at All Saints Church, North Street, York.

Spring session:  Monday 6th April  – Friday 17th April

Summer session: Monday 22rd June – Friday 11th September

Autumn session: TBC. Email trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk to express interest.

Taster courses are available Tuesday-Friday each week with a two day taster ideally running Tue-Wed or Thu- Fri.

IMG_53391 day taster

The basics of digging and finds work

  • Introduction and site tour
  • Excavation techniques (generally trowelling and sieving)
  • Washing and studying the finds made during the day

2 day taster

A more in-depth introduction to digging and finds work.

  • Introduction and site tour
  • Excavation (trowelling, mattocking and sieving)
  • Site recording (drawing plans and using a level)
  • Finds washing and study


One day Taster £50 £50 Friends of YAT/Returnees
Two day Taster £100 £100 Friends of YAT/Returnees

Sarah's amphora sherd.

Taster Days run Tuesday to Friday, subject to availability. The first working day is 10.30am – 5pm including a 45-minute lunch break and a 15-minute tea break. The second day would start at 9.30am and have an additional morning break. Full details of working arrangements will be supplied on booking.

Please contact us by email if you would like to make a reservation enquiry/provisional booking.

We have a lower age limit of 16. This is dropped to 14 if accompanied by a parent guardian who is also completing a course.

Booking forms will be provided when dates/course places have been agreed and reserved.

E-mail correspondence is preferred, however, if you don’t have email access please phone (office hours Mon-Fri 9am to 3 pm).

E-mail: trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0) 7908 210026


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