DIG

Children digging at DIG - York's Archaeological Adventure
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DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!

With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times.

Kids can dig down deep (in our synthetic, no mess soil) to discover artefacts from the four major periods of York’s fascinating history. An Archaeologist is on hand to answer your questions on your finds & help you piece together what it would have been like to live in past.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Open Daily 10:00-16:00 (Last Tour)

Admission charges

Entry prices: £6.50 for adults / £6.00 for concessions / £6.00 children / £20.00 Family of 4 / £22.50 Family x 5 / Under 5s FREE.

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Rachel holding a medieval jug up in the York Archaeological Trust store.

Behind the Scenes with York Archaeological Trust

  • 27 July 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2:30-4pm

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store

Hear how the amazing collection in the care of the Trust continues to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

Pre-booking essential. Includes a hot drink.

Where

421 Huntington Road
York
YO31 9HT
England

Admission

£6.50

Call 01904 615505 or book online.
Suitable for over 12s.

Website

http://digyork.com/events/

Join the Little Diggers Fun

Little Diggers: Norse Myths and Stories

  • 29 July 2017 10-11am

The myths and legends of the Vikings come alive with a visit from our very own skald (storyteller).

Have a go at mythical crafts and activities while we explore the characters, gods and monsters of Viking sagas.

Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.50

Website

http://digyork.com/event/little-diggers-norse-myths-and-stories/

An illustration of Doug, the DIG dog

Little Diggers: Archaeology of the Future

  • 12 August 2017 10-11am

What will Archaeologists discover when they look back at us in 100 years?

Explore some of the objects we use every day and think about what they might say about our lives and what stories they might come up with!

Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.50

Website

http://digyork.com/event/little-diggers-archaeology-of-the-future/

The garden outside DIG

Little Diggers: Garden Explorers

  • 26 August 2017 10-11am

Explore our sensory garden and discover what we can find out about archaeology from what we know about bugs and animals!

Learn about the soil and what might have happened to the objects archaeologists find after hundreds of years underground…

Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.50

Website

http://digyork.com/event/little-diggers-garden-explorers/

DIG
St Saviour's Church
St. Saviourgate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 8NN
England

Website

www.digyork.com

E-mail

groups@yorkat.co.uk

Telephone

01904 615505

All information is supplied by the venues or providers themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

Related teaching activities

Key stage 2 geography, 1 lesson

Geographical enquiry and skills

Using images and photographs, describe what kind of things you would expect to find if you were excavating a Roman street.

Key stage 2 geography, 1 lesson

Geographical enquiry and skills

Imagine you are an archaeologist in 100 years’ time and excavating the local area where you live. Write a newspaper article describing a 21st-century town or village.

Key stage 2 or 3 English, 1-2 lessons

En2 Reading and En3 writing

DIG archaeological adventure allows you to become an archaeological detective. Read a detective story, for example you could look at Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, Rankin, Poirot or Edgar Allan Poe. Find out the 'ingredients' of a detective story and then turn your DIG experience into a detective story using these ingredients.

Key stage 3 history, 1-2 lessons

1.1 Chronological understanding

Draw a timeline to show the development of 2,000 years of the history of York from Roman times to today.

Key stage 3 maths, 1 lesson

3.2 Geometry and measures

Make a list of the shapes and patterns on the façades of buildings in Roman times and compare them with those found today.