Topic ID #39261 - posted 3/5/2018 11:31 AM

Assistant Site Director, Germanna Archaeology – Locust Grove, VA

Germanna Arch

The Germanna Foundation is now accepting applications for an Assistant Site Director. This is the third season of renewed excavations at the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle Site in Orange County, Virginia.

The successful candidate will participate in field excavations through assisting with administrative duties, supervision of interns, record checking, logistics, and educational activities associated with the project’s undergraduate field school.  A Master’s degree and experience with Historic Sites of the Middle Atlantic Region are preferred.

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 is expected to interact with visitors. Several “Open House” days are scheduled over the course of the season.

The position begins (at latest) May 21 with 15 weeks of work available. The formal field season runs from May 29 to August 24, 2018 and the Assistant is expected to be there for this period (additional time before and after the season can be more flexible).  We work 40 hours a week, typically Monday through Friday.  Fieldwork takes place in the full sun.  Per Diem, housing and meals are NOT included.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Dr. Eric Larsen, Director of Archaeology, at 


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