Transylvania Bioarchaeology Field Schools

Two bioarchaeology field schools are being offered in Transylvania, Romania.

Migration, Health, and Lifestyle in the Kingdom of the Gepids (Transylvania)
For the 2014 field season, we will continue examining and analysing skeletal remains belonging to the Gepid culture, excavated from the Northeastern plains of Transylvania.  All analytical work will take place in the National History Museum of Transylvania (MNIT), located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. If available, students will also have the opportunity to experience bioarchaeological fieldwork.

Jucu de Sus Barbarian Necropolis Excavations
The Jucu de Sus necropolis project is beginning in 2014 as a collaborative project between Transylvania Bioarchaeology and the Institutul de Arheologie și Istoria Artei din Cluj-Napoca. The aim of the 2014 field season is to excavate the skeletal remains and the associated material culture from the necropolis in order to further define the relationship between the necropolis and the surrounding settlements, as well as to attempt to understand the social customs, palaeodemography, origins, and health status of the population.

More info about these projects are available at

Transylvania Bioarchaeology Projects Flyer

Field School / Delegation to Guatemala, May 12-25, 2014

The University Of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) & Rights Action invite you to join an
MAY 12-25, 2014

The Global Order, Injustice, and Resistance in Guatemala

The UNBC Geography Program and Rights Action are co-organizing a Geography field school to Guatemala for the Spring 2014 semester, Our tentative dates are late April/early May (on-campus) and May 2014 (Guatemala portion) – tentatively May 12-25, 2014.

We hope you will consider participating in this Field school and, perhaps, inform other students who may be interested as well.  This field school is for UNBC students as well as students at universities across Canada – both senior undergrads & graduate students.  We will facilitate non-UNBC student participation via Skype before our departure.

Please contact us for an application form – DUE: December 10, 2013.

The first week of the course takes place at the UNBC campus in Prince George. Students will prepare for this intense week of classes by reading material made available one month before the course commences — tentatively planned for the end of April into early days of May 2014. During the UNBC-based seminars we will discuss both theoretical issues of power and human rights as well as specific historical and contemporary aspects of Guatemala’s violent past and present. Pre-reading and course work will help to prepare you for an intense Field School experience in Guatemala.

Weeks two and three take place in Guatemala. Grahame Russell of Rights Action will facilitate all aspects of our time in Guatemala including set-up, guiding, translation, transportation, and so forth. All students will return to Antigua for a final day of reflection, discussion, and analysis of our various experiences. The final form and content of the Field school will be worked out in consultation with Rights Action, participating students, and Dr. Nolin.

Over the course of 14 full days in Guatemala, participants will meet with Guatemalans and some North Americans working for human rights and the environment. The group will travel (by rented van) to and spend nights in rural communities seeking justice for environmental and health harms caused by North American mining companies; to the coffee-growing regions of the country to meet with indigenous organizations working for Fair Trade and equitable trade arrangements; communities resisting forced eviction from their ancestral lands to make way for African palm ‘for export’; meet with people working for the rights of sweat-shop (maquiladora) workers; and human rights organizations & the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation who work to clarify past violence, historical memory and justice. (Closer to the actual dates, UNBC-Rights Action will set out a detailed 14-day itinerary.)

This field school / delegation is for undergraduates & graduate students who are concerned about: global exploitation and poverty; military interventions and repression; the global “development” model and environmental destruction; and, about courageous people and their courageous work and struggles for community-controlled development, protection of the environment, human rights and justice, and for democracy.

CATHERINE NOLIN:  Dr. Catherine Nolin is an Associate Professor of Geography and has long-standing interests in issues of Maya refugee movement, Guatemalan migration and refugee experiences in Canada, and critical development studies. Catherine has organized and facilitated six field schools to Guatemala in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 (plus a graduate student delegation in August 2010), and 2012 and one interdisciplinary field school to Peru.

GRAHAME RUSSELL:  Grahame Russell is a non-practising lawyer, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Colombia, author, and, since 1995, co-director of Rights Action. Rights Action funds community-controlled development, environmental defense and human rights projects in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as Chiapas, El Salvador and Oaxaca; and carries out education and activism work in the USA and Canada related to global human rights, environmental and development issues.

