Archaeology Undergraduate Students get the opportunity to be involved on Archaeological excavations and msueum placements run by academic staff within the Division of Archaeology or on other approved Archaeological Projects at the end of their first- and second-years of study. The breadth research projects undertaken by the University of Cambridge has meant that student have received the change to work and learn on sites in Africa to South America and from Scandinavia to the Mediterannean.
This is what recent Part II students had to say about their experiences:
"I joined the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project which runs as a month-long field school every July. It was a fantastic experience – it’s not every day you get to excavate next to pyramids in the middle of the jungle!"
David Kay, Undergradute Student, Peterhouse College
"On my first dig abroad, a Bronze Age excavation site in Hungary, I learnt so much about the methods and practices of archaeology. I began to appreciate how detailed and scientific archaeological recording is. The director made me feel very welcome and was always willing to answer questions and talk about the site."
Elizabeth Perkins, Undergraduate Student, Fitzwilliam College
"I spent three weeks working in a Spanish medieval cemetery near Pamplona, excavating graves from the 10th-11th centuries. It was a brilliant opportunity to work with the types of burials I had studied in the medieval course last year, and I learnt an incredible amount about human osteology. I was fully involved in the excavation process, including mapping, recording, and post-excavation analysis, and also had a chance to visit other important archaeological sites in northern
Emma Brownlee, Undergraduate Student, Pembroke College
"I have been working in the British Museum Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, on a variety of curatorial tasks ranging from creating new artefact descriptions for the Museum's permanent Egyptian galleries to helping select papyri appropriate for public display. The chance to work with the very best specialists in the field on projects which will benefit the Museum in the long-term has been a truly inspiring. A particular highlight has been the chance to engage with the Egyptian texts, handwritten on papyrus rather than printed in a book, which is completely impossible in the university setting. The new skills I have learnt leaves me very well placed to hopefully continue studying Egyptology at graduate level."
Alex Loktionov, Undergraduate Student, Selwyn College
Current Division of Archaeology Students should consult the noticeboards in the Archaeology Building for details of this years excavation opportunities before contacting the Undergraduate Administrator.