How to get involved in our upcoming community excavation

Community Stadium logo_Arran

York Archaeological Trust in partnership with City of York Council are delivering an archaeological investigation of the community stadium site prior to construction works starting. Dig York Stadium offers you the chance to investigate the archaeology of the site with professionals from York Archaeological Trust who will share their knowledge and skills, teaching you new skills and helping you develop existing ones in the field of archaeological practice.

Aerial view of a neighbouring camp prior to excavation in 2003. This image shows the scale of these features!

Aerial view of a neighbouring camp prior to excavation in 2003. This image shows the impressive scale of these features!

We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to contribute to all aspects of the project from research to fieldwork and post-excavation. Across the life of the project the community project team will research the history of the site and its archaeological remains and discover the physical evidence relating to the historical records and earlier activity.

The excavation is currently set to commence in spring 2015, although some geophysical survey will take place in the near future (announcements to follow). Sites on the outskirts of York have a history of providing unexpected surprises. The stadium site looks most likely to contain evidence of York’s Roman military past, with the latest research suggesting that the site was once a temporary fortification, or perhaps a training camp. This provides an opportunity to gain new insights into a time when York was a frontier town on the very edge of the expanding Roman Empire.

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The fortifications of a neighbouring Roman encampment under excavation in 2003.

At York Archaeological Trust, we pride ourselves on opening up the archaeology of York and its surroundings to the public. It is very important to provide a window into our latest discoveries and 2015 will see us offering many opportunities to get involved and make your own contributions to York’s rich history.

This Wednesday 12th November, we will be holding a lunchtime event at the Mansion House in York between 12 and 2pm. There will be presentations from the archaeologists who will be leading the project and information on the numerous ways you can get involved. Those wishing to be part of the community team will have the chance to sign up for the project and learn more background information about the site.

As work commences, we will release regular updates via this blog and our twitter account @digyorkstadium (non-twitter users can still view the updates at http://www.twitter.com/digyorkstadium). If it is not possible for you to make the open day at the Mansion House, please contact digyorkstadium@yorkat.co.uk with any questions or to register your interest in the project.

York’s importance as a centre of medieval trade and a Viking stronghold is well known. The Community Stadium project offers the chance to learn more about how the frontier of York was originally absorbed into the Roman Empire and subsequently defended. This period of Roman expansion marked the real beginning of York’s long history as a burgeoning settlement, don’t miss out on the chance to add your own discoveries to this story.

– Arran

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