Postcard from Peru
Abbie Caldwell, BA Archaeology completed a placement in Peru. Here's what she said:
Having a fantastic time here in Peru as part of my Archaeology degree placement year. I've been working with Projects Abroad, a volunteer organisation just a few hours from the Sacred Valley, focusing on the Inca culture and history that is abundant in the Andes. We work with the local community, educating the children about their incredible history and hopefully inspiring them on an archaeological path.
Excavating in new terrain was very interesting as we used different exploration methods in the jungle where aerial photography is not possible. One of the highlights is visiting all the archaeological sites including the famous Machu Picchu. Seeing the restored and conserved sites compared with the Pre-Inca ruins we are working on up the mountain makes it easier to make the climb every day.
Before this I was on placement at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex. A bit of a contrast but great experience too. Shadowing the curator gave me great insight into the behind the scenes aspect of the museum and I worked in different departments to get experience of all the jobs needed to keep the museum running such as archiving, conservation and dealing with the public.
I loved my placement and would definitely recommend it to people!