Sudeley Castle

21st May - 2nd June 2019

Join the search for a rare Tudor garden, and the missing remains of a banqueting house built for Elizabeth I...

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£20,000 Goal
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Got a thing for the Tudors? Love fine architecture, rich clothes, and powerful queens?

This dig is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help archaeologists investigate the scene of an epic party attended by Elizabeth I, and unearth an original Tudor garden…

For nearly a thousand years, Sudeley Castle has been home to some of the most famous monarchs in English history. Starting with Goda, daughter of King Ethelred the Unready, the castle was later occupied by Richard III, who built its magnificent banqueting hall, and then by King Charles I, who made it his temporary base during the English Civil War.

But it was the Tudors who really made Sudeley their own: it’s where Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn while he made his decision to begin the Dissolution of the monasteries; where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, later lived and was finally laid to rest; and where Elizabeth I famously attended an epic three day party celebrating the defeat the Spanish Armada.

Set against Gloucestershire’s beautiful Cotswold Hills, visitors can enjoy walking among its many public rooms. But its history is not just on the inside…

Sudeley Castle has an illustrious history
A very rare Tudor garden is hidden underground
Geophysics revealed its ghostly outline
We're setting out to unearth it ...
... and investigate the banqueting house where Elizabeth I so famously partied
Join us - online, or on site!

Unearth an original Tudor Garden

In the 19th century, masonry and other items were recovered from a mysterious hump in one of the castle’s nearby fields.

Now, a recent geophysical survey has revealed that this hump is surrounded by the ghostly layout of a nearly perfect, undisturbed Tudor garden.

Many of England’s Tudor gardens were swept away by the popular landscaping movement inspired by Capability Brown.

Thankfully, Sudeley Castle seems to have escaped the craze, making this ‘ghost garden’ one of perhaps only two remaining gardens in England where the original Tudor paths survive.

This is really rare because most of the Tudor gardens are so called ‘improved’ or dug over, or just ruined in subsequent centuries. But in Sudeley Castle we have a place that is virtually unspoilt… and I’m thrilled to see what DigVentures will find next summer – Philippa Gregory, author and historian

Investigate the scene of Elizabeth I’s epic party

As if the tantalizing prospect of re-discovering a rare Tudor garden isn’t enough, there’s yet another intriguing piece of history hidden among the rosebushes.

We know that Queen Elizabeth I visited Sudeley Castle in the summer of 1592, while on a tour of her kingdom.

Celebrating the anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada, Elizabeth and her retinue embarked on three days of such extravagant partying that it nearly bankrupted her host.

This epic celebration has been described as one of the longest in royal history. But where, oh where, did it take place?

Based on the geophysics and masonry already found, we think it was right in the middle of the ‘ghost garden’! In 2018, test-pitting revealed that the mysterious ‘hump’ contains a platform, similar to other temporary structures of the period associated with Elizabeth I’s progresses around the country. In short, she partied in the garden, rather than an indoor banqueting hall!

Help us recover the evidence

There’s a tremendous amount of history in the ground there and no one has seen it since it was buried – Philippa Gregory

Gardeners, archaeologists, and history-lovers unite! Grab your trowels, because with your help, the answer is YES.

In fact, it’s so exciting that Philippa Gregory (yes, she who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl!) will be joining the team in 2019.

Support this dig and you can excavate alongside our team, join us in the Finds Room, or follow our progress online as we uncover one of the last remaining Tudor gardens in England…

When the grand pages of history are dominated by castles, manor houses, and fortifications, it’s easy to think of gardens as little more than decorative doodles, but just as deer parks were used to cement social and political relationships in the early 16th century, Tudor gardens became places to entertain, feast, and to display newly found wealth, success and power.

This was especially true during the reign of Elizabeth I, whose love of display accelerated the creation of increasingly elaborate gardens.

Unlike her father, for whom it was unthinkable that any noble might live in more splendid surroundings than his own, Elizabeth egged them on, and indoor politicking spilled into the open.

Each summer, Elizabeth and her court would leave London on a ‘progress’ around the country, lodging with noble families often for weeks at a time.

As queen, [Elizabeth’s] great love for gardens transformed her country, and made gardeners of statesmen, courtiers and soldiers – Trea Martin, author ‘Queen Elizabeth in the Garden’

These visits were highly coveted by her two closest advisors; Dudley, a close confidant harboring romantic intentions, and Cecil her chief political advisor intent on keeping Dudley at bay. To entice Elizabeth to visit, and amuse her once she arrived, they created gardens and landscapes of increasing complexity, each bolder and more elaborate than the next.

Rosemary bushes shimmered with gold leaf. Bridges magically brimmed with wine. Dudley and Cecil, the two most powerful men in England, driven by their rivalry, devised ever more elaborate gardens to impress their queen.

It’s little wonder, then, that as Elizabeth toured the country, each of her hosts felt compelled to construct brand new gardens ahead of her arrival – each one a miniature wonderland, where the queen and her retinue would revel, feast and be entertained.

