COVID-19 Update for 2021 Excavation Volunteers (4th March 2021)
We are looking forward to starting the 2021 excavations on the 29th of March this year.
The excavation will take place with volunteers who have chosen to defer their places from 2020. Due to the continuing uncertainty around the global pandemic the Trust will not be opening new excavation only applications for the 2021 excavations as they are fully booked by those deferring from 2020.
Below is a list of excavation and post-excavation protocols which the Vindolanda Trust has put into place to help make the experience of volunteering at the site as safe and secure as possible. The protocols will be updated if and when rules change surrounding covid19 secure volunteering environments in 2021.
If you have booked in for periods 1-4, before the current set of covid19 rules are due to be relaxed for certain types of accommodation we will have already reached out to you directly to arrange a meeting with the team. If you are due to join us from period 5 onwards we do not anticipate any barriers for your participation if you are based in the UK.
International volunteers have been contacted about travelling challenges for 2021.
It is important to check the following information before you make your journey to the site and should you need to please also contact our team directly if you have specific concerns or challenges with fulfilling your placement.
The Vindolanda Trust
Excavation covid19-secure protocols
Robin Birley Archaeological Centre protocols:
The measures are in place to protect you. We will remind you of them when you join us, and keep them up to date on the website.
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.
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.
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.