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Volunteer at NZ Archaeological Digs

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This is a listing of opportunities for students and members of the public to volunteer on archaeological sites in New Zealand. If you wish to advertise a volunteer opportunity here, please contact us.

Heritage New Zealand welcomes enquiries from both members and non-members who are interested in offering their services on a voluntary basis. For further information, contact your nearest Heritage New Zealand office.

Founded in 1955 and one of the oldest clubs on campus, the Auckland Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) is a student run organisation at the University of Auckland. The Society is open to students, professional archaeologists and the general public.

Today, we continue to work tirelessly to create new resources and share international travel opportunities, because we believe anyone can find their own way to see the world.

Volunteer at World Archaeological Digs

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This project focuses on examining how the Casma in the Nepeña valley responded during and after Chimú conquest and how these responses allowed them to persist. Participants will gain excavation skills by uncovering elite Casma and Chimú material culture and intact buried buildings in the mounds. 

The Maya Research Program (MRP) is a non-profit organization (501 C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. MRP has supported archaeological research in northwestern Belize and ethnographic research in Yaxunah, Mexico, and the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. 

Students on this project will explore the Gallina culture, a group of Ancestral Pueblo rebels in the region who resisted elites and inequality from A.D. 1100-1300. During this public archaeology field school, students will learn excavation, survey and site assessment, artifact analysis and processing, and public outreach. 

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