Archaeology volunteers required to help excavate sites in Romania
An innovative archaeology programme run by Projects Abroad in Romania is proving a big success with volunteers. Based around the historic town of Brasov in Transylvania, considered to be an area of huge archaeological importance, volunteers are assisting local archaeologists in digging, cleaning and recording information. Artefacts dating to 4000 BC have been found as well as Greek, Roman and Dacian remains.
Thrace, Dacia and Goths
Dacia was a Roman province corresponding roughly to modern Romania. Inhabited before the Christian era by a people from Thrace who had an advanced material culture, the region was abandoned to the Goths after AD 270. It is a region steeped in history and volunteers will be able to join some of the many excavations taking place. Work varies, but between April and October, there are opportunities to help on an archaeological digs, and help take part in the restoration of a medieval church. Volunteers out of ‘digging’ season, can work in the local archaeology and history museum.
More Volunteers Needed
George Ciotlausi, graduate of Anthropology and Head of Archaeology for Projects Abroad in Romania says, “Romania is on the frontier of three cultures: Western, Oriental and Byzantine. All of them have left marks here; some are found in daily Romanian life today and others are hidden in the deep in the ground. Archaeology volunteers have the opportunity to discover parts of this, step by step. We need more volunteers, more people to dig, more people to catalogue, more people to uncover the past. We’ll use the skills you have to offer us. We need interested diggers through to trained archaeologists.”
For further details please look at our website http://www.volunteer-archaeology-romania.org. For more information on art, culture and social issues in Brasov please see Projects Abroad’s volunteer magazine: http://www.brasov-visitor.ro
Set up in 1992, Projects broad specialises in offering students and others a diverse range of projects and destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Projects Abroad offers 80 different placements to 3,500 volunteers in a year in areas such as sport, medicine, teaching, conservation, journalism, business and community development.
For further information about this and other Gap Year projects contact Scott at Projects Aboard on 021 671 7008, mobile on 07789990005 or visit www.projects-abroad.org.za.
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