Lindisfarne

07 - 26 September 2021

Help us unearth evidence of life at heart of the early medieval Kingdom of Northumbria - before, during and after the Viking raids

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Lindisfarne is the site of one of the most famous events in British history. In AD 793, Vikings raided the island’s monastery, sending shockwaves across Europe. Help us excavate the remains so that we can piece its story back together.

The monastery on Lindisfarne is no ordinary monastery; it’s where the Lindisfarne Gospels were illustrated, where the treasures that adorned the altars of early Medieval Europe were forged, and where thousands of miracle-seeking pilgrims came to seek healing. It’s also where Vikings launched a series of devastating raids in the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries. As a result, it was largely abandoned, left to ruin, and its original location lost to time.

That was until five years ago when our team of archaeologists, Venturers, and experts from Durham University located the first significant signs of its exact whereabouts. Since then, crowdfunders from around the world have gathered every year to help our archaeologists unearth new evidence from this historic site.

Who was living on the island before, during and after the Viking raids? What can we learn about their lives? How did they survive? And what cultural connections did they have with the wider world?

Despite its fame, historical documents written by chroniclers like Bede and Alcuin only record a fragment of the island’s story, but together, our community has unearthed fascinating new details about the men, women, and children who lived here, where they came from, the food they ate, what they did for fun, how they buried their dead, and the impact of the Viking raids on their community.

We're searching for the original monastery
So far, we've found carved namestones
a rare glass gaming piece
coins and copper artefacts
traces of buildings
evidence of intricate metalworking
and part of an early cemetery
Time Team has even been to inspect the trenches!
Join us online, or on site, to help us continue the search!

Each year, the story is getting clearer, and the details are getting sharper. Some of the discoveries our crowdfunders have made have been so significant that they’ve made international headlines in the Guardian, BBC and Smithsonian.

As well as buildings, workshops and part of a burial ground, our discoveries include early medieval carvings, runic namestones, coins, hairpins, copper rings, and a unique glass gaming piece, and burials, all dating to the early medieval period when Lindisfarne was at the peak of its fame.

Join us for season six!

This year, our archaeological goals will be more important than ever; we’ve started to uncover what looks like the remains of an early medieval smithy, with evidence of the workshop, the furnaces, and the metal itself all still in the ground.

Not only is this an incredibly rare discovery, but given the importance of metalworking to Lindisfarne’s story, to Northumbrian culture, and ultimately to the Viking raiders, it’s potentially one of the most exciting discoveries that could be made.

The island’s monastery would have created items like the Lindisfarne Gospels, reliquaries and altarpieces that were exported to the churches of Europe, as well as everyday items like hoes, nails, and hinges. It’s one thing to find artefacts like these, but quite another to find traces of the workshops where they were actually made.

Can we find any other traces of the monastery whose wealth attracted the Viking raiders? And can you help us do it? If we can, we’ll be making an enormous contribution to the scientific understanding of early medieval metalworking, and to Lindisfarne’s story as a whole.

Always wanted to try archaeology?

Love archaeology? Always wanted to be part of a dig? This is your chance! Everyone is welcome to be part of our crowdfunded digs. You can choose to join our Dig Team, conserve artefacts with the Finds Team, or even bring the kids to DigCamp or DigClub. We’ll provide all the tools and training that you’ll need to learn and make discoveries with our team.

And if you can’t travel, don’t worry; our archaeologists will be running virtual tours, talks and events so that you can still learn and enjoy the real, live archaeology that you’ve helped to crowdfund – from home!

So, whether you want to join us in person, or will be watching online, together we’ll trace the history of Northumbrian monks, Viking raiders, and early medieval metalworking together.

Lindisfarne’s early medieval monastery sat right at the heart of Northumbrian power and politics. It was a major population centre, a hub of cultural influence, and a place of fusion between the Roman and Irish religious worlds… until Vikings attacked.

Sitting on a small tidal island opposite the famous Bamburgh Castle, King Oswald chose Lindisfarne as the place to establish a monastery in AD 635. But it was no ordinary monastery: it quickly grew to become the golden heart of the early medieval kingdom of Northumbria.

