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Voluntourism Spotlight: Excavate Devon

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The EarthWatch Institute is offering two 14-day volunteer program to Devon to help excavate ancient artifacts for Exeter University. Artifacts of the Roman and British Empires have been found in the Romano-British settlement. During the day, the data you collect during the excavation will be analyzed by Exeter University. You can have a chance to have your results published in peer-reviewed journals, shared with local communities.

From July 29, 2012 through August 11 and on August 12 through August 25, you can discover a historic site full of ancient artifacts and traces of Devon’s Roman ruins, while being mentored by professional scientists, who want volunteers to help and understand the human relationships to this environment two thousand years ago.

Volunteers will stay at Exeter University’s Streatham Campus and will eat their meals at the University Halls of Residence. In addition to working with the team, participants will have time to explore Exeter, the Roman and cathedral capital of Devon. See the medieval cathedral and underground passages as well as the city’s restaurants, cafes, theaters and shops.

By Tara Ekmekci for Peter