EASE – European Archaeology Skills Exchange Funded Placements

Grants available for students and staff (trainers and tutors), please contact us to discuss any placements.

We are excited to be able to offer participants the chance to go and do some post excavation work on human remains in Romania, which have been recovered from a Neolithic settlement site in Alba Iulia. Please look at the opportunities page for more information.

If you have any partner organisations you would like to go and work with, and would like the opportunity to apply for a grant which will contribute towards the costs, then do not hesitate to contact us and discuss them with us.

Background Information

Grampus Heritage began promoting the Leonardo da Vinci project ‘Excavation Centred Training in European Archaeology’ (ECTEA) in 2000. This very successful project, written and managed by Grampus Heritage and funded by the Leonardo programme, enabled us to fund over 80 archaeology students from the UK to join a range of excavations across Europe. In 2003, encouraged by the success of the ECTEA project, Grampus and our European archaeology partners designed and submitted the Ease project. Thanks to funding from the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme, we have been able to offer practical placements for UK archaeology undergraduate students and graduates to join archaeological projects across Europe. Since the beginning of the programme, Grampus Heritage has sent over 300 students from the UK to work in Iceland, Finland, Slovakia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany and Finland.

For 2015-2020, Erasmus + is replacing the Leonardo da Vinci scheme, which has been funding the placements in recent years. This now means that there are a few changes to the way we will be running our archaeology placements, as outlined below.


We have merged the undergraduate EASE project with the graduate GrEASE project. They are now both under the “European Archaeology Skills Exchange” (EASE) title, but still includes some of our previous EASE and GrEASE partners, so despite the name change, some of the same placements are on offer as in previous years.


Erasmus + rewards grants which are to contribute to the placement. Successful applicants will have their placement part funded by the grant. Each placement page will show what is covered by the funding. All participants will have to get themselves to the meeting point/airport (flights, any additional train connections etc) and will have to make sure they have travel insurance and an EHI card to go with it. The airport the participants will need to get to will be indicated on the placement web page.


The duration of the placements has now changed under Erasmus +. They will all be 8 weeks (2 months).  As with previous eligibility rules, all applicants must be committed to the placement duration.

Language Preparation

Erasmus + has introduced language preparation which is now available through Online Linguistic Support (OLS). This will give participants a chance to do some language preparation before going on placement. So far, there are only 6 languages available on the OLS site, so participants on certain placements will get an email inviting them to take their Erasmus + OLS course. After the tests, the participants will be given a link so they have the option of creating a CV or obtaining an Language Passport, which will display their language test results.

Eligibility and How to Apply

The European Archaeology Skills Exchange placement is open to archaeology (or related subject) undergraduates and graduates (within 1 year) enrolled at a UK university (which is one of our Consortium Partners, please find list below), who wish to gain basic archaeological excavation or post-excavation fieldwork across Europe. Participants must have a UK address and are required to attend the full placement duration (of 8 weeks). To apply participants are required to complete the application form and return it by post or email to Grampus Heritage along with a written reference (preferably by a lecturer or employer). Please read and complete the application carefully. There is no strict submission deadline for this programme as we receive, review and allocate places to successful applicants until placements are filled. Places tend to fill quickly, so send in your application form complete with the relevent documents as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Incomplete application forms will not be considered. The website is regularly updated so placements will be specified as full as and when this happens.Why not contact us to express your interest or to discuss placement availability either via email at enquiries@grampusheritage.co.uk or telephone on 016973 21516.

All applicants should be aware that they are joining excavations planned and managed by organisations in the host country. The EASE placements offer a ‘real-work environment’ experience, with the necessary guidance and supervision provided by the host partners. Applicants should be aware that approaches to archaeological research and excavation do vary across Europe and all participants should therefore expect to experience differences in methodology and techniques. Participants are expected to become part of a team and to ultimately make a meaningful contribution to the host project.

In addition to the archaeological work and experience, participants will have the opportunity to carry out cultural visits and during free evenings and weekends to gain a broader experience of the host country and culture. All applicants should be aware that EASE placements involve a degree of physical work! Participants will be required to complete an online questionnaire based on their experience, issued via email by our funders from the EU Leonardo da Vinci scheme. All participants will also be accredited with a certificate by the European host partner demonstrating the archaeological experience they have gained throughout the course of the programme.

If you have any queries, or want to discuss the placements, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

List of Consortium Partners: University of Bristol, Kent, Chester, Warwick, Exeter, Bournemouth, Glasgow and University of Wales (Trinity St David Royal Carter).

Outcomes. We just received a newspaper article of “Cyprus Mail” about the restoration of a ancient local kiln thanks to  the help of one of our EASE groups.

Got a site you want to work on that isn’t on our list? Contact us to discuss this possibility.


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