Dig the Tudors at Sudeley Castle

02 - 09 June 2020

Join the search for one of England's last surviving Tudor gardens, and a banqueting house built for Elizabeth I

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Got a thing for the Tudors? Love fine architecture, rich clothes, and powerful queens? We’re continuing our mission to unearth one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens, and a banqueting house built for Elizabeth I. Will you help us?

Sudeley Castle was one of the Tudors’ most beloved palaces, and often housed those closest to the crown. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII while he made his decision to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, later lived after he died.

But hidden in the castle grounds, we’ve found traces of yet another remarkable moment in Tudor history; a famously epic three-day party attended by Elizabeth I to celebrate her victory over the Spanish Armada.

Historical records indicate that in the summer of 1592, Elizabeth and her retinue arrived at Sudeley Castle. It was the eve of the fourth anniversary of her victory over the Spanish Armada and she was clearly in the mood to celebrate; the ensuing party continued for three whole days, and nearly bankrupted her host.

When our team was called in to examine a mysterious grassy hump in the castle grounds, we soon realised that we were looking at a substantial platform, just like those on which a banqueting house would be constructed. Experts from Sudeley Castle now believe that this grassy mound is where Elizabeth’s epic celebration took place.

Our preliminary investigation suggests that this banqueting house was probably a temporary structure built especially for the occasion. Historians are increasingly beginning to recognise the importance of royal tents in Tudor England. Not only were they often enormous and elaborate undertakings that took weeks to build, they were also vital to a proper understanding of Tudor politics, in which a mobile court that could indulge in elaborate displays of wealth and magnificence all over the country were fundamental.

This discovery at Sudeley Castle gives us a rare opportunity to uncover the physical remains of one such structure, and to learn more about the role of royal tents in the Tudor period.

Sudeley Castle has an illustrious history
The remains of a banqueting house built for Elizabeth I are buried in the castle grounds
... along with an original Tudor garden
Geophysics has revealed its ghostly outline
We're going to unearth these incredible 'Tudor treasures'
Watch the discoveries online, or join us on site!

And there’s even more to these remains than meets the eye. A geophysical survey has confirmed that the banqueting house does not stand in isolation, but is in fact surrounded by a buried Tudor garden.

Remarkably, most were destroyed during the 18th and 19th centuries, when a popular landscaping craze swept the country. While some have been reconstructed based on historical evidence, this is one of perhaps only two in the entire country where the original paths are still in place, making this one of England’s last true surviving Tudor gardens.

Bringing it back to the surface would be an amazing achievement, giving us the chance to find out what it would have been like in the days when Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and Katherine Parr walked its paths.

We’re making it our mission to unearth these two extraordinary Tudor treasures, and we’re hoping YOU can help us.

Crowdfund this dig, and you can choose to watch the discoveries online, get hands on with the Finds Team, or join the Dig Team for a chance to make a real Tudor discovery of your own!

People from all over the world are helping
We found the centrepiece of the long-lost Tudor garden
... signifcant signs of Elizabethan feasting
... hints of the long destroyed Winchcombe Abbey
Now, YOU can help us to continue the search
... and unearth EVEN MORE Tudor history!

Investigating the role of royal tents and gardens in Tudor England

When the grand pages of history are dominated by castles, manor houses, and fortifications, it’s easy to think of royal tents and 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 – and the royal tents often built within them – became places to entertain, feast, and to display newly found wealth, success and power.

One particularly detailed description of a temporary banqueting house built at Whitehall in 1581, ahead of negotiations for Elizabeth’s potential marriage to the Duc d’Alencon, states that the 332 foot long structure took 3 weeks and 3 days to build, was held up with 30 masts, and involved 375 people. The canvas walls were painted to look like stone, the roof was painted with stars, clouds and sunbeams to look like the sky, while the insides decorated with “292 glass lights… and… all manner of strang[e] flowers… garnished with spangs of gould [and fruits like] pomegarnetts, orrnges, pompions, cowcumbers, grapes, carettes, peas and such like”.

