PEATS Germany – Commercial Unit, Magdeburg

Dates: August  TBC
Number of UK Participants: TBC
Duration: 32 days

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Accommodation: Room sharing in apartments in Magdeburg

Meals: self catering

Communication: wifi is available in accommodation in Magdeburg, mobile networks readily available (check with service provider)

Transport: Public transport, tram cards will be provided (take student cards), other public transport available

Weather: Warmer than the UK, can be between 25-35 degrees C but be prepared for rain.

This is an opportunity for UK students to work with a German commercial archaeology unit. The archaeology placement in Germany is organized by Hajo Krug of Bildunghaus Heideland and hosted by Landesamt für Denkmalspflege und Archäologie Sachsen Anhalt (The State of Conservation and Archaeology of Saxony Anhalt) based in Halle, Germany. Landesamt für Denkmalspflege und Archäologie is a public body that provides archaeological services including rescue projects, excavation/survey and building conservation within the German state of Saxony Anhalt. Dr Barbara Fritsch and her colleagues at Landesamt für Denkmalspflege und Archäologie Sachsen Anhalt will be responsible for the UK group.

The placement aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding and experience of working on a variety of rescue excavations within the vicinity of Magdeburg. Magdeburg is the regional capital city of Saxony-Anhalt and dates to 805AD. It has an incredible array of monuments that serve as reminders of its turbulent history. The townscape has been shaped by Magdeburg’s cultural heritage and features historical monuments, as well as the massive buildings dating from the period of communist town planning. This placement is for those who wish to gain experience working with a unit, seeing the type of work they get and how a unit works.

Working with a unit has allowed past participants to work on a variety of sites. This has included working on the Neolithic excavation (Megalithic tomb and fortified settlement) of Kiel University in Hundisburg, Haldensleben (Medieval settlement – going daily with the excavation leader from Magdeburg to Haldensleben), Magdeburg city centre which involved a research excavation in Magdeburg Cathedral, a rescue excavation of Medieval settlements in the town centre, a rescue excavation of a Medieval cemetery located in the village of Domersleben and a research led excavation by the University of Kiel, of a LBK site near Hundisburg. The majority of the sites excavated are Medieval, though they do excavate Bronze Age sites as well.

The sites that the group will be  working on will be confirmed closer to their arrival time, such is the nature of commercial archaeology. This is a placement for anyone wishing to gain more commercial based experience.

As with most archaeological sites, expect a degree of physical work. You will be working with a commercial unit, so also expect that the site will be run differently to those you may have worked on in the UK.

The group will work Monday-Friday under supervision on their allocated site with free time (unsupervised) in the evenings and weekends.

Accommodation to be confirmed, though the group must be prepared to possibly move accommodation depending on what is available and where site is.

As with most archaeological sites, expect a degree of physical work. As with all our placements, participants are joining partner excavations. These are not UK led excavations. The group will be learning different methods and techniques that are used for this particular site, so must expect differences in how the site is run.

A German-English dictionary is needed for this placement.


The group will get the opportunity to visit significant archaeological sites within the region of Saxony-Anhalt. Places of interest that the group may wish to visit independently by train on free weekends include Hannover, Dessau, Berlin and Leipzig.

For more information, please visit the Landesamt fur Archaeologie Sachsen Anhalt museum website.


The Erasmus + funding will cover return flights, insurance,  accommodation, supervision, an internal travel card to get around Magdeburg (Participants MUST take their student cards to make this valid) if available and food costs.  Participants will have to make sure they have an EHI card. Participants will need to budget for meals out, their excursions and any personal purchases.

If you are interested in this placement, then the application form is available to download on the PEATS main page

For past participants feedback, please refer to the Participants reports page.


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