Scarborough Big Dig – SOLD OUT

Scarborough Big Dig - SOLD OUT


The Big Dig 3 will take place between May 25th and May 30th 2023 from 9.30am to 4pm each day. We will excavate up to 100m2 on the green space at Paradise in Scarborough Old Town by St Mary’s Church. What are we looking for? The archaeological excavation is designed to explore the development of settlement in Scarborough Old Town. Some of the questions we want to try and answer about Scarborough Old Town are: Is there evidence for occupation of the area in the Roman period? Written evidence suggests that a settlement here was burned by Viking raiders; is there archaeological evidence for this settlement and the Viking attack? Does this earlier settlement form the basis for the borough established in the shadow of Scarborough Castle by Henry I? How does the area around St Mary’s Church develop after the establishment of the borough by Henry I in the twelfth century? What evidence is there for the important 12th to 14th century pottery industry in Scarborough? The 2024 Excavation The excavation this year will take place on open green space at Paradise, Scarborough, within a secure fenced compound and will extend the area we excavated in 2022 and 2023. The programme for the first week of the excavation, Monday 20th May to Friday 24th May, will concentrate on working with schoolchildren from local schools. Young people will have the opportunity to excavate on a real archaeological site. They will also take part in creative art workshops that will use archaeological finds from the Big Dig as inspiration. From Saturday 25th May to Thursday 30th May the excavation will be open for volunteers to take part. We will have 10 places available each day for volunteers – you can book either a morning session or an afternoon session or a whole day. No previous archaeological experience is required – we will show you what to do! And participation is FREE but need to book

When & Where

May 29, 2024 (9:30 am) – May 29, 2024 (4:00 pm)

Land at Paradise, Scarborough, Scarborough, YO11 1TH