As historians are increasingly beginning to assert, these royal tents were not only enormous and elaborate undertakings that often took weeks to build, they are also vital to a proper understanding of Tudor politics, in which a mobile court that could indulge in elaborate displays of wealth and magnificence while moving around country was fundamental.

And as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold (the meeting that took place just outside of Calais between Henry VIII and Francis I, King of France, and which took its name from the array of fabulous golden tents that housed the two kings’ entourages), the potential significance of this discovery becomes all the more clear.

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. 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 an eight day excavation, with the specific aim of finding out more about the garden, the party held during Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1592, and the role of royal tents and temporary structures in Tudor England.

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, and contribute physical evidence to ongoing historical work that aims to re-establish the central role of mobile courts and royal tents in Tudor politics
  • Potentially contribute to the future regeneration of an original Tudor garden

Funding:

We need to raise £10,000 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 eight continuous days, from Tues 02 – Tues 09 June 2020.

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

Each dig day runs from 9:30 am – 4:30 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 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 us within the castle grounds once you’ve signed up for the dig.

What can I expect?

Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced digger, joining us for just a day or staying the full two weeks, we’ll do our best to make sure you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We’ll make every effort to provide a healthy dose of fun and social activity, but it is still a real research excavation; it’s not your usual relaxing holiday! Fieldwork can be challenging, and weather conditions, daily work schedules and varied terrain are all part of the rich tapestry of archaeological fieldwork.

Participants must accept this as part of what archaeologists regularly deal with during research digs, and as part of what makes DigVentures experiences so unforgettable! So, please prepare to learn, to laugh, to work hard, and to play a bit as well!

Once you’ve had your morning briefing, and completed the basic training, we’ll head straight to the trenches.

Depending on what’s been uncovered by the time you arrive, this could be:

  • Troweling back to look for new features on the surface
  • Helping to investigate a feature that’s already been identified
  • Excavating something like a building, a post-hole, a pit or even a burial
  • Recording, photographing or interpreting the archaeology

You’ll have an experienced and friendly archaeologist at your side, and before long, you’ll be learning to identify artefacts, spot features and new archaeological layers and record your own discoveries in our online app.

The specifics of what we do on site will change daily, depending on the archaeology that needs to be done, but we will ALWAYS have elevensies, lunch and an afternoon tea break!

Please remember that archaeology isn’t just about digging – it’s also about recording and understanding everything we find. This is a vital part of the process, and it’s where you really get to start thinking like an archaeologist!

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

Our Finds Room will be running from Thurs 04 – Tues 09 June 2020.

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

Each Finds Room day runs from 9:30 am – 4:30 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 before 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 us within the castle grounds once you’ve signed up for the dig.

What can I expect?

Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced artefact-handler, joining us for just a day or staying for the whole Finds week, we’ll do our best to make sure you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Part of the fun of archaeology is never knowing exactly what you’re going to find. Since you’ll be working on material that has come out of the trenches during the excavation, you could be handling all manner of artefacts – bone, stone, ceramic, and even environmental evidence.

You’ll learn how to deal with different types of material, and get hands-on helping us to clean, identify, sort and quantify the artefacts as they emerge.

What do I need to know about joining DigCamp or DigClub?

DigCamp

Friday 05 June 2020, or Saturday 06 June 2020
10:30 am – 3 pm
Suitable for families with children aged 6-11
Each ticket covers one adult and up to two children

DigClub

Friday 05 June 2020, or Saturday 06 June 2020
10:30 am – 3 pm
Suitable for families with teenagers aged 12-16
Each ticket covers one adult and one teenager

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 once you’ve signed up for the dig.

What can we expect?

You really do get to be an archaeologist for the day! We’ll start by exploring the gardens, looking for clues about the Tudor queens who once enjoyed them. Then, we’ll show you how to identify different artefacts, and finally… we’ll show you how to dig!

Once you’re all trained up, you’ll get to jump into the trenches alongside our professional archaeologists and help them excavate Sudeley Castle’s amazing secrets. In one single day, you’ll get to discover one of the most important sites in Tudor history… and have a bucket-load of fun!

This is a rough outline of the day – please remember that this is a real, working archaeological dig and things may be slightly different on the day.

10:30        Arrival, Health and Safety talk, Risk Assessment
11:00        Site tour
11:30        Finds
12:30        Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)
13:00        Digging begins
14:00        Short break
15:00        End of day!

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 providing a bit more information.

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.

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!

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 see highlights from the dig online, and get updates about all the discoveries your support helps us make.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll get an email confirming your contribution. We’ll also email you when the dig begins letting you know where you can see our dig highlights.

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, you’ll get an email confirming your contribution. We’ll also email you when the dig begins letting you know where you can see our dig highlights. 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
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)

£50
Science Superstar

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.

Yes, scientific techniques can help us extract even more information from the things we find, but we need laboratory specialists to run the tests for us.

As one of our Science Superstars, we’ll put your contribution straight towards doing more analysis, plus you’ll get one of our amazing Archaeology Team T-shirts!

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email letting you know where you can watch the dig when it begins.

And once we complete the lab work, you’ll get to learn more about the results, what they mean, and the techniques we used. You’ll have to be patient with us though – it could take up to 12 months after the dig for any analysis to be completed.

But you’ll know that your contribution is helping to get some extra special work done.

(Science Superstar includes all the benefits above, plus Digital Digger, Make It Official, and Team 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.

Where: Sudeley Castle

Friday 05 June 2020, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sold out)

Saturday 06 June 2020, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sold out)
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 can choose your DigCamp date, and enter the names and ages of your family group at checkout (very important!)

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

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you to some additional information about the dig.

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

Suitable for children aged 6-11

£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 07 June 2020, 10:30 – 15:00
Suitable for: Parents or guardians with children aged 12-16. Each ticket covers one adult and one teenager.

You will be able to enter the names and ages 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 welcome email pointing you to more information about the dig.

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

£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 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 from Thurs 04 – Tues 09 June 2020, and you can join us on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

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 can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£145
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 from Thurs 04 – Tues 09 June 2020, and you can join us on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

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 can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£290
Finds for a week

A week in the 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.

Dates: The Finds Room will be open from Thurs 04 – Tues 09 June 2020, and you can start your week with us on Thurs 04.

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 can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£560
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 continuously for eight days, from Tues 02 – Tues 09 June 2020. You can join us on Tue 02, Thu 04, Sat 06, Sun 07, or Mon 08.

You can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

(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 continuously for eight days, from Tues 02 – Tues 09 June 2020. You can start your experience on Tue 02, Thu 04, Sat 06, Sun 07, or Mon 08.

You can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£370
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 continuously for eight days, from Tues 02 – Tues 09 June 2020. You can start your experience on Tue 02, Thu 04, Sat 06, Sun 07, or Mon 08.

You can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£590
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 continuously for eight days, from Tues 02 – Tues 09 June 2020. Each ‘Dig for a week’ experience is six days, so you can choose to start your experience on Tue 02 (until Sun 07), or Thu 04 (until Tues 09).

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 can choose your date, and enter the details of who you’re booking for, at checkout.

Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive a welcome email pointing you towards some additional information about the dig.

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

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

£700
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 start date, and the details of anyone you are booking for, at checkout.

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.

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

20% off
Dig the whole dig

Experience the full excavation, and all the skills that go with it. Even pros would trade their favourite trowel for this!

£825
Any amount

Want to make a contribution that helps someone else?

Sometimes people ask us how they can make a contribution to the dig, but forego any benefits like t-shirts, or digging. We are so touched by these requests, that we have decided to do something very special… We’re formally opening a Pay It Forward option!

Ready to make your contribution, but want to pass on the benefits? Just close this box, choose the benefit level that matches the contribution you want to make, and make sure you write PAY IT FORWARD in the order notes.

You’ll still receive email updates about the dig, and be able to follow online – just like a Digital Digger – but instead of receiving any associated benefits like t-shirts, or a place on the Dig Team, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that the full amount of your contribution has gone straight towards the project AND that we’ll use it to help create a dig place for someone else who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

PS. If you’re choosing to contribute anything above £75, our booking system will ask you to choose a date. Just pick one to keep the system happy, and we’ll know to ignore it!

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