Topic ID #38125 - posted 3/7/2017 6:20 AM

Archaeology Field Internships (4 positions) – Locust Grove, VA


The Germanna Foundation is now accepting applications for paid Excavation Interns (4 positions).  This is the second season of renewed excavations at the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle site in Orange County, Virginia. 


Successful candidates will help excavate and interpret the site of Fort Germanna and Lt. Governor, Alexander Spotswood’s Germanna Home.  Completion of Field School or equivalent required.  These positions are designed for recent college graduates who want develop their excavation and recording skills. They offer the opportunity to gain excavation and recording experience on a complex, multi-component site. Excavators will use shovels and trowels to excavate natural layers, hand excavate features, screen soils, and record and draw features/layers.


Listed on the National Register, the Enchanted Castle is the early 18th century home for Alexander Spotswood in the years after he served as Lt. Governor for the Colony of Virginia.  The mansion was built on a portion of the earlier 5-sided fort that served as home for a group of German settlers who came to Virginia in 1714.  This summer’s excavations hope to find new and additional evidence of the fort walls.  While the project goals focus on the 18th century, there are prehistoric, Civil War, and late 19th-century farmstead components to the site as well.  Access to the site is limited; however, this will be treated as a public archaeology site where field staff are expected to interact with visitors.


The project runs from June 5 to August 4, 2017.  We excavate 40 hours a week, typically Monday - Friday.  Fieldwork takes place in the full sun.  The position will pay $14 an hour.  Per Diem, housing and meals are NOT included.


Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Dr. Eric Larsen, Director of Archaeology, at 


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