The Kerala Council of Historical Research (KCHR) has come out with an offering for young aspirants looking for unique experience in archaeology. KCHR will provide volunteer and student internship programmes between February and May 2011 at Pattanam in Vadakkekara panchayat in Ernakulam district where its archaeological research is set to enter fifth consecutive season.

The field archaeology volunteer programme is open to postgraduates and researchers irrespective of age and academic disciplines. However, only those deeply committed to systematic work need to apply, a release issued by K. J. Cherian, Director, KCHR and Pattanam Excavation, said.

Based on their background, selected volunteers will be assigned field archaeological tasks like surveying, digging, sieving, sorting, washing, drying, documentation, data entry and so on. Preference would be given to computer-literate candidates with keen interest in field archaeology. The minimum duration of the programme would be three weeks. The volunteers will be provided accommodation, food, and honorarium, with an option to decline. Applications must include candidate's resume with complete details of experience, interest in archaeology, and proposed duration of participation with specific dates.

The field archaeology internship programme is open to students from Class X to postgraduates. Candidates will have to pay an internship fee of Rs. 500 a week. Applications along with a resume and proposed duration of participation with specific dates should be seconded by the head of the department or the institution. A one-page write-up on ‘Why is archaeology important?' should be attached to the application. The selected internees will be provided food and accommodation. All participants will receive attendance certificates, while the interns will be awarded academic credits after due evaluation.

Excavation and research at Pattanam, an ancient port on the southwest coast of India, has thrown up a plethora of archaeological evidence.

The KCHR project has attracted international academic support from prestigious institutions across the globe.

“Within India, the Thrissur circle of the Archaeological Survey of India is a collaborating partner and over a dozen premier institutions, laboratories, and universities are research associates,” the director said in the release.

Incidentally, the British Museum, London, and KCHR jointly won the British Academy Award 2010 for international academic partnership, the release added.

Applications may be sent to the address: The Coordinator, Field Archaeology School, KCHR, Post Box no: 839, Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan, Nalanda, Thiruvananthapuram - 695003.

Applications may also be mailed to kchrtvm@gmail.com on or before January 15. For more details, contact 0471-2310409, 6574977.