Topic ID #42045 - posted 1/27/2020 7:29 AM

Archaeology Field Internships (4 positions) – Locust Grove, VA_2020

Germanna Arch

The Germanna Foundation is now accepting applications for Excavation Interns (4 positions).  This is for the fourth 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 experience required.  These positions are designed for upper level students or recent college graduates who wish to develop their excavation and recording skills. They offer the opportunity to gain excavation and recording experience on a complex, multi-component site. Interns 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.  The 2020 season will be spent searching for new and additional evidence of the fort walls.  While the project goals focus on the 18th century, there are precolonial, Civil War, and late 19th-century farmstead components to the site as well.  Although access to the site is limited, this will be treated as a public archaeology site where field staff is expected to interact with visitors. Several “Open House” events are scheduled over the course of the season.

The project runs from May 26 to August 21, 2020.  We excavate 40 hours a week, typically Monday - Friday.  Fieldwork takes place in the full sun.  The position will pay $15 an hour.  Per Diem, housing and meals are NOT included.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, however, decisions will begin February 24, 2020. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Dr. Eric Larsen, Director of Archaeology, at 


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