Volunteering on the excavations Vindolanda
The Vindolanda Trust has been accepting volunteers on to its excavations since its foundation in 1970. From then to now, over 8000 people have benefitted from this challenging experience. There are two ways you can volunteer on the Vindolanda excavations: you can either join our excavation team, getting down and dirty in the trenches, or our post-excavation team, handling and sorting through the many materials recovered each day.
The Vindolanda Trust recognises the substantial contribution of its volunteers to our understanding of the site, and therefore Roman Britain as a whole. We are committed to the view that volunteers should continue to have the opportunity to share in the experience of working on one of the most exciting archaeologically sites in Western Europe, and part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.
Joining the excavations is both an immensely rewarding and physically demanding activity. It is essential to have a good level of personal fitness and this will be tested over a two week period.
More information about next years excavation, when you can book a place, how much it will cost and what the sessions are will appear on this page.
Each year the excavation are supported by a dedicated post-excavation volunteer team who process the material from the dig. There are up to four places available for each of the six two-week periods listed throughout the year.
If you are interested in excavating you need to know what is involved with the process so you can make the decision if excavating and archaeology at Vindolanda is the right thing for you.