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 recently, starting with European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects outside Germany.

In 2017 European Heritage Volunteers organises a first archaeological project in Germany, linked to technical heritage. For 2018 another archaeological project in Germany – a project linked to the Stone Age – is already planned.


The archaeological project in 2017 is a part of the project “Preservation and Maintenance of Mining Heritage” which will take place at the Historic Mining Region Erzgebirge, Saxony.
The project is detailed described under the category “Restoration of Technical Heritage”.

In the frame of the project the volunteers will uncover a water-column machine from the 18th century currently covered behind a dry stone wall which has to be taken away for safety reasons. Aim of the works is to document and preserve the water-column machine for educational purposes.

The participants will clean the area, excavate and document the water-column machine, transport the waste material to the surface and sort the excavated stones for later re-use.

The project will take place from August, 5th, to August, 18th, 2017.