Foreign archaeological expeditions in Egypt must meet strict,
professional standards set by the Egyptian Supreme Council of
Antiquities. Volunteer archaeological digs are not allowed. For this
reason I have not included any information about archaeological
activities in Egypt on the "VOLUNTEER-DIGS" page of this web site .
However, because of the high interest in the fascinating world of
ancient Egypt, due in large part to the excellent Discovery and
National Geographic Channels programs hosted by Dr. Zahi Hawass,
former Minister of State for Antiquities, I have included an "EGYPT-
ARCHAEOLOGY" section. On this page you will find some of the
latest news about current discoveries in Egypt, web sites where you
can "look in on" expeditions working in Egypt, web sites for reliable
information about ancient Egypt, and lists of magazines and other
publications specializing in Egyptian archaeology. I have also included
a list of organizations you can join that support the preservation of
Egyptian antiquities, and much, much more. You can learn how to
become a part of Egyptian archaeology by directly supporting these
organizations and expeditions as an associate member and/or making
donations, both of which may be tax deductible. This will give you
access to information not otherwise available and, if you go to Egypt,
may provide an opportunity to visit sites not generally open to
tourists. On my "EGYPT-TRAVEL" page you will find some valuable,
secret, tips for tourists in Egypt.
|VOLUNTEER ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG INFORMATION
|HI. I'M DICK COOK
THIS IS YOUR DOOR TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Have you ever dreamed of discovering and holding an artifact that was last touched by a
person 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 years ago? To me that's like reaching back through time to
clasp that person's hand, a touch that takes me back to another world. That experience
could take you to the world of Alexander, Caesar, Solomon, Jesus, Helen of Troy,
Jefferson, or the Vikings. By carefully recovering fascinating artifacts left behind
many years ago you could be a part of reconstructing a moment in history. "But don't
I have to be an archaeologist to do that?" Not so. Come with me through this door. Let
me show you how you can join others like yourself and experience the magic of bringing
history to life.
By volunteering to work with one of the many archaeological teams that will welcome your
help. These teams are digging all over the world. No prior archaeological experience or
training needed. All it takes is a burning desire to reach into the past and be willing to
learn, participate and get a little dusty.
Volunteer digs are managed by universities or other organizations. I do not manage or
organize any digs. All arrangements to join a dig are made directly by the volunteer
with the dig. I am not involved in this process. My website is designed to help
volunteers find a dig they want to join. That information is located on the
"VOLUNTEER-DIGS" page of this website. I also will give you information as to what
to expect as a volunteer and how to prepare so you will get the most satisfaction out of the
experience. That's on the "VOLUNTEER-INFO" page.
I have many happy memories of those digs. The places I was able to visit
and the trips through countryside were filled with memorable moments
of discovery. But it was the people I worked with that made each dig a
unique experience. Volunteers came from many different backgrounds
and chose to join an archaeological dig for a variety of reasons. That
made for interesting dinner conversations and many delightful after
dinner discussions and light hearted moments, under a full Cyprus moon
or in spite of Danube marsh mosquitoes. We also enjoyed the friendly,
cheerful atmosphere of a the local people and customs in a way a tourist
could never experience.
My experience and training from working on both volunteer digs and
professional archaeological expeditions has given me a background that can
make me a helpful mentor and guide to you. My professional experience, in
Egypt, is discussed below. As far as volunteer digs are concerned I have
worked on five digs; two in Israel, and one each in UK, Cyprus and Romania.
These digs not only included exciting opportunities to excavate ancient sites
but also provided excellent on-the-job training in the basics of field
archaeology and interesting lectures on the culture being studied. In
addition, most volunteer digs use week ends to visit neighboring
archaeological sites and other points of interest. Among the many places I
visited as a part of volunteer digs were:
- Masada, Jafa, The Wall, Temple Mount and the Dead Sea in Israel
- Hadrian's Wall in UK
- magnificent Roman ruins and a monastery with a world famous icon painter
in Cyprus and
- Bucharest and the beautiful Black Sea resort town of Constanta in
I used my volunteer experience and training, along with my expertise as a
computer literate draftsman, as a base from which to build my qualifications
to a professional level. This required intense training, study, and on-site
learning in Egypt, described on the "COOK- BIO" page of this site. My goal:
to work with an archaeological expedition in Egypt, a life-long fantasy. It all
began when I made a little pyramid in third grade and never got over it.
In 2000 I was accepted as a member of the Cairo University-Brown
University Expedition in Egypt as the expedition archaeological draftsman. I
worked with this expedition in a cemetery west of the Pyramids on the Giza
Plateau for six annual "seasons", each lasting 4-6 weeks, We completed our
field work in Egypt in 2009. We are now concentrating on compiling our
findings and conclusions in a book which will be published by Brown
University. This is expected to take about two more years.
|All of my information sections are constantly being up-dated. Visit often.
Share your experiences, ask questions, let me help you plan participation in an
archaeological adventure or just browse.
Your comments are most welcome.
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|A SMALL, FRIENDLY PROTEST BY LADY VOLUNTEERS
VISITING THE STAVROVOUNI MONASTERY IN CYPRUS
|EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT THE MONASTERY STUDIO
AND GIFT SHOP. PICTURED HERE IN 1995 IS THE FAMOUS
ICON PAINTER, FATHER KALLINIKOS. SADLY, FATHER
KALLINIKOS PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY 2011 AT THE
AGE OF 91.
|THE "VOLUNTEER EXPRESS" RUSHING US TO OUR DIG
SITE IN ROMANIA
|VOLUNTEERS WORKING ON A ROMAN FORT
ON THE EASTERN END OF HADRIAN'S WALL IN
UK. THE RESTORED ENTRANCE OF THE FORT,
NOW A MUSEUM, IS SHOWN UPPER LEFT.
|DICK COOK BEING LOWERED DOWN A 40 FOOT SHAFT
TO MEASURE AND STUDY A BURIAL CHAMBER CARVED
INTO BEDROCK UNDER A TOMB STRUCTURE ("MASTABA")
|THE SECOND LARGEST PYRAMID AT GIZA, THAT OF KHAFRA,
RISING OUT OF THE MORNING MIST
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|UPDATED April 8, 2014
ARE YOU PLANNING A TRIP TO EGYPT? CHECK MY "EGYPT-TRAVEL" PAGE FOR SECRET INSIDER TRAVEL TIPS!
As noted below, volunteers are not allowed to work on archaeological sites in Egypt, but, if you have any plans to visit Egypt I
highly recommend that you check out the "EGYPT-TRAVEL" page of my site. I have some valuable, secret insider tips there for
tourists going to Egypt. You will be glad you did.
|IF YOU ARE ALREADY HUNGRY TO FIND A DIG AND DON'T NEED ANY FURTHER ENCOURAGEMENT, GO IMMEDIATELY TO
THE "VOLUNTEER-DIGS" PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE.
THERE YOU WILL FIND LISTS OF HUNDREDS OF DIGS, ONE OF WHICH IS SURE TO BE THE DIG OF YOUR DREAMS.