But these visits served a dual purpose. The “honour” of such a visit could also reduce a lord’s wealth substantially; Elizabeth and her retinue would devour all their stores. By the time they finally left Sudeley Castle in 1592, her host Lord Chandos had nearly bankrupted himself.

The startling thing is that for all their extravagance, barely a single Elizabethan garden survives. If they weren’t destroyed in the Civil War, they crumbled into ruin over the next few decades. And those that made it any further were erased during the popular landscaping movement of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The ghostly outline revealed at Sudeley Castle gives us a unique chance to unearth an original Tudor garden, and recover a moment in time when the humble garden became a beloved part of English life, and took on an even more important role: one of political influence.

This crowdfunding campaign will enable us to run a two-week excavation, with the specific aim of finding out more about the garden, and the party held during Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1592.

Participation:

Crowdfunders will be able to:

  • Join the Dig Team for anywhere between one day and two weeks
  • Join the Finds Team
  • Watch the dig online
  • Visit the dig and be part of a selection of VIP events

Our archaeological goals:

  • Reveal the layout of the garden.
  • Recover botanical evidence
  • Investigate the banqueting platform
  • Potentially contribute to the future regeneration of an original Tudor garden

Funding:

We need to raise £20,000 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
  • Provide free events alongside the dig. We can’t to share the history you’re helping us uncover with as many people as possible, so alongside the dig we’ll run free events, details of which we’ll publish on our Calendar.
  • 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
  • Write the official excavation report
  • 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.
Where is Sudeley Castle?

What do I need to know about joining the Dig Team?

Our crowdfunded dig at Sudeley Castle is set to run for two weeks, from Tuesday 21st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019.

You’ll need to pick which date you want to start at checkout (our new intake days are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and we don’t dig Mondays!)

Each dig day runs from 9am – 5pm, and you’ll need to arrive in plenty of time. This is especially important on your first day, as you’ll need to complete an archaeological briefing and risk assessment before we can get you into the trenches.

We provide 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. You just need to bring yourself, a packed lunch and a bucketful of curiosity!

We’ll send you the exact details of where to meet within the grounds of Sudeley Castle, and any other final details, two weeks before the dig begins.

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

Our Finds Room will be running throughout the second week of the excavation, from Tuesday 28th May – Sunday 2nd June 2019.

You’ll need to pick which date you want to start at checkout (our new intake days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

Each Finds Room day runs from 9 am – 5 pm, and you’ll need to arrive in plenty of time. This is especially important on your first day, as you’ll need to complete an archaeological briefing and risk assessment you can start handling any artefacts.

We provide 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.

You just need to bring yourself, a packed lunch and a bucketful of curiosity!

We’ll send you the exact details of where to meet within the grounds of Sudeley Castle, and any other final details, two weeks before the dig begins.

We can’t wait!

What do I need to know about joining DigCamp?

Sudeley Castle DigCamp will run from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday 25th May 2019.

We provide 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.

You just need to bring yourself, a packed lunch, a bucketful of curiosity… and your junior archaeologists!

We’ll send you the exact details of where to meet within the grounds of Sudeley Castle, and any other final details you need to know for your big day, two weeks before the dig begins.

We can’t wait!

Is food, transport or accomodation included?

Food, transport and accommodation are not included. You’ll need to make your own arrangements.

Food: We recommend bringing a packed lunch suitable for enjoying picnic-style in the gardens. Alternatively, there’s the option to buy lunch in Sudeley Castle’s Terrace Restaurant for anyone who prefers to enjoy eating in style!

Transport: 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.

Accommodation: There are plenty of places to stay in the area, including Sudeley Castle cottages. If you’re interested in booking one, please contact them directly letting them know you’re part of the DigVentures excavation.

What happens once I make my crowdfunding contribution?

Hooray! So you’ve decided to crowdfund the campaign. We’ll ask you for any relevant details, like t-shirt size, or your preferred dates, and the names of any companions you’ll be bringing, at checkout.

You’ll receive a payment confirmation as soon as you make your payment, and a separate follow-up email asking for a few more details that we need to complete your registration.

We’ll also email you a reminder including how to watch the dig, and any final details you need to know, two weeks before the dig begins.

If you’re keen to start planning your trip, we’ve provided some suggestions about where to stay in the food, transport and accommodation section.

What happens if you don't reach the 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 received my goodies?

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

If you’re watching from home, we’ll send out any physical goodies, like team t-shirts, at the end of field season in 2019.

You’ll then start getting all your digital goodies (like videos 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!

And what about DigNation Beta…?

We’ll email you whenever there’s an upcoming talk for you to watch online, and send you more details about the one day conference we’re planning in September closer to the time!

Can I come and visit even if I'm not joining the Dig or Finds team?

