Summer Archaeology Internships

Pottery Site Excavation

Help excavate a truly unique pottery site
in North Carolina!

Lot 38 in Old Salem ~ the experimental kiln

Summer Internships
June 1- July 1, 2016

re-location of kiln opening

re-location of kiln opening


Old Salem Museums & Gardens, in Winston-Salem, NC, is now accepting applications for internships in historical and public archaeology. The summer internship program focuses on the excavation of a pottery-production site located on Lot 38 within the Old Salem National Historic Landmark District.

This summer internship will provide experience in historical archaeology field and laboratory methods, including hands-on experience with historic ceramic and artifact identification, as well as the creation of 3D photographic site and artifact models. Additionally, interns will interact with the public, answering questions and explaining the archaeological process to a variety of visitors on a daily basis.

Internships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Advanced undergraduate and early-stage graduate students with field school experience are preferred.

Accepted interns will also enjoy these opportunities: $1,000 stipend, housing, and access to Old Salem Museums & Gardens (including interpretive buildings, heirloom gardens, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts).

Send resume/CV, a statement of interest, and a letter of recommendation to

Download Archaeology Internship Flyer here.

All parts of the application must be
submitted by April 30, 2016

For more information about Archaeology at Old Salem,
please visit here.

The Moravian Pottery tradition is highly significant in American ceramics, and in Salem, experimental kilns produced some of the most innovative work. Though Salem’s main pottery shop and kiln were located across the street, Rudolph Christ (pronounced “krist”) built the first kiln on Lot 38 to experiment with new techniques. Christ was Salem’s master potter from 1789 to 1821 and became well known for his fine earthenware products, including his popular zoomorphic bottle forms.


To better understand the range of technical choices available to potters working on Lot 38, this summer’s work focuses on investigating a pottery kiln, the mouth of which has been revealed.  It was likely built in 1811 under Christ’s supervision. Excavation of the kiln is expected to reveal the following:

  • its design, construction, usage, and modification over time
  • the range of wares fired
  • its relationship to other pottery-related activity areas and features on Lot 38.

Ultimately, this project examines how the introduction of new and innovative wares affected the production of Moravian pottery, the social relations of the workmen, apprentices, journeymen, and master potters who made it, and the people who used it.


blue_green bottle_f2
faience ring bottle recovered archaeologically,
attributed to Rudolph Christ