Justin VDV first met Justin last year when he was one of our competition winners. He’s joined the campaign again this year – we’re so pleased he’s coming back! But why? Read on!

‘Hi! My name is Justin and I live in Somerset. I have a scientific background and naturally inquisitive nature. I am a hands on historian interested in local history, maps and archives, and I’ve been an amateur archaeologist since 2010.

A lifelong fan of Time Team, I could not believe my luck when I found a local archaeological and history project co-ordinated by none other than the late Prof. Mick Aston. Test pitting with him was a great pleasure and we continue his work posthumously.

I was a Weekend Venturer at Leiston Abbey 2013 and learned a lot about larger scale excavation, interpretation and recording. Such amazing weather (guess that can’t be guaranteed!), Kerry Ely’s expert tutelage and working along side a lovely group of similar enthusiasts…… I’m back for more at Leiston Abbey this year.

See you in July!’

Support great archaeology

DigVentures crowdfunds archaeological projects that everyone can be part of, in the UK and overseas. With help from people all over the world, we investigate the past and publish our discoveries online for free. Support one of our digs and you can choose to excavate alongside our team, or watch our discoveries online!

Choose a dig


Fascinated by archaeology? DigVentures runs excavations that anyone can be part of. From Roman ruins and medieval castles, to Bronze Age monuments and industrial heritage. Choose a project to dig alongside our team, take an online course, or get tickets to DigNation 2020 - the festival for archaeology-lovers!

Full Author Profile +