Unfortunately the 2013 excavation season is fully booked, but excavations will be continuing in 2014. For those who are interested in excavating here next year, applications open on the website on 1 November 2013, and it is advised that you apply quickly – all places were full within an hour for this year’s dig! Minimum age is 16 and under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience is necessary.
This year’s excavations at Vindolanda see the start of a new 5-year excavation programme. The ‘frontiers in transition’ archaeological research project covers three centuries of occupation at the site and examines how the earliest 1st-century ‘conquest’ period of Vindolanda changed into a series of successive new frontiers: the Stanegate road followed by Hadrian’s Wall. The project also considers the frontier in its most settled period of the 3rd century and examines in detail the wider societal conditions of a frontier community in this period. Visitors are welcome to observe excavations at any time.