Archaeological Conservation Student Internships


The Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology expedition is seeking two conservation student interns for the summer of 2013. Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in a conservation program. Students must be fluent in the English language. The Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology has started excavating two new sites, located approximately 20 to 30 km from Kaman in Central Anatolia, in addition to Kalehöyük which has been ongoing since 1986. The primary cultural levels are Hittite, Phrygian, and Islamic. Interns have the opportunity to participate in an active conservation program that emphasizes fieldwork, preventive approaches to archaeological conservation, and research.

Each internship will last six weeks: the first will run from July 2 to August 13 and the second will run from August 14 to September 25, 2013. The excavation provides a stipend of $US 40 per day, based on a six day workweek. Students participate in the everyday conservation activities of the field lab. A well-equipped field lab and comfortable living facilities compensate the long workday (starting at 5:00 am). Students have the opportunity to collaborate with an international team of archaeologists, osteoarchaeologists, archaeobotanists, etc. English is the primary language at the site. Students are requested to cover the cost of their room and board (10$ per day, 7 days per week), all transportation costs, visa (varies with nationality), and residence fee (varies with nationality, between 150 and 200$).

Interns carry out a research project that begins prior to arriving at the site. Depending on the project developed between the intern and the excavation’s Conservation Director, this first phase may consist of a literature review. The research provides an opportunity to gain familiarity with the site prior to arrival, and contributes in a beneficial way to our conservation program. A field component of the research is designed into each project, to be implemented on site. The research results in a formal report submitted to the excavation’s journal, Anatolian Archaeological Studies, published by the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology, to be completed by October 30, 2013. XRF and FTIR is available at the site.

Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, a short letter of interest, and names and contact information for three professional references by November 15, 2012. Letters of recommendation are not required. Questions concerning the internship should be sent by email. Interns will be selected by December 1, 2012, since visa applications are submitted in December 2012.

Alice Boccia Paterakis Ph.D
Director of Conservation
Kaman-Kalehöyük Excavation
Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology