Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland
Dates: 3rd – 15th September 2019
Cost: From £135
Age: Participants must be 12 years and up.
Training / Experience: No prior experience required – all levels of ability welcome
Accommodation: No
Organization: DigVentures
Name: Maggie/Johanna
Address: n/a
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 333 011 3990


Sitting on a small tidal island opposite the famous Bamburgh Castle, King Oswald chose Lindisfarne as the place to establish a monastery in AD 635. But it was no ordinary monastery: it quickly grew to become the golden heart of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria.

Unearthing a charnel pit on Lindisfarne. (Credit: DigVentures)

Made famous by chroniclers like Bede and Alcuin (and more recently by the popular TV show Vikings), it’s where the Lindisfarne Gospels were illustrated, where the treasures that adorned the altars of early Medieval Europe were forged, and where thousands of miracle-seeking pilgrims came to seek healing.

This will be the fourth season of excavation by DigVentures and Durham University, which has so far unearthed Anglo-Saxon sculptures, burials and buildings. This excavation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to investigate one of the most iconic sites in English history.