2022 Excavations


There are different ways to excavate with us: 

Joining the team with an Excavate Only Place will give you 2 weeks on the excavations and includes the current year's Excavation T-shirt. This would suit locals or those who wanted to find their own accommodation and can travel to site on a daily basis.

An Excavate & Stay Place includes 2 weeks on the excavations and the current year's Excavation T-shirt plus accommodation in our on-site facility the Hedley Centre. This includes bed and breakfast and a packed lunch. You will have access to the kitchen area for evening meals or you can visit a local eatery. This would suit overseas travellers or younger excavators who may not have access to a car.

Each year we have 3 Bursary Excavation Places for young people aged 16 - 25 who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Our bursary placements for 2022 have closed, if this is something that would interest you, sign up to our Newsletter at the bottom of the page to hear when they go live next year.

What is Involved in Excavating?

Find out more about what's involved in volunteering on our excavations. What to bring, how fit you need to be and what a typical week is like for an excavator at Vindolanda Roman Fort. Visit our What's Involved webpage.

Can I Excavate?

Cost of Excavation:

Excavate Only Place: £180

Excavate & Stay - Single Room: £1050

Excavate & Stay - Twin Room: £1700

(To book a Twin Room purchase a standard Excavate and Stay place with a deposit of £550 and email in to [email protected] to arrange the twin room. At the bottom of your confirmation email will be the link to final payments where you will able to make payments for twin room accommodation).

We ask that all our volunteer excavators become Friends of Vindolanda before they arrive to excavate. This means they will be able to visit our sites outside of the excavations and will be invited to our annual Friends Day which rounds up the year and the excavations.

2022 Dates:

Each period is two weeks long and you may book a maximum of two. 



Period 1

28th March - 8th April 2022

Period 2

11th April - 22nd April 2022

Period 3

25th April - 6th May 2022

Period 4

9th May - 20th May 2022

Period 5

23rd May - 3rd June 2022

Period 6

6th June - 17th June 2022

Period 7

20th June - 1st July 2022

Period 8

4th July - 15th July 2022

Period 9

18th July - 29th July 2022

Period 10

1st August - 12th August 2022

Period 11

15th August - 26th August 2022

Period 12

29th August - 9th September 2022

Period 13

12th September - 23rd September 2022

How to Book

2022 Vindolanda Excavation places will go live at 12noon on 2nd November 2021. You will be able to make your booking using the link below.

Please make sure to book for the correct date and the correct type of ticket - with or without accommodation as these tickets will be non-transferable. i.e. you will not be able to swap coming on one period to another or change from an accommodated place to an excavation only place. If you do need a refund a administration charge of £25 will be taken before your refund is given.

Once your tickets are in your basket, they are reserved for you for 10 minutes. Please make sure you take the time to add your details correctly as these will be how we contact you regarding your booking.