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Great excavations

ALTHOUGH archaeology is a popular subject at university, there are few opportunities for young people to pick up the practical skills they will need in the field. The York Archaeological Trust is running a training and research dig in the heart of York this summer, between June 13 and September 2.

No previous experience is necessary and the dig is open to all ages, with excavation, site recording and finds work taught to a high standard.

The site is full of historical interest. On the wst corner of a former Roman legionary fortress, a medieval hospital was built by William II. Rebuilt in the 13th century, probably degraded at the Reformation, the site has more recently housed a World War II air-raid shelter.

Two kinds of course are on offer: tasters and fieldwork modules. More details can be found at www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk.training.htm.

Contact Training Excavation, York Archaeological Trust, Cromwell House, 13 Ogleforth, York YO1 7FG. Tel: 01904 663000.

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