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Archaeology Volunteers in Romania

  • Placement location: Various locations, including Deva, Sarmizegetusa Cluj, and Alba Museums
  • Role: Site excavation, analysis of finds, and museum presentations
  • Requirements: None
  • Areas of Focus: Excavation and restoration of sites to get a better insight into Romania´s ancient civilizations
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, archaeology camp, hostel, or local host family - dependent on location
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteer glues together two related findings on the Archaeology project in Romania

As a volunteer on the Classical & Medieval Archaeology project in Romania with Projects Abroad, you will be based in various locations throughout the country. The main base will be Deva, a city with 80,000 inhabitants. In ancient times, Deva was a Dacian fortress called Decidava. Now, it is the capital city of the Hunedoara district, an area with an extensive and fascinating history.

You will 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.

Our Archaeology placements in Romania are a wonderful way to learn about civilizations that have long since disappeared. Through clues, investigations, and practical research, you can attempt to reconstruct many aspects of their way of life while collaborating with some of the best specialists in the periods from Neolithic to Medieval times.

By taking part in volunteer archaeological work in Romania, you will gain hands-on experience in the field and learn many relevant practical skills. The range of work is diverse and you will find yourself getting involved at 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 as well as recovering bones and other artifacts 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.

Archaeology Expeditions in Romania

At the Classical & Medieval Archaeology project, you will focus on carrying out fieldwork, either working on digs or helping with reconstruction or ceramic work.

Alongside the practical work, you will write up documents and reports concerning the work you are doing, and produce proposals for new sites in the area. These are then presented to potential national and international donors. You can also spend time in the History Museum in Cluj or Alba Iulia, helping with pottery reconstruction and research.

Your time is split between site excavation, analysis of finds, and museum presentations. You might also help in the museum itself, translating documents and designing tourist information.

Volunteers recovering pottery pieces on the Archaeology project in Romania

This project is available throughout the year. During the winter months (November to March), digs are not possible due to the frozen ground. However, there is still a great deal of specific archaeological research you can do indoors. You can get involved in:

  • Drawing
  • Cleaning
  • Measuring
  • Restoring
  • Inventorying
  • Charting artefacts

Depending on the location of the digs, you will be accommodated in a guesthouse in Deva. You might also camp, stay in hostels, or with local host families close to the site if the digs are not within commutable distance. Our local staff organize monthly social events with all volunteers in Romania where you will be able to meet the other volunteers and you can also travel to and explore Brasov at the weekends.

Archaeology in Romania with Projects Abroad

Gap Year volunteers dig on an archaeological site on the Archaeology project in Romania

Archaeology is a field-based science, which means that a vital part of the education process involves learning the skills and strategies of surveying and excavation. Any student who wishes to study archaeology to degree level must be prepared to spend a significant period of their time taking part in fieldwork. This includes working on digs, in laboratories, and in museums.

To help students and volunteers, a number of fieldwork award schemes are available through various universities and archaeological organizations.

The Classical and Medieval Archeology Project in Romania is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

Volunteer Profile Volunteer story from Hannah Clayton who took part in the Archaeology project in Romania
Hannah Clayton
Although I only worked on a single site, the work was varied and I learned a great deal in a short space of time. My time at work was spent digging, cleaning finds, measuring the depth at which discoveries had been found as well as photographing them in situ and bagging anything of interest. Read more...

We also have other Archaeology based work available on the Inca Project. Please contact us for further information.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Romania. If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Romania.

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