Due to an increase in demand they are recommending booking your visit at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the perfect experience for your school.
School trip to JORVIK DIG
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.
Starting your training in their Briefing Hut you will learn about the world of archaeology & what you will be doing during your DIG adventure.
Once you’re briefed it’s time to visit the DIG pits and start uncovering the past!
This is where the fun really starts! 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.
Kids can get hands on with history and actually touch finds from previous YAT digs, including pottery, bone and even antlers! You will discover what these artefacts tell us about the lives of people who used them.
School educational visit
DIG: What will you find?
DIG is an exciting attraction which enables learners to engage with archaeology in a hands-on way. Become archaeologists for the day and learn how we can use our discoveries to learn more about life in the past.
The soil is not real; it is safe and clean so no change of clothing is necessary.
Handling genuine objects from the past, pupils will find out which materials survive and how archaeologists sort and identify finds to learn about different periods. Your class can put their enquiry skills to the test, using scientific thinking to analyse the materials left behind.
Investigate 2000 years of York’s history as you explore their collections and displays. Find out about Roman burials customs, Viking trading, medieval town life and Victorian toilets in our activity-filled exhibition spaces.
At DIG, learners have a go at excavating finds for themselves. Sessions start in the briefing hut, where pupils are instructed on digging for archaeological finds and kitted out with the tools they will need. Once inside the DIG pits, pupils can unearth real artefacts from four different historical periods and discover more about the history of York over the past 2000 years.