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European Archaeology Skills Exchange – EASE 2008

February 4, 2008


Grampus began promoting the Leonardo da Vinci project ‘Excavation Centred Training in European Archaeology’ (ECTEA) in 2000. This very successful project, written and managed by Grampus and funded by the Leonardo programme, enabled us to fund over 80 archaeology students from the UK to join a range of excavations across Europe.

The EASE 2008 placements will again take place during the summer break to ensure that as many students as possible have the option of taking part.

Swedish ExcavtionArchaeology undergraduates from across the UK are welcome to apply by completing the application form and returning it by post to Grampus. Please read and complete the application carefully. There is no strict deadline for submitting applications for this project. We are receiving applications for these placements now and we review these and allocate places to successful applicants on a regular basis. The website will be updated as placements are filled.

The funding for this project will cover travel (return from a major UK airport designated by Grampus), insurance and accommodation (basic and arranged by host partners). Participants will usually be expected to but their own food on a self-catering basis, though some meals may be provided. The flights and insurance are booked by Grampus in the UK and tickets are then posted out to participants. Where participants are travelling from Northern Ireland, Grampus will endeavour to arrange the necessary connecting flights.Finland excavation

All applicants should be aware that they are joining excavations planned and managed by organisations in the host country. The EASE placements offer a ‘real-work environment’ experience, with the necessary guidance and supervision provided by the host partners. Applicants should be aware that approaches to archaeological research and excavation do vary across Europe and all participants should therefore expect to experience differences in methodology and techniques. Participants are expected to become part of a team and to ultimately make a meaningful contribution to the host project.

In addition to the archaeological work and experience, participants will have the opportunity to carry out cultural visits and will have free evenings and weekends to gain a broader experience of the host country and culture.

We welcome applications from students with little or no previous experience of archaeological excavation.

EASE Placements at a glance:

E.mail us or call 016973 21516 for current information.

Finland: 30th June to 10th August 2008: A new opportunity for undergraduates to join the Stone Age excavations at Kierikki!

Slovakia: 13th July to 24th August 2008: Medieval Monastery excavation in the Slovak / Hungarian border town of Sahy. 2006 will be our fourth year of sending UK students to this exciting excavation

Latvia: 6th July to 17th August 2008: Excavation of the medieval Cesis castle. Hosted by the Ezerpils museum apx 1 hour from Riga. This was a very successful excavation placement in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Germany: 6th July to 17th August 2008: Work experience with the Landesamt fur Archaeologie Sachsen Anhalt. Since 2002 our students have worked on the internationally important excavations in the centre of the historic city of Magdeburg. This placement will develop an understanding of state funded archaeology in Germany and of excavations in the urban environment.

Sweden: 7th June and 18th July 2008: 6 weeks of excavation on the island of Gotland hosted and arranged by Gotland University. The 6-week placement should provide participants with a good understanding of Nordic archaeology.

All placements involve a group of at least four students from the UK travelling together. All EASE placements are six weeks in duration and will be timed to coincide with the 2008 summer holidays.


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