‘Dig Greater Manchester’ funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and managed by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford (CfAA) will probably be the largest community based archaeological project in the country covering the whole of Greater Manchester along with Blackburn with Darwen. The project will run over the next four and a half years.
Each local authority will have one archaeological evaluation lasting up to three weeks, up to five training workshops and up to five lectures/presentations. The best two, most suitable of the eleven sites evaluated will be subjected to a large scale archaeological excavation lasting 5-6 weeks. Each dig, workshop and presentation event will be open to members of the public and local communities.
There will be strong educational element designed to accommodate up to ten local schools and colleges who will take part in activities on site including digging. Each school will have a visit from the dedicated educational/outreach officer before and after their site visit to help with any project that they may develop as a result of their experience on Dig Greater Manchester.