GEOGRAPHY 426/626 – GEOGRAPHIES of Culture, Rights & Power

INDEPENDENT Study (arranged with your home program taken concurrently or immediately after the field school)

COST = $1400 + airfare + tuition

Weeks One & Two: food, accommodation, translation, guiding, and honorariums for local community-based groups – based on approx. 14 days in-country
$1400 (approx.)
Total excluding:
·         Airfare
·         meals in Antigua
·         spending money
·         UNBC tuition fees & reading material
$150 (?)
 Rough Guide to Total Costs

This field school fee covers: 14 nights of hotel; 3 meals a day for 14 days; transportation in-country; trip organization, guiding, translation; honorariums for some people and communities we meet with, etc. (Participants pay for their own travel to and from Guatemala – though we will coordinate schedules to travel together)

Grahame & Catherine will have discussions with interested persons about the possible risks involved with this delegation, before people decide to join or not. Since 1995, with Rights Action, Grahame has planned and led over 50 such delegations to Honduras, Guatemala, Chiapas and Oaxaca, and never had any serious problems.

Grahame Russell,, 1-860-751-4285
Catherine Nolin,, 1-250-960-5875

Talk at ASBC Nanaimo by David Hopwood

David Hopwood Lecture Click for details

Date: Saturday November 16 3:30-5
Location: Nanaimo District Museum
Cost $2
ASBC Members Free!

David will be speaking on the work that has been conducted on the archaeological site Kenan Tepe in Souteastern Turkey. In particular the talk will focus on the multiple burials uncovered over three time periods represented at the site. Burial practice patterns provides insight into how individuals and communities negotiated their relationships between the living and the dead. Several infant and adult burials from the multi-period mound site of Kenan Tepe were analysed to examine the variety of burial practices carried out and to address questions regarding the nature of the relationship between the Kenan Tepe residents and their dead. During the time of occupation at Kenan Tepe at least three different methods of interment were practiced, progressively indicating a shift towards a less intimate relationship with the dead.

SSHRC student contest

Here’s your opportunity to gain more than 15-minutes worth of fame for a 3-minute pitch!

SSHRC launches student contest to promote liberal arts research

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a contest that challenges post-secondary students to show Canadians how liberal arts research is “affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.”

SSHRC is accepting submissions from November 1 to January 15 in the form of a 3-minute pitch via podcast, op-ed, video, or infographic.

The top 25 finalists will receive registration and accommodation at SSHRC’s Congress 2014 conference in May, at which they will promote their project and participate in a research communications workshop. Five jury-chosen presenters will then be covered by national media, promoted by SSHRC, and showcased as part of the 2014 SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony.

SSHRC Storytellers website

Drimolen, South Africa Archaeology Field School

Based in South Africa at the site of Drimolen. The site was discovered in 1992 near Swartkrans and Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind, 40 km outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is one of the richest fossil hominin sites in southern Africa, having produced over 100 hominin fossils representing Paranthropus robustus and early Homo. The Drimolen fossil site is unique in that has produced some of the youngest infant hominin fossils ever discovered in Africa. The site dates to approximately 1.5 million years ago and is incredibly rich in primate fossils. Fossil hominins have been recovered during most field seasons.

Students will receive credit for ANTH 343 A01: Archaeological Field Techniques, taught by Dr. Colin Mentor and ANTH 344 A01: Regional Topics in Archaeology: South Africa taught by Dr. Helen Kurki, for a total of 3.0 credits. This is the equivalent of 6 credit hours in the US system. Syllabi for these courses will be available for download from our website in January 2014.  Under the direction of Dr. Colin Menter, students registered for these courses will excavate at the site, receive training in excavation, surveying/mapping, recording and laboratory techniques.  They will also visit important human origins sites. More information here. 

Applications here: (download the pdf to fill in). Deadline is February 7, 2014

Notification will be on February 14, 2014

Non-refundable deposit $2775.00 CND is due by March 17rd, 2014

Balance of $925.00 is due by April 15, 2014

Cost is $3700.00 CND. This is in addition to your University of Victoria registration and tution fees and your return airfare.

Drimolen Info Poster 2014

Classical Archaeology in Transylvania, Romania

Sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Transylvania (Romania) plays a fundamental role in the development of the European world. By its geographic location, it is situated on the main communication and technological axes in and out of Europe and, as a result, became a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis. At the same time, not only it has the largest salt concentration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but it also provides easy access to massive deposits of copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. Since the earliest moments of tribal and then state formation, Transylvania has been at the core