ABSOLUTELY! We invite everyone who crowdfunds the dig to come and visit. Bring friends, bring family, make a day of it! If you give us a heads up, we might even be able to squeeze you onto one of our VIP tours.

You can also check our calendar for details of any free or other public events we’ll be running alongside the dig closer to the time.

What if I have done archaeology before, or am an archaeology student?

We also offer a special discount rate for students – just look for the ‘Student’ benefit level.

What happens if I can no longer make it in the end?

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

What if the weather is terrible?

Archaeology isn’t only outdoors! If the weather’s truly terrible, we can head to the archaeology lab to work on the finds… cleaning, examining and identifying the things we’ve found so far.

Is there anything else I can do to 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!

Crowdfund this dig

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

Digital Digger

Thanks for supporting great archaeology!

You’ll be able to watch the dig unfold online, and see the discoveries your support helps us make.

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

We can’t wait!

£10
Make it official

A little extra support goes a long way!

At this level, you’ll get all the benefits of a Digital Digger, PLUS 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.

And when the official site report is finally ready, we’ll email you a copy… with your name in it!

We’ll also keep you updated while we write it, with news about any significant findings we make while analysing the discoveries in the lab.

It can take around 12-18 months for all the results to come through and get the report written up, but it will be well worth the wait!

£25
Archaeology Team T-shirt

Now you’re making a statement!

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, we’ll send you one of our latest exclusive designs, as worn by our team.

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!

(includes all the benefits of Digital Digger and Make it official)

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£50
DigNation Beta

Want more archaeology to watch?

During the DigNation Festival, we livestreamed talks from some amazing archaeologists like Francis Pryor, Helen Geake and David Petts, so that people from all over the world could watch. Since then, we’ve been asked by so many of you to keep doing it… and that’s exactly what this brand new benefit level is for!

This year, we’ll be organising more talks, from more of our favourite archaeologists.

With DigNation Beta, you’ll get invited to exclusive livestreamed events throughout the year, including talks from up-and-coming specialists, Q&A sessions with our team, plus a one-day conference in September!

Once you’ve made your payment, we’ll add you to our special DigNation Beta list, and send you invites whenever there’s an upcoming event!

You’ll also get all the benefits of a Digital Digger, and Make It Official.

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£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.

Where: Sudeley Castle
When: Saturday 25th May 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Each DigCamp ticket covers up to three people, including at least one adult.

You can enter the names and ages of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

Suitable for children aged 6-11

(includes Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team T-shirt)

£90
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 day handling ancient artefacts, and learning to clean, sort and identify them as they come out of the ground.

Dates: The Finds Room will be open in the second week of the dig (Tues 28th May – Sun 2nd June 2019), and you can join us on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday (and remember: we don’t dig Mondays!)

You can enter your chosen date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

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

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£135
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 week of the dig (Tues 10th – Sun 15th September 2019), and you can begin your two Finds Room experience on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday (and remember: we don’t dig Mondays!)

You can enter your chosen start date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£270
Finds for a week

A week in the Finds Room and you’ll be up there with the likes of Helen Geake!

Dates: Your week in the Finds Room runs Tuesday 28th May – Sunday 2nd June 2019 (remember, we don’t dig Mondays!)

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 can enter the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

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

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£520
Dig for a day

Always wanted to try archaeology? 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 from 21st May – 2nd June 2019, and you can join us on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.

You can enter your chosen date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

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

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£175
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 from 21st May – 2nd June 2019, and you can begin your two day dig experience on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday (and remember: we don’t dig Mondays!)

You can enter your chosen start date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£350
Friends with benefits

Archaeology is double the 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 from 21st May – 2nd June 2019, and you can begin your two day dig experience on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. (and remember: we don’t dig Mondays!)

You can enter your chosen date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£575
Dig for a week

Come for a week and get trained up as an archaeologist!

You’ll be in the trench from Day One and learn lots of extra skills, like how to locate archaeology, analyse what you find, and provide the aftercare for your discoveries.

Dates: The dig will run from 21st May – 2nd June 2019, and you can join us for the first week (Tues 21st – Sun 26th May) or the second week (Tues 28th – Sun 2nd June). Remember: we don’t dig Mondays!

You can enter your chosen start date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£675
Dig for two weeks

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

At this level, 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 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: Your two week dig experience runs from 21st May – 2nd June 2019 (remember, we don’t dig Mondays!)

You can enter your chosen date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

Basic details about where to meet, what to bring, and other information about 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.

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

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

£1300
Student discount

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 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.

You can enter your chosen date, and the names and t-shirt sizes (S-XXL) of anyone you are booking for at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a payment confirmation with all the details you gave us.

We’ll then follow up as soon as we can with another email asking for any more information that we need to officially register you on the dig. Please be patient!

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

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

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

**Want to brush up on your archaeology skills before you arrive? Use the discount code CROWDFUNDER2019 to get a 20% discount on ‘How To Do Archaeology’, our six week online course starting in January**

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