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How to Join

We are happy to welcome volunteers with all levels of experience and ability, please do get involved! There is always plenty of work for volunteers, both in the field for those keen to dig and in finds processing. We sometimes have environmental processing work available for volunteers who want to try their hand at floatation or residue sorting. There are also limited places available on the field training school for those who wish to learn new skills providing the same training as is given to the Canterbury Christ Church students for their undergraduate degree course.

To join us for the next excavation season, complete the application form (blue button) and confirm that you have read the Health and Safety guidlines (red button). Email the form to


We do charge a modest fee for participation; this goes towards the running cost of the excavation and the specialist research essential to reach publication. Details of fees and payment are listed below and are on the application form.

Your volunteer place and permission to join will be confirmed on receipt of your dig fee.


Whilst we try to encourage younger volunteers, anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; 16 & 17-year-olds can volunteer to excavate providing a parent/guardian signs a consent form. We regret that it is not practical for under-10s to work on the site due to Health & Safety guidance.


              Click for Volunteer Application Form   


  Click for Health & Safety on Site



Current price lists can be found below, along with a description of the facilities available on-site and a list of what you will need to bring with you.

2024 Summer Excavation: Monday 27th May to Friday 5th July 

Monday to Friday 9.30-5.30

Four week Training Course: 27th May to 21st June 

If you have any other questions please contact -  

 participation costs
2019 Participation Costs

Volunteer (Excavating)

£50 for up to 5 days

£80 for up to 10 days

£150 for whole season

Finds only at 50% dig fee

Volunteer with Camping

£75 per week

includes dig fees

and 24 hour use of

showers, toilets, rest room,

well fitted kitchen & laundry

Undergrad level Field School Training with Camping

4 week training course

27th May-21st June

See programme details below

email  for UK fees & application form

or if coming from overseas

Volunteering and Training Course runs Monday to Friday:   9.30am to 5.30pm
Due to unprecedented rising costs we have reluctantly had to raise our fees for the 2024 season


Culver Project volunteers, students and campers have access to a purpose built facilities block a short walk of the campsite, the excavation site and the finds processing unit/lecture hall.


Facilities include:

Full working kitchen with;

  • Oven/hob/microwaves

  • Fridge/freezers

  • Toasters

  • Kettles

  • Dishwashers

Bathroom facilities with;

  • Hot water

  • Showers

  • Flushing toilets

  • Hand-washing facilities

Common area with;

  • Indoor seating

  • Tables

  • Electricity supply

  • Archaeological library

  • There is also the use of a washing machine and tumble dryer

  • Limited parking is available

  • Camping is in a designated field at Bridge Farm

  • There is NO WIFI at the site

What to Bring
What to Bring
  • 4" WHS trowel

  • Sturdy footwear

  • Water bottle

  • Hat

All volunteers and students must have a current tetanus vaccination (unless exempt) and should have read our Risk Assessment and Control Plan documents, see below: 

If you are planning to camp, you are required to bring your own equipment.  Meals are not provided, though there is full self-catering facilities and there are pubs within longer walking distance selling hot food.

Campers are advised to be prepared for all weather conditions- the nights can be fairly cold, even in June/July.  Sleeping mats are recommended and ear plugs can be beneficial for light sleepers.  Don't forget to bring a torch, you will be in the country!

It is recommended that all volunteers read our site manual, To CAP it all, (see below) and will be required to read Section 3 on Health and Safety on Site before being allowed on the excavation. 





Risk Assessment

Risk control plan

Safety on site


  • Waterproof clothing

  • Sunscreen

  • Lunch/snacks (self-catering)

  • Gardening/work gloves

Field school
Field School

The CAP field school is predominantly run for the first and second year undergraduate archaeology students of Canterbury Christchurch University.  However, there are a limited number of places available for volunteers and students from other institutions who wish to improve their excavation skills, learn about different fieldwork techniques, or be trained in how to use the range of different tools and equipment often used on archaeological sites.  

The fieldwork training is equivalent to that received by undergraduate students completing degree-level courses at university and is provided by a range of different specialists.  The aim is to give participants a good overview of different field methods used in archaeology, whilst also engaging them in current research.  During the first two weeks, participants spend most of their time learning new skills in both classroom-type sessions and during hands-on practical training exercises.  The two optional weeks are mainly spent in the field, putting these new skills into practice and working alongside volunteers, students and experienced excavators to contribute to the research project. Much of the course is based on directions given in our site manual, To CAP it all, which is available for free download from our publications page.

We cover the following techniques/skills (subject to weather conditions and availability):

  • Site health and safety

  • Excavation techniques

  • Magnetometry survey

  • Resistivity survey

  • Use of 'total station' and 'dumpy' level

  • Excavation recording

  • Plan drawing

  • Section drawing

  • Site formation

  • Environmental archaeology

  • Finds processing

  • Archaeological photography

  • Site grid set-up

  • Standing vernacular building recording

Follow this link to a video of CCCU students at Bridge Farm:

Press button for training course programme

email  for UK fees & application form

or if coming from overseas

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