Monday, 5 March 2012

Archaeology Digs - Summer 2012

We're looking for Archaeology digs that you can volunteer for this summer 2012. If anyone knows of any good projects going on, whether Uni-based, locally based or any other organisations - we want to hear! Please post info and links below.


  1. The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Blue Creek in northwestern Belize. In 2012 we again offer opportunities to participate in our field program and learn about the Maya of the past and today.

    The Blue Creek project is open to student and non-student participants, regardless of experience. Participants will receive training in both excavation and laboratory techniques and receive a “crash course” on the Maya and archaeological methodology. The Blue Creek field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

    Academic credit and scholarships are available. Please see for additional information. MRP’s Welker scholarship deadline is April 1st, 2012.

    We invite students and volunteers to participate in the Maya Research Program’s 21st year of our Blue Creek archaeological project in Belize.

    2012 Field Season Dates:
    Session 1: Monday May 28 - Sunday June 10;
    Session 2: Monday June 11 - Sunday June 24 ;
    Session 3: Monday July 2 - Sunday July 15;
    Session 4: Monday July 16 - Sunday July 29

    For additional information please contact the Maya Research Program:
    1910 East Southeast Loop 323 #296
    Tyler, Texas 75701

  2. Hello. Here is a webpage that can be helpful to you : "Chantiers de fouilles archéologiques pour bénévoles 2012" [France] available on

  3. SHARP, Sedgeford, Norfolk (UK)
    2012 Season: 7th July to 18th August

    Founded in 1996, the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project is a long-term, multi-period, multi-disciplinary research project set up to investigate the entire range of human settlement and land-use in a typical north-west Norfolk parish, from the earliest times to the present day.

    Currently one of the largest archaeological projects in Britain, our ongoing work encompasses multiple sites and a wide range of historical and archaeological techniques, from large-scale open area excavation and exploratory test pitting to map regression and standing building survey.

    The Project is an exercise in democratic archaeology, believing that all those who participate have an equal say how the project is run, and we are strongly rooted in the local community, whose heritage we are engaged in studying and whose participation we encourage.

    The Project is run by a team of directors, supervisors and committee members. Our archaeological fieldwork is concentrated in a six week summer season, when we can have up to seventy people on site, but additional activities such as field walking take place at other times of the year.

    We welcome all volunteers regardless of background and often no previous experience of archaeology is necessary as on-site training courses are run every week during the excavation as well as a wide array of other specialised training courses. The only charges we make are for the use of our campsite facilities, meals and taught courses, and as such our prices are kept to a minimum.

  4. There will be an archaeological dig at Cardigan Castle, West Wales this summer! Lord Rhys built the stone castle in 1171, and held the first Eisteddfod there in 1176. The castle has had a turbulent history ever since, and so this will be an exciting dig at a heritage site of extreme importance to Welsh history.
    We are looking for a variety of volunteers to help out with the digging, with cleaning artefacts and recording.
    For more information, please contact the office on 01239 615131.
    Visit the website