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Dirty Weekends – good clean fun

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If there’s a better way to unwind after a hard week at the office, we’ll eat our hats!

Check our Dig Calendar for our upcoming digs.

Please note: Lindisfarne 2017 is SOLD OUT

Dirty Weekends are two days of action-packed archaeology, led by experts on some of the UK’s most exciting sites. Each one starts with a Friday evening rendezvous, when you’ll be briefed on your archaeological mission. You’ll then have two whole days on Saturday and Sunday to excavate alongside professional archaeologists, and find out as much as you can about events that transpired thousands of years ago.

Investigate a Neolithic monument? Find a long-lost Anglo-Saxon monastery? Explore an Iron Age tower? No previous archaeological experience is necessary to join our digs! We’ll bring the tools, the expertise and the commitment to teach you everything you want to learn – you just bring yourself, a desire to learn and have fun… Oh, and maybe some PJs!

Accommodation and other specifics will vary from site to site, but one thing is certain: it will be a weekend you’ll never forget!

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Where can we dig?

We’ll be announcing our dig dates for 2017 in the New Year! Rest assured, from Neolithic monuments to Iron Age hillforts and Iron Age towers, there’ll be something for everyone. Plus we’ll be digging from May to September… that’s plenty of time in which to find a spare weekend!

Because we haven’t announced our dates, Dirty Weekends aren’t available to book just yet, but you CAN grab a Gift Certificate – all of which are valid on any DigVentures excavation up to one year from purchase.

What will we be doing?

You really do get to be an archaeologist for the weekend! Each Dirty Weekend starts with a Friday evening rendezvous when you’ll find out about your archaeological mission, meet the team and your fellow Dirty Weekenders.

You’ll then have two days to excavate alongside professional archaeologists, and try out a range of other archaeological activities – each tailored to the site you’re working on.

Who will we be digging with?

As well as other Dirty Weekenders, you will be digging alongside an expert team from your chosen site, as well as DigVentures’ own professional archaeologists.

Our groups are small and friendly, and places are limited to make sure that each Dirty Weekend is a unique experience and that you get the full attention of our team. It’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

What’s the schedule like?

Each Dirty Weekend starts with a Friday evening rendezvous, but please check the individual Dirty Weekend page for specific details.

What do the costs cover?

The costs cover everything archaeology related (including all tuition, specialist sessions and conservation and analysis of the finds), plus light refreshments and a DigVentures t-shirt. Book for two using the ‘Friends with Benefits’ option to get a 20% discount!

Please note that Dirty Weekend purchases do not include travel, accommodation or meals. Arrangements vary from site to site, so please check the individual Dirty Weekend pages for full details. Please read our Terms and Conditions for further information.

What should we bring?

Please check the individual Dirty Weekend pages for full details, but generally speaking you will need to bring a packed lunch and appropriate clothing… oh, and bags of enthusiasm!

Who are Dirty Weekends suitable for?

Age: Participants must be 17 years of age or older to join the dig. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a registered participant. If you would like to book a dig experience for a child, have a look at our awesome DigCamp!

People with Disabilities: We strive to do our best to ensure everyone has a chance to experience archaeology, and have worked with many differently-abled participants on our sites. We are very happy to discuss special accommodations on a case-by-case basis and do whatever we can to ensure a safe and exciting experience for everyone. Please notify us before booking of any disabilities so that we can discuss options for participation.

Experience: No previous experience is necessary! Dirty Weekends are perfect if you’re looking for something new to do and we’ll teach you everything you need to know. But if you do have previous digging experiences, you can be sure that every Dirty Weekend will present you with a brand new archaeological challenge – every site is different after all!

Are Dirty Weekends flexible?

Your Dirty Weekend experience is intended to be used for the specific site you select, however we understand that sometimes, plans have to be changed! If you select a dig and then can’t make it, just let us know as soon as possible and we can transfer the booking for a Dirty Weekend experience on another DigVentures site within one year from the date of purchase.

What about Gift Certificates?

Yup, you can book a Dirty Weekend Gift Certificate through our Dig Experience Gift Certificates page and decide which Dirty Weekend to join later. Your Dirty Weekend Gift Certificate will be valid on any Dirty Weekend within one year from purchase.

When you buy a Gift Certificate, we’ll sign you up to DigMail (our newsletter) so that you get information about dig availability as soon as it is released. If you have purchased the dig as a gift, we’ll add you and the recipient after checking with you if that’s ok (we wouldn’t want to give away the surprise now would we!?).

About DigVentures

DigVentures are a team of professional field and public archaeologists, plus the world’s most amazing archaeological dog! They have excavated on sites around the world, and work with heritage attractions, museums and schools to make archaeology more accessible to the public. Read more about us

Additional Information

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Gift Certificate (valid on any DigVentures site)

Who is it for?

Just for one, Friends with Benefits (for two!)