Topic ID #40605 - posted 1/28/2019 8:58 AM

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


The Germanna Foundation is now accepting applications for Summer Excavation Interns (4 positions).  Interns will have 12 funded weeks of field work while aiding the project with hosting the 6-week Virginia Commonwealth University Field School and helping with several “Open House,” public events.

Successful candidates will participate in conducting a shovel test survey, excavations of test units, and interpretation of the grounds surrounding the historic brick structure known as “Salubria.” Completion of Field School or equivalent required. These positions are designed for recent college graduates who want to develop their excavation and recording skills through hands-on work at a complex, multi-component site. Excavators will use shovels and trowels to excavate natural layers; screen soils; recover and identify artifacts; measure, record and draw features/layers.

Located in Stevensburg, VA (just 7 miles west of the Ft. Germanna Visitor Center), Salubria is the oldest brick structure standing in Culpeper County. Listed on the National Register, the house was built as the home of Reverend John Thompson and his wife Butler Brayne (widow of Alexander Spotswood) in 1757. The house is a unique Georgian structure that was continuously occupied through the early 20th centuries (including the years of the Civil War). Today, the house stands on a 19 acre lot that has seen limited archaeological testing, but no systematic survey.

The project runs from May 20 to August 9, 2019 (start date can be moved to May 28). We excavate 40 hours a week, typically Monday - Friday. Fieldwork takes place outdoors, in the full sun, everyday. Candidates should be able to lift 40 lbs. The position will pay $14 an hour. Per Diem, housing and meals are NOT included.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled – typically by the beginning of March 2019. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and references to Dr. Eric Larsen, Director of Archaeology, at


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