What is involved in post excavation?

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 two week session (see the dates below) throughout the year. Places are filled on a first come, first served basis and applications for the post-excavation team opened on the 18th November 2019 at 12noon GMT

  • The cost is £50 to join the post-excavation team for a two week period. This fee helps to pay for the use of the facilities and the support staff. 
  • The post-excavators get an excavation team t-shirt.
  • Places will be released through the website on the 18th of November at 12noon. A 'book now' link will appear on this page.
  • Places are limited to one per person. If you accidentally over book you have 48 hrs to cancel and receive a refund.
  • 4 places are available per session – divided into 2 places on the pottery team and 2 places on the animal bone team.

Post-excavation places at Vindolanda will be available for the following periods:

Period 3. 4th -15th of May

Period 5. 1st - 12th of June

Period 7. 29th of June to the 10th of July

Period 9. 27th of July to the 7th of August

Period 11. 7th - 18th of September

End of excavations. 21stSeptember to the 2nd of October

Booking your place


Pottery team

Work will include washing, sorting, and categorising pottery, iron, bone, glass and building materials. The pottery you will be working with will include Samian, Amphora, Mortaria, Black Burnished and other course and fine wares.

Mortaria pottery from the post-excavation 

Animal bone team

Work will include washing, sorting, and categorising animal bone. The animal bone you will mainly be working with will include horse, cow, sheep/goat, deer, pig, cat and dog.

A cow mandible from the site after processing.

2020 Post-Excavation

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and will open on November 18th in 2019 for the 2020 places. No experience or knowledge is necessary as training will be provided.

We ask all volunteers to become Friends of Vindolanda when they volunteer with us. This is the best way to keep informed about what the Vindolanda Trust is up to and exciting future possibilities to get involved in the work. 

What you need for post excavation


Layers of clothing (t-shirt, jumper/fleece, comfortable trousers, hat (wooly hat and sun hat)/ Sturdy footwear for walking around site/ Waterproof jacket


Sun cream/ Insect repellant

Food and drink

Water bottle/ Packed lunch or money to buy your lunch at the cafe

Accommodation options

There is a large amount of accommodation in the local area. You can stay with us on site at our 5 star cottage or book in with a local provider.

And finally...

If you missed out on a place on the Post Excavation team this year. Any vacancies that arise will appear on our website in the shop and will be advertised via our social media.