Excavation, Fieldwork and Volunteer Opportunities

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Each year, the Archeological Society of Virginia sponsors, participates in or has information about several field events, including excavations, site survey, site testing, certification programs and other means of hands-on archaeology.. These opportunities are usually conducted by another organization, such as the United States Forest Service or a College or University, such as Longwood College. They are a great opportunity to learn more about excavation, artifact identification and processing, as well as the historic or prehistoric time period during which the archeological site was occupied.

In addition, several chapters have on-going training digs, surveys, artifact processing and analytical projects that need participants. Contact the Chapters nearest your area for details.


Field School Opportunity

Mount Vernon seeks volunteers for Fridays and Saturdays from June to October. An opportunity to dig at George's house, how neat is that? Contacts are listed on the flyer.

Click here to get the Flyer with contact info .

Field School Opportunity

The Eastern Shore Field School (44NH431) will occur from May 9-20, 2015 at several sites severely threatened by erosion and in dire need of excavation. Click here for the flyer with a field school application.

Click here to get the Event Info and Application Form as a Word file.

Certification students and volunteers needed to work in the archaeology department cataloguing, rehousing, labeling and photographing artifact collections and working in the department library. Volunteers interested in zoo-archaeology can assist with ongoing research projects and learn the basics of faunal identification and analysis. Contact Elizabeth Moore at 276/666-8634 or the VMNH and follow links to the archaeology lab blog.

Lab "Field School" at DHR

The ASV/COVA/VDHR Certification Program is repeating the offered lab field schools at VDHR's archaeological collections room from August 4-8, 2014. For these five days, students will receive required core and area Certification lectures on a variety of topics and got hands-on experience with Native American prehistoric and historic artifacts, as well as and Euro-American historic artifacts. We will repeat the laboratory field school at VDHR, August 5-9 and have responses from 13 students who are planning to attend. We want to thank Dee DeRoche in advance for her willingness to sponsor this important activity, which will include several courses and many lab hours.

DHR Lab Field School Contacts

Dee Deroche(804 482-6441)
Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond 23221.

Certification Program:
Carole Nash (540 568-6805)
Geographic Science Program
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Bruce Baker (804-339-1864)
10290 Reed Rock Road
Amelia, VA 23002


Volunteers are accepted for a variety of projects. Will work with certification participants. Contact Tom Klatka at 540/857-6047

Survey Checklist
Individuals from ASV may elect to undertake surveys of parcels of land. In order to activate ASV insurance to cover non-ASV people we have instituted a policy that for each project there must be filled out a form/checklist of goals and methods that is the basis for a research design for the project. The completed form/checklist is then submitted to the ASV President who will in turn forward it for consideration to the relevant committees. Click here to obtain the checklist. Click here to obtain the checklist documentation.