Made famous by chroniclers like Bede and Alcuin (and by popular TV shows like Vikings), it’s where the Lindisfarne Gospels were illustrated, where the treasures that adorned the altars of early Medieval Europe were forged, and where thousands of miracle-seeking pilgrims came to seek healing.

Lindisfarne’s power and influence reached deep into the heart of continental Europe, and was described by Alcuin as ‘the most venerable place in Britain’. Its fame, wealth, and the stunning religious artefacts that the were produced by the island’s monks are probably partly what attracted Viking attention…

Now that we’ve located a significant part of the site, we need to recover and record its remains. A lot of evidence survives, and by supporting this dig, you can help us continue the delicate process of recovering it.

Some of the discoveries our crowdfunders made are so significant that they featured in the Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mail and on BBC4’s Digging For Britain programme – this was the very first time any crowdfunded discovery had been featured on the show. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

We found several Anglo-Saxon burials, a namestone, a monumental wall, the outline of several early medieval buildings, plenty of pottery, and a silver coin minted during the reign of King Eadberht, as well as some curious bone artefacts which seem to be proof that some people continued to live on the island long after the monastery was supposedly abandoned.

The archaeology we’re poised to unearth in 2021 has the potential to offer huge insight into the lives of those who lived through Lindisfarne’s golden age, endured the Viking attacks and witnessed this transformative period in English history.

Lindisfarne is one of the most iconic sites in England’s early medieval history. Having been missing for over 1,000 years, we’ve now located a significant part of it.

Only with your support can we continue to uncover the rest of it…

In September 2021, we’ll continue the search for King Oswald’s monastery. The excavation is set to take place over three weeks, from Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th September.

Now that we’ve located a significant part of the monastery, our plan is to use this time to:

  • Continue excavating the buildings and metalworking areas, to see if we can find out what they were for. Mapping out the monastery’s layout will be a huge achievement.
  • Dig deeper into the past. So far, everything we’ve found has been dated to the 8th-10th centuries. But the more we dig, the further back into the past we can head…
  • Investigate the burials we found. We’ve already revealed that buildings and burials are intermingled, and unpicking them will help us learn more about the people who lived and died during Lindisfarne’s heyday
  • Look for evidence of life after the Viking attack. We want to assess the real impact of the raids on the island’s population

We’re also changing the way archaeology is done, sharing the results and discoveries so that you can watch as we make them.

We need to raise £40,000 to carry out our excavation, analyse everything we find, and make the results available online. By supporting the dig, you will be helping us to:

  • Plan the dig. There are some (fairly complicated) logistics involved!
  • Run the excavation. We need enough archaeologists on site to make sure that everyone who comes digging with us has plenty of expert support
  • Pay for all the ‘aftercare’. We’ll need specialists to conserve and take care of all the artefacts we find – especially any burials and human remains
  • Analyse all the finds. We’ll also need specialists to analyse and interpret everything we find, including any burials, animal remains, ceramics, metal artefacts and environmental samples
  • Share lots of updates before, during and after the dig. It doesn’t start and end with excavation. We’ll be publishing videos, live streams, virtual artefacts and blogs so that you can follow the whole process from start to finish
  • Make sure that all of our data, discoveries and interpretation are freely available online. We think that the results of publicly funded research should be free and easy to access. We’ll be putting all of ours online as soon as they’re made.

Support this dig and have a role in some great archaeology!

Where is it?

Our excavation area is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, in front of the priory.

This year, Dig HQ will be the Crossman Hall, in the centre of Holy Island Village.

What are the daily start and finish times?

Our dig days usually run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, but Lindisfarne is NOT one of our usual digs!

Lindisfarne is a tidal island, and it is only safe to travel to and from the mainland at certain times of day. This means that our days will be governed by the tide (how romantic!).

You can check the tide timetables for September 2021 here.

We will flex our start and finish times each day to allow plenty of time for people to travel to and from the mainland.

The earliest we ever start is 09:00 am, and on days with a late morning tide we always allow at least 30 minutes from when the causeway opens to when we begin the day.

 

How have you adapted your digs in response to Covid-19?

We’ve introduced lots of Safe Dig policies which are designed to protect our staff, our Venturers, and the communities we work in. You can read about them here.

What do I need to know about joining the dig team?

Our dig experiences include all the tools, training and one-to-one instruction you will need in order to learn and have a great time whilst you are on site with our team.

Food, travel and accommodation are not included, however there is a list of links and helpful information provided below.

If you want to start planning your journey, check the rest of the FAQs for information about location, start times, food and accommodation.

What do I need to know about joining the Finds Room team?

Our finds experiences include all the tools, training and one-to-one instruction you will need in order to learn and have a great time whilst you are on site with our team.

Food, travel and accommodation are not included, however there is a list of links and helpful information provided below.

If you want to start planning your journey, check the rest of the FAQs for information about location, start times, food and accommodation.

What happens once I make my contribution?

If you’re choosing a Dig or Finds Room experience, you’ll be asked to select your t-shirt size, and start date at checkout.

After that, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with the details you gave us.

You’ll also get a follow-up email with more information about the dig, and the details you need in order to plan your journey.

We’ll then send you an email reminder two weeks before the dig, with info about how to watch the dig online, and any final details about exactly where and when to meet us.

What happens if we don't reach our crowdfunding goal?

We’ve set our crowdfunding goal to match the level of excavation and analysis we think this site deserves. Obviously, the closer we get the better, and the more people who join in the more we can discover, but we won’t abandon our plans if we fall shy of the target – this archaeology is too important to miss!

If we don’t reach our goal, we’ll stick to our guns and do the dig anyway – we’ll just scale down the size of the excavation to suite.

For example, we’d excavate a smaller area and send fewer artefacts off for scientific analysis, but the dig would still happen and you’d still be part of our team.

That being said, we’re confident we’ll reach our goal because we know there’s incredible archaeology waiting to be found and people like YOU are willing to help us prove it!

When will I get my t-shirt?

If you’re joining us on site, you’ll receive your t-shirt when you arrive.

If you’re not joining us on site, we’ll send it to you at the end of dig season (usually October or November).

When will I get my digital goodies?

You’ll start getting all your digital goodies (like video updates and virtual artefacts) when the dig begins.

Once the dig is over, it takes us about 12-18 months to analyse the finds and write up the official report. We’ll keep you updated with any significant developments from the lab during this time. It will be well worth the wait!

Is accommodation included? Where can I stay?

Accommodation is not included, so you can choose to stay wherever suits you best in terms of location and budget.

A quick search online will reveal that there’s plenty to choose from, from holiday parks and self-catering cottages, to B&Bs and hotels – something to suite every budget!It’s important to note that Lindisfarne is a very popular tourist destination and accommodation gets booked up extremely quickly.
If you’re coming to dig with us, we recommend that you book your accommodation for the dig as soon as possible. Here’s a few suggestions:

Hotels, Guest Houses and B&Bs
There are many places to rent a room on Holy Island. A good place to start looking for a place to stay is: https://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/accommodation.htm
On the mainland there are many places to choose from. The closest accommodation to the island is the Lindisfarne Inn: http://www.lindisfarneinn.co.uk, but a simple online search will turn up many options in the area.
Camping
There is strictly no camping allowed on Lindisfarne, but there are some great camp sites nearby on the mainland.
In previous years, some of the DigVentures team have stayed at the Barn at Beal: http://barnatbeal.com/camping/
We also recommend Budle Bay Campsite: http://www.budlebaycampsite.co.uk/
What about food and transport?

You’ll need to make sure that you can get to Lindisfarne for a morning start – remember to check the tide tables!

If you want to make shared travel plans with other Venturers, please note we will be emailing all our crowdfunders a link to our Facebook chat group, where you can make shared travel and accommodation plans together if you wish.

We will be flexing the start / finish times for each day around the tides, so don’t worry that you’ll be missing anything. If you’re staying off-island, you won’t be the only one!

And remember you’ll need to bring your own lunches, or cash to buy some from a local cafe.

Can I come and visit even if I'm not on the dig or finds team?

ABSOLUTELY! We invite all our crowdfunders (and anyone else who is interested) to come and visit. Bring friends, bring family, and make a day out of it!

