Information for Schools and Colleges


Excavate at School! The Archaeology Mini-Dig Taster Programme

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Through our Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) scheme, Newcastle University's Archaeology Schools have trialled highly successful mini excavation events with a number of schools across the region. We are now offering a similar scheme to any local school who would like to bring this exciting activity to their doorstep.

Limited funding is available to enable us to provide free minidigs to secondary schools whose pupils are eligible for the University's PARTNERS supported entry programme (see please enquire about this when you contact us.

For all other schools, the total cost is £500 for two full days of activities for up to 60 children. All the necessary equipment and supervision is provided by us, however schools will need to supply adult helpers (teachers, parents) for the dig day. We need 1 adult for every four children, but note that we can accommodate two groups of 30 children in the course of the dig day (doing half a day each) – in which case we would need a maximum of 7 or 8 adults.


  • Day 1 (the dig day) is carried out in the school grounds. One of our team will work with you in advance to find a suitable area. Children take part in the excavation of 1 x 1 metre ‘test pits’, learning about archaeological excavation and recording, and hopefully finding some artefacts.
  • Day 2 (the lab day) takes place either at schools or (if schools provide their own transport) in our lab here at the University. Children process (wash, identify and record) their excavated finds and write up their project

Enquire or Book Online:

If you would like more information about this project you can use the blue enquiry form on the right of this page, or email our Mini-Dig coordinator - Dr Jane Webster

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Events in School
  • Y 11
  • Y 10
  • Y 7
  • Y 8
  • Y 9
  • KS 3
  • KS 4