KCHR to provide volunteer and student internship programmes in archaeology

The Kerala Council of Historical Research (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 the fifth consecutive season.

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

Based on their background, selected volunteers will be assigned tasks such as surveying, digging, sieving, sorting, washing, drying, documentation, and data entry. Preference will be given to computer literate candidates. The minimum duration of the programme will be three weeks. The volunteers will be provided accommodation, food, and honorarium, with an option to decline.

The internship programme is open to students from Class X to postgraduates. Candidates will have to pay an internship fee is 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 along with the application. The selected internees will be provided food and accommodation. All participants will receive attendance certificates, while the interns will get academic credits.

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

The KCHR project has attracted support from institutions across the globe, including Oxford University; British Museum, London; University of Rome; and University of Durham, U.K., Mr. Cherian said. “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.

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 Coordinator, Field Archaeology School, KCHR, Post Box No: 839, Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan, Nalanda, Thiruvananthapuram-695003 or mailed to kchrtvm@gmail.com before January 15.