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 period throughout the year. Places are filled on a first come, first served basis and applications for the post-excavation team open after the main excavation volunteer applications at the start of November. Information about that application process will appear on this page nearer the time.


Places for post excavation work at Vindolanda run alongside the excavations every year.

Two places are available on the pottery team and two places are available on the animal bone team per period.

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 in November 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.

What you need for post excavation

Clothing

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

Equipment

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 accomodation in the local area. You can stay with us on site at our 5 star cottage or book in with a local provider.