About Robin Van Auken

Robin Van Auken is the founder of Hands on Heritage. She also is an author, teacher, and archaeologist.

Archaeology Volunteer Vacation: A Bucket List for an American Archaeologist

Someday, I would like to take a vacation and come home with memories other than a day tour to a landmark, or a visit to a museum. I would like to get my hands dirty. I would like to unearth those landmarks, excavate the treasures that end up in the museums. I would like to go on an archaeological vacation.

Roman Holiday: Why You Should Spend Christmas in Italy

Despite best intentions to relax and to slowly wander the city and ruins, a visit to Rome is guaranteed to cause anxiety—there's so much to see and so little time to see it all.One of the busiest and most vibrant cities in the world, Rome defined civilization 2,000 years ago. Today, it’s a breathtaking mixture of ancient and new, a city of ruins and graffiti. Rome’s narrow, cobblestone streets are filled with tourists hurrying from one attraction to another, and small, zippy automobiles that make crossing the street a challenge...