Excavation Resources


This page contains our pick of the best excavation guidance and resources on the web. As a volunteer organisation we rely on the contributions of other individuals and groups to help locate these resources. The resources on this page are displayed here with the kind permission of these individuals and organisations. Thank you for your contributions.


If you have a resource that you find useful and would like to share or recommend it to be included on this page please contact Dig Discover Enjoy using the email link in the header above.

Fieldwork Resources


Tameside Archaeological Society - Training Resource


Download this excellent Basic Guide to Archaeological Training on the web from Tameside Archaeological Society. This document provides useful links to online dig training manuals, guides to writing reports and links to education providers. Kindly provided by Tameside Archaeological Society Ltd.

MOLAS Archaeological Site Manual


Museum of London Archaeological Service Site Manual link, reproduced here by kind permission of the Museum of London. This industry standard site manual is an invaluable reference resource for excavating and recording.

ISGAP - Archaeological Recording Practices


English Heritage and The Council for British Archaeology has funded the creation of this Archaeological Recording Practices Guide. The guide gives a good basic outline of the steps required to record features. This would be most useful for diggers with some experience who would like a quick reference guide on site.

BAJR - British Archaeological Jobs and Resources Guides


A comprehensive and free collection of professional guides on all aspects of archaeology from the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources. Learn to plan, excavate, record and identify finds like a professional. There is also guidance about health and safety, working with community groups and how to survive your first dig.


This link is produced below with kind permission of David Connelly of BAJR.



Archaeology Skills Passport


The new Archaeology Skills Passport is an excellent resource to record the progression of your skills in archaeology. Learn about essential skills required on site, in the lab and back at the office. Record your training and progress in the passport and use the record as a basis for further development or for a future career in archaeology.


Scotland's Rural Past Archaeological Survey Training Videos - Introduced to us by Wigan Archaeological Society

Creating a Field Sketch

Measured Survey Using Tape and Offset

Measured Survey Using a Plane Table

Using Hand-Held GPS

Standards and Guidance

ISGAP - Introduction to Standards and Guidance in Archaeological Practice


A joint initiative by English Heritage, the Council for British Archaeology and the Institute for Archaeologists. This is a guide to the standards you will need to follow when planning and carrying out archaeological work as a community organisation. The guide is very comprehensive and covers all types of archaeological activity including planning, building work, excavation, finds, underwater archaeology and publication ans dissemination of results.

Institute for Archaeologists - Code of Conduct


Professional Code of Conduct for any person involved in various types of archaeological work in the UK.

MORPH - Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment


Guidelines issued by English Heritage governing the management of any project affecting the heritage environment in the UK. MORPHE Planning Note 3 refers to archaeological investigation but any activity is covered.

Institute for Archaeologists -  Risk Assessment Templates


Templates for assessing and managing health and safety on archaeological sites. The webpage includes a risk assessment template and guidance on planning for health and safety on small and large projects.

Training Courses

Dig Discover Enjoy


Training Online Resource Centre (TORC)


Council for British Archaeology


The Council for British Archaeology have a useful page detailing skills, bursaries and training they are currently planning or offering. Courses include training specifically for voluntary groups on topics such as geophysics or site survey. There are also details of professional bursaries available.



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