Dates for 2013 will be from May 18th until August 24th with a two week mid-season break between 29th June & 13th July.

Bookings are now open.

The excavation


Our current major project is the excavation of a Neolithic settlement site at Green, Isle of Eday, Orkney. We have completed 6 seasons of a planned 7 for the first phase of this project. 


Participation is normally on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday. It may be possible to accept bookings from experienced applicants for different dates or periods, but please enquire first.


Please note that this is not an accredited training excavation and we are unable to provide formal training. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request & if required we will complete a University assessment form. Some experience is preferred, however we do have some places available for beginners & basic instruction will be given. Volunteers will be offered work that falls within their capability. We encourage all volunteers to extend their skills & knowledge and where possible pursue areas of particular interest. The range of on-site activities includes excavation, recording, drawing, surveying, environmental & finds processing.


BEVARS fieldwork is largely self-funded and the weekly costs of participation in 2013 will be as follows:



Digging Fee


















If applying for more than 4 weeks add £140 for accommodation for each additional week.


The above prices will apply for the total number of weeks spent on site, regardless of whether or not they are consecutive.


Total price includes food, good quality accommodation on Eday & transport to & from site. If you wish to make your own off-site arrangements you may pay just the digging fee, but please note that this only includes lunch on site & transport to & from site if you are staying on the minibus route (details available on request). Camping is not recommended, but is available with food & transport included (prices available on request).

For insurance purposes participation in fieldwork is restricted to members, see Membership.


You will need to make your own travel arrangements to & from Eday, but advice is available on suggested routes and links to travel providers within the UK if required.