The placements for an Archaeology on BridgEd is available in Romania and Peru.
In Romania, interns on the archaeology project are based in various locations, with Deva as the main base, a city with 80,000 inhabitants. In ancient times Deva was a Dacian fortress called Decidava. Nowadays, it is the capital city of the Hunedoara district, an area with an extensive and fascinating history.
Interns work with a number of archaeological groups, including Romania’s Museum of History where they investigate ancient Dacia and the medieval environs of Transylvania. Archaeological sites found in the Carpathian Mountains and plains below have already yielded some remarkable information about the time of the infamous Vlad-the-Impaler, the supposed inspiration for the Dracula legend.
By taking part in archaeological work in Romania, you will gain hands-on experience of archaeology and learn many practical skills relevant within this field. The range of work is diverse. Volunteers and interns work on excavation and restoration sites all over Romania. At the beautiful sites of Deva, Alba-Iulia, Bordusani-Popina, and Harsova, volunteers excavate, clean and reconstruct pottery-pieces, tools or other items that have been found there.
Other work includes identifying and uncovering ancient graves, recovering bones and other artefacts in Sibiu, compiling reports on the several fortified Saxon churches in the region of Transylvania and studying the gardens and dig-site of the Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig.Con
Interning on our Incan & Wari Archaeology Project in Peru is an exciting option for those who are interested in history and ancient civilisations. On this placement, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a number of different archaeological activities.
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Peru in the 16th Century, the land had been ruled for roughly two centuries by the Inca people. During their rule, the Incas gained control of an area about one million square kilometres in size, ranging from Colombia to central Chile. The vast Inca Empire had its administrative, political, and military centre in the city of Cusco.
The year 1533 saw an end to the Inca Empire when the Spanish captured Cusco. Despite years of Spanish rule, Peru has managed to retain a rich Incan legacy which can be seen throughout the country. The majestic ruins of Machu Picchu and the Inca capital city of Cusco are among the most fascinating Inca sites.
Our Incan & Wari Archaeology Project is based near the town of Lucre, which is a 40-minute journey from Cusco’s city centre. Volunteers will live with host families in Cusco. You do not need previous experience to participate and this project is suitable for students on a gap year or school break, careers breakers, or anyone looking for a worthwhile and adventurous way to spend a vacation.
Volunteers have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork, either working on digs or helping with reconstruction or ceramic work. The interns’ time is split between site excavation, analysis of finds and museum presentations. Volunteers might also help in the museum itself, translating documents and designing tourist information.
Dependant on the location of the digs, interns will be accommodated in a guesthouse in Deva, or may camp, stay in hostels or with local families close to the site if the digs are not within commutable distance. Interns will be able to attend monthly social events with the other volunteers in Romania and will be able to travel to Brasov at the weekends.
In order to maintain the focus on practical aspects of archaeology and to ensure a high level of variety for our volunteers and interns, it is not possible to participate on an archaeology project in Romania during the winter months from October to March. During these months, digs are not possible due to the frozen ground. Interns with specific skills or those wishing to focus on a specific research or reconstruction project can still be accommodated during the winter months.
Interns will be working alongside Peruvian experts – Jhon Valencia Cordova is the Director of Archaeology, Delsi Espinoza Masias is the archaeologist assisting on the current archaeological programmes, and Daniel O’Shea is the Project Supervisor.
Mondays to Wednesdays will be spent on-site at Pikillaqta National Park, and Thursdays at Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Volunteers and staff will depart to the work sites and return to Cusco together at the end of the working day. You will be involved in preparation work for excavation sites, as well as site maintenance.
- Registration of archaeological structures through photographs and GPS coordinates
- Clearing the site of weeds and overgrowth
- Drawing maps of the excavation sites
- Establishing walkways and paths at the excavation site
- Exploratory hikes in the region
- Maintaining walkways and routes within the complex
- Assisting with signalisation and information boards at the site
- Recording finds and placing them in context
- Keep site walkways clear and carrying out preventative measures such as capping walls with clay and gravel
- Mapping exercises and field diaries
Please note that if you are volunteering during Peru’s wet season, you may end up doing indoor archaeological activities such as registry works with Inca and pre-Inca ceramic and bone artefacts.
There are also plenty of offsite activities for volunteers to get involved in. These include:
- Archaeology workshops on Wednesday mornings
- Presentations about Incan & Wari archaeology on Wednesday afternoons
- Visits to local museums or archaeological sites on Fridays, which are half-days
- Weekly social events for all Projects Abroad volunteers in Cusco on Wednesday afternoons, such as salsa dancing, an open top bus tour of Cusco, cookery classes, and city walks.
- A monthly archaeology social event hosted on the last Thursday of every month. Volunteers may go hiking, enjoy a pottery lesson, visit archaeological centres, or view cave paintings, carved boulders, and tombs.
- Community work, which takes place once a month in the Huacarpay and Lucre regions between March – June and September – December.
Additional Program Info
The Archaeology internship powered by Projects Abroad on BridgEd can be done for a duration of 4 weeks or 8 weeks with the choice to extend on a per-week basis.
Romania (Various locations, including Deva, Sarmizegetusa Cluj and Alba Museums)
4 weeks – INR 218,000
8 weeks – INR 306,000
Extra week – INR 22,000
Peru (Lucre Valley, Cusco)
4 weeks – 188,000
8 weeks – INR 266,000
Extra week – INR 19,500
The fees charged are used to cover the cost of your experience on our programs abroad. This fee covers:
- Travel to and from the airport
- Travel and health insurance
- Food and accommodation
- support and guidance as well as 24-hour emergency back-up from our local office in your destination
- all information before and during your time with us overseas
These fees do not include flights and visas where applicable.
- Prep Work 0
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes