In the field of archaeology the engagement of volunteers has a long tradition. Most of the bigger archaeological excavations would not be possible without the support of volunteers as well as without the systematic control of fields after ploughing by volunteers in order to detect findings some important archaeological sites would not have been discovered. In some European countries archaeology is even the sector with the biggest number of heritage linked volunteers at all.
Despite that importance of archaeology for heritage volunteering European Heritage Volunteers – originally coming from handicraft-based heritage restoration – has developed volunteering projects in archaeology only since several years, starting with European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects outside Germany. In 2017, European Heritage Volunteers organised a first archaeological project in Germany, linked to technical heritage.
In 2018 European Heritage Volunteers will organise one project in an archaeological open air museum that will combine archaeological works with mediation of archaeological heritage and other educational activities: