DIG SEASON 2021

Always wanted to try archaeology? Find out how you can join our team in 2021, or read about our Safe Dig & Bookings policies in response to Covid-19. If you have a place rolled over from 2020, we have already emailed your booking options.

What’s on

See all the digs, talks, courses, festivals and other events coming up at DigVentures

ONLINE

Deeper Than ‘The Dig’, with Martin Carver

via Zoom / 14 May 2021

In this major new line-up of online talks, our DVIP Speakers are here to put archaeology in perspective. Starting with Martin Carver (lead archaeologist at Sutton Hoo from1983-2005) we'll head straight into the hot topic of how our understanding of the iconic ship burial has changed in the 75 years since the famous excavation portrayed in ‘The Dig’ ...

ONLINE

Preview Screening for Subscribers with Q&A

via Zoom / 28 May 2021

Join us for the exclusive preview of a brand new four-part docuseries featuring archaeologists from DigVentures. Due to air this summer, our team will be gathering online to watch a first cut of Episode 1 and we would love you to join us. Seriously, we'd LOVE it. We want to see what you think of it, and treat you to a very special virtual red carpet event...

(This event is for Subscribers only)

Priority booking for Subscribers until 28 May
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Barnard Castle during the Cholera Epidemic of 1849

via Zoom / 02 June 2021

In 1849, Cholera came to Barnard Castle. Join us to learn about the devastating conditions of the epidemic, how people lived through the ordeal and how, in the end, the cholera epidemic led to improved public health in Barnard Castle. All with a focus on Rev George Dugard, a key figure of the community during this time.

Windows to the World Festival

Barnard Castle / 12 - 23 July 2021

SAVE THE DATES! This summer, DigVentures is co-hosting Windows to the World Festival, celebrating the colourful history of one of the oldest buildings in our hometown of Barnard Castle - St Mary's Church. Buzzing with art, music, and talks, there'll be something for everyone to enjoy - in person, and online. More details coming soon...

IN THE FIELD

Dirty Weekend at Soulton Hall

Shropshire / 24-25 July 2021

A weekend of archaeology with the DigVentures team. You’ll learn (and use) all the basic skills that a field archaeologist uses on a dig, while helping us to solve a mini archaeological mystery. Our friendly team of professional archaeologists will be there to guide your search for evidence every step of the way, and you'll learn how to excavate, recognise new archaeological layers, identify finds, and record your discoveries like a pro.

Priority booking for Subscribers until 30 June
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IN THE FIELD

Archaeology dig in Driffield

East Yorkshire / 10 - 22 Aug 2021

Explore the early days of Roman Britain, and unearth new evidence from one of the oldest Roman settlements north of the Humber. Spanning the first four centuries AD, this site includes, homes, buildings, mosaics and plenty of pottery. Help us continue investigating the Roman pioneers, as well the lives of those who lived here before, during and after their arrival.

Your options: Join the Dig Team or Finds Team, bring the kids to DigCamp or DigClub, watch online

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ONLINE

The Architecture of Richard III

via Zoom / 01 Sept 2021

Discover a different perspective on one of England's most famous kings. In this talk, we'll explore one of Richard’s role as an architectural patron with Buildings Archaeologist, James Wright. From Middleham and Warwick, to Sudeley Castle, we'll get a rare and detailed glimpse into the architectural world of Richard III - setting his building projects in their wider 15th century context.

IN THE FIELD

Archaeology dig at Lindisfarne

Northumberland / 07 - 26 Sept 2021

Trace the history of Northumbrian monks and Viking raids, and discover new clues at one of the most famous archaeological sites in Britain. Spanning the years from AD 700 - 1100, the site includes part of the monastery that was famously raided by Vikings in AD 793. Help us search for new evidence as we continue our flagship excavation in partnership with Durham University.

Your options: Join the Dig Team or Finds Team, bring the kids to DigCamp or DigClub, watch online

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IN THE FIELD

DigCamp at Lindisfarne (ages 6-12)

Northumberland / 11 - 18 Sept 2021

Archaeology isn‘t just for adults! Bring your family to DigCamp and spend a day doing archaeology together on Lindisfarne! You‘ll get to unearth evidence of the early medieval monks who lived on the island before, during, and after the Viking raids.

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IN THE FIELD

DigClub at Lindisfarne (ages 12-16)

Northumberland / 12 Sept 2021

Archaeology for teenagers?! YAAAAAS! Bring your teens to Lindisfarne for a day out investigating life on the island before, during, and after the Viking raids. You‘ll get to help unearth part of an early medieval monastery - all while hanging out with kids their own age. It‘s more grown up than DigCamp, but still just as much fun.

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IN THE FIELD

Archaeology dig at Sudeley Castle

Gloucestershire / 19 - 30 October 2021

Join the DigVentures team on a real, archaeological dig. You’ll learn (and use) all the basic skills that a field archaeologist uses on a dig, while helping us to solve a mini archaeological mystery. Our friendly team of professional archaeologists will be there to guide your search for evidence every step of the way, and you'll learn how to excavate, recognise new archaeological layers, identify finds, and record your discoveries like a pro.

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IN THE FIELD

DigCamp at Sudeley Castle (ages 6-12)

Gloucestershire / 23 - 27 October 2021

Archaeology isn't just for adults! Bring the family to enjoy some hands-on archaeology with the DigVentures team. You'll have plenty of fun as we investigate a Tudor mystery at Sudeley Castle.

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IN THE FIELD

DigClub at Sudeley Castle (ages 12-16)

Gloucestershire / 24 - 28 October 2021

Archaeology for teenagers?! YAAAAAS! Bring your teens to Sudeley Castle for a day out investigating Tudor history with the DigVentures team. You‘ll get to search for archaeological clues, all while hanging out with kids their own age. It‘s more grown up than DigCamp, but still just as much fun.

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ONLINE

How To Do Archaeology

Online Course / Start anytime

Want to learn more about the ins and outs of doing archaeology? If you can't get out into the field, this 6 week course will teach you everything from how archaeologists decide where to dig, to what happens to all the finds. It's like attending an archaeology fieldschool, but it's online!

Become a DigVentures Digital Subscriber to gain unlimited access to all of our online courses, for as long as you need.

Early bird booking for Subscribers!

Our Subscribers help us create archaeology that everyone can be part of - online, and in the field. So whenever we add something really big, new, or popular, we always give you an opportunity to book in advance of open registration.


Digital Subscribers get priority booking for online events.
Field and DVIP Subscribers get priority booking for online AND 'in the field' events.
Family Subscribers get priority booking for family-friendly events.


It's one of the many little perks we give our Subscribers for helping us do what we do, and push the boundaries of public involvement in archaeology. It's archaeology in your hands!

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Get in the trenches with our expert team.

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  • Perfect for anyone who wants more field experience
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Dirty Weekend Venturer

Two days of action-packed archaeology.

  • Taster sessions for adventurous travellers and the culturally curious
  • Work with professional archaeologists & try specialist activities tailored to the site
  • Learn what it’s really like on an archaeological site after ‘Tools down’!
  • No experience needed – we’ll teach you all you need to know

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