You’ll be able to come and talk to us in the trenches,and visit the Finds Room in the second week of the dig to see our discoveries.

If you’ve crowdfunded the dig, we’ll also let you know about any special events we put on closer to the time.

What if I've booked, but can't make it in the end?

We can either transfer your dig days to another excavation at our discretion, or you can bequeath them to someone else… go on, pass on the archaeology love!

We’ve also updated our policies in response to Covid-19 to ensure you have the flexibility and security you need.

What if the weather is terrible?

If we could control the weather, we’d make it… temperate! Our ideal conditions are overcast (for taking photos), and drizzly (for keeping the ground soft). Sometimes, we also like a bit of sun (for good morale!)

If the weather’s truly terrible, or obscenely hot, then remember this: archaeology isn’t only outdoors! We can always head indoors to the Finds Room to work on the artefacts… cleaning, examining and identifying the things we’ve found so far.

Is there anything else I should know?

These FAQs should cover everything you need to know for planning your journey.

We’ll send you more specific joining instructions, with additional details about exactly where and when to meet us on Holy Island, two weeks before the dig begins.

Who else is supporting you?

This dig is being run in partnership with Durham University.

How else can I help?

Crowdfunding isn’t the only way you can help. Even just sharing our campaign on social media could introduce us to someone else who wants to support the dig.

Go on… tell your friends, tell your family, tell any archaeology-lovers you know and help us spread the word!

Crowdfund this dig

Choose your benefit level and join the team - online, or on site!

Digital Digger

Thanks for supporting great archaeology!

At this level, you’ll be able to follow our progress in real time on our Dig Timeline, and see all of the discoveries your support helps us make. You’ll also get a credit in the official site report.

Once you’ve made your payment, we’ll send you an email letting you know where you can watch the dig when it begins.

We can’t wait!

 

£10
Radiocarbon Rockstar

A little extra support goes a long way!

Scientific techniques can help us make our discoveries even more fascinating. Isotope analysis can tell us where people came from. Radiocarbon dates can determine how old things are. And residue analysis can reveal what an individual pot may once have contained.

Did the people buried on Lindisfarne actually live during the Viking raids? Was the metalworking area in use at the same time? And can we build up a blow-by-blow timeline of the site?

As one of our Radiocarbon Rockstars, your contribution will help us spend more time examining our discoveries, and learning as much about them as possible.

In return, you’ll get all the benefits of a Digital Digger, PLUS an invite to an exclusive *LIVE* virtual tour with our team. That means you’ll get to:

  • follow our progress and see our discoveries on the Dig Timeline
  • interact with our archaeologists on site with a very special *live* Virtual Tour of the dig
  • updates about any significant findings we make while analysing our discoveries in the lab

In short, you’ll get to see our discoveries up close, interact with our archaeologists while we’re on site, and continue learning even more about the discoveries once we get back to the lab!

Once you’ve made your payment, we’ll send you an email letting you know where you’ll be able to watch the dig. You’ll then receive your Virtual Tour invite once the dig begins.

£25
Team T-shirt

Now you’re making a statement!

It’s Ritual. Pardon my trench. We don’t dig Mondays. Eat Sleep Dig Repeat. We pride ourselves on having the best archaeology team t-shirts in the field.

At this level, you’ll get all the benefits of Digital Digger and Radiocarbon Rockstar, PLUS one of our awesome new team t-shirts for 2021. That means you’ll be able to:

  • follow our progress and see our discoveries on the Dig Timeline
  • interact with our archaeologists on site with a very special *live* Virtual Tour of the dig
  • updates about any significant findings we make while analysing our discoveries in the lab
  • wear one of our famous archaeology team t-shirts!

Choose your size at checkout, and we’ll then send your team t-shirt at the end of field season for you to wear with pride.

Note: we like to keep the design a surprise until the last minute!

£50
*Archaeology A-List*

Make 2021 your year of archaeology…

Never stop discovering new archaeology! At this level, you’ll get all the benefits of Digital Digger, Radiocarbon Rockstar, and Team T-shirt, PLUS… a year’s free Digital Subscription to all of our online events and courses. That’s means you’ll be able to:

  • follow our progress and see our discoveries on the Dig Timeline
  • interact with our archaeologists on site with a very special *live* Virtual Tour of the dig
  • updates about any significant findings we make while analysing our discoveries in the lab
  • wear one of our famous archaeology team t-shirts!
  • get YEAR-ROUND access to all of our archaeology online courses
  • invites to ALL of our online talks, tours, and events throughout the year!

You can choose your t-shirt size at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, we’ll send you an email showing you where you can watch the dig online.

We’ll set up your Digital Subscription within two weeks, and email you again when it’s ready for you to login.

Once the dig begins, you’ll receive your Virtual Tour invite, and your t-shirt!

£75
DigCamp

Archaeology isn’t just for adults!

At this level, you can bring your family to DigCamp for a full day of archaeology and fun, and the chance to make an ancient discovery… together!

Dates:

Sat 11 Sep 2021 – SOLD OUT
Sun 12 Sep 2021 – 1pm-4pm
Sat 18 Sep 2021 – 9am-12pm
Sat 18 Sep 2021 – 1pm-4pm

Suitable for: Parents or guardians with children aged 6-11.

Each DigCamp ticket covers one adult and up to two children. If you want to bring more people, you’ll need to get another ticket.

You will need to enter the names, ages and other details of your family group at checkout (this is very important!)

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

£90
DigClub

Archaeology isn’t just for adults!

At this level, you can bring the fam for an archaeological adventure. You‘ll get to help unearth history, and then take your discoveries to the Finds Room to clean and identify them – all while hanging out with kids their own age. It‘s more grown up than DigCamp, but still just as much fun.

Dates: Sunday 12th September – 11am to 4.30pm
Suitable for: Parents or guardians with children aged 12-16. Each ticket covers one adult and one teenager.

You will need to enter the names, ages and other details of your family group at checkout (this is very important!)

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

£120
Finds For A Day

Welcome to the fascinating world of finds!

You don’t have to dig to make discoveries. At this level, you’ll get to spend a fascinating day handling ancient artefacts with our Finds Team, and learning to clean, sort and identify the finds as they come out of the ground.

Dates: The Finds Room will be open in the second and third weeks of the dig (Tues 14th – Sunday 26th September 2021), and you can join us on Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, Thursday 16, Saturday 18 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 21 SOLD OUT or Thursday 23 SOLD OUT.

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

(also includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

 

£155
Finds For Two Days

Two days in the Finds Room means you get to handle twice as many finds, and have double the fun!

At this level, you’ll learn how to identify bones, ceramics and any other material that comes out of the ground, and try out some more advanced Finds Rooms skills, like using the flotation tank.

Dates: The Finds Room will be open in the second and third weeks of the dig (Tues 14th – Sunday 26th September 2021), and you can start your two day experience on Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, Thursday 16, Saturday 18 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 21 SOLD OUT or Thursday 23 SOLD OUT.

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

(also includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£290
Finds For A Week

Bones, pottery, coins… there is just so much to learn about artefacts. But come and spend a week in our Finds Room and you’ll be up there with the likes of Helen Geake!

As well as learning to carefully clean, sort, and identify the finds, you’ll try out some more advanced skills, and make headway into what archaeologists do with artefacts next.

You’ll also learn about environmental sampling, and some of the other techniques that archaeologists use in the on site Finds Room.

Dates: The Finds Room will be open in the second and third weeks of the dig (Tues 14th – Sunday 26th September 2021),so you can start your week on Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, or Tuesday 21

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

(also includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£560
Dig For A Day

Always wanted to try archaeology? Let’s make your dream come true!

At this level, you’ll get a taste of archaeology with a day digging alongside our team. No experience needed – we’ll teach you everything you need to know to make a REAL discovery.

Dates: The dig will run for three weeks from Tues 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, and you can join us for you dig experience on Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th SOLD OUT, Saturday 11 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, Thursday 16 SOLD OUT, Saturday 18 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 21 SOLD OUT or Thursday 23 SOLD OUT or Saturday 25th SOLD OUT

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig.

(also includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£185
Dig For Two Days

Two days of archaeology is twice as much fun!

At this level, you’ll get plenty of trowel time, plus a chance to try out some more advanced excavation skills, like investigating features, and interpreting stratigraphy.

Dates: The dig will run for three weeks from Tues 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, and you can start your two day experience on Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th SOLD OUT, Saturday 11 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, Thursday 16 SOLD OUT, Saturday 18 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 21 SOLD OUT or Thursday 23 SOLD OUT or Saturday 25th SOLD OUT

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£370
Friends With Benefits

Archaeology is even more fun when there’s two of you!

At this level, you’ll get plenty of trowel time, plus a chance to try out some more advanced excavation skills, like investigating features, and interpreting stratigraphy… together!

Dates: The dig will run for three weeks from Tues 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, and you can start your two day experience on Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th SOLD OUT, Saturday 11 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 14 SOLD OUT, Thursday 16 SOLD OUT, Saturday 18 SOLD OUT, Tuesday 21 SOLD OUT or Thursday 23 SOLD OUT or Saturday 25 SOLD OUT

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£590
Dig For A Week

Level up for a whole week of digging and we’ll teach you how to start thinking like an archaeologist…

You’ll be in the trench from Day One, learning lots of excavation skills, like how to locate archaeological features, investigate what they are, and try your hand at a wide range of different archaeological problems.

By the end of the week, you’ll also know that archaeology is about so much more than digging, and be starting to use different techniques – from geophysics to photogrammetry – to piece the evidence together like a REAL archaeologist!

Dates: The dig runs for three weeks from Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, so you can join us for the first week (7th – 12th September), the second week (14th – 19th September) SOLD OUT, or the final week (21st – 26th September) SOLD OUT.

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£700
Dig For Two Weeks

Seasoned pros would trade their favourite trowel for an opportunity like this!

At this level, you’ll get to experience two whole weeks of an excavation, learn the enormous variety of skills that go with it, and start to see archaeology in a whole new light…

You’ll begin to build up the ‘big picture’ view of archaeology, and how archaeologists interpret a site as new evidence comes to light. You’ll put all these skills into practice and walk away with the confidence to use them – wherever archaeology takes you next.

Dates: The dig runs from Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, so you can join us from Tuesday 7th SOLD OUT, or Tuesday 14th SOLD OUT.

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can choose your start date, and enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£1350
Dig For Three Weeks

Become a real Indiana Jones with a whopping three weeks of digging.

Okay, so there probably won’t be any secret tombs, and hopefully there won’t be any snakes, but with a whole three weeks of archaeology under your belt, you’ll see why real life is so much better than the movies. You’ll get to see the full cycle of an excavation, experience the enormous variety of skills that go with it, and start to see archaeology in a whole new light…

You’ll leave with an understanding of the ‘big picture’ view of archaeology, and how archaeologists interpret a site as new evidence comes to light. You’ll put all these skills into practice and walk away with the confidence to use them – wherever archaeology takes you next.

Dates: The dig runs from Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th September 2021, so you’ll be joining us from start to finish!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

You can enter the details of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, and a welcome email with more information about the dig. Please read it carefully.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£2000

Archaeology student wanting to top up your field skills?

DigVentures is the UK’s only CIfA-accredited field school, and digging alongside our team will give you the chance to try some of the most cutting-edge field techniques.

We’re even happy to give you a skills assessment, targeted training, and… a 20% discount!

To claim your discount, just choose your Dig or Finds Room experience, add it to your basket, and then enter the code DIGSTUDENT20 to get a 20% discount.

Dates: The dig runs for three weeks from Tuesday 7th – Sunday 26th September 2020, so you can join us for the first week (7th – 12th September), the second week (14th – 19th September), or the final week (21st – 26th September).

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation, followed by another email asking for some registration information. Please complete it as soon as you receive it so that we can confirm your place on the dig.

You will also need to send us an email from your tutor confirming your enrollment status.

You can choose your start date (remember: we don’t dig Mondays), and enter the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information for planning your trip is available in the FAQs on this page.

We will also send you an email reminder containing any final details you need to know two weeks before the dig begins.

(You’ll also get all the benefits of Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

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