The project aims to learn more about the site’s past as Roman fortification. Was this a temporary camp created by an army marching north to expand the empire? Was it a short-lived fortification designed to house troops and equipment in advance of a military operation? Could it be evidence of troops being trained in the swift construction of defensive features in frontier territory?

Dig York Stadium offers you the chance to investigate the archaeology of the site with professionals from York Archaeological Trust who will share their knowledge and skills, teaching you new skills and helping you develop existing ones in the field of archaeological practice.

On Wednesday 12th November, the York Archaeological Trust will be holding a lunchtime event at the Mansion House in York between 12 and 2pm. There will be presentations from the archaeologists who will be leading the project and information on the numerous ways you can get involved. Those wishing to be part of the community team will have the chance to sign up for the project and learn more background information about the site.

Get involved

As work commences, we will release regular updates via a blog [] and our twitter account @digyorkstadium (non-twitter users can still view the updates at

If it is not possible for you to make the open day at the Mansion House, please contact with any questions or to register your interest in the project.

York’s importance as a centre of medieval trade and a Viking stronghold is well known. The Community Stadium project offers the chance to learn more about how the frontier of York was originally absorbed into the Roman Empire and subsequently defended. This period of Roman expansion marked the real beginning of York’s long history as a burgeoning settlement, don’t miss out on the chance to add your own discoveries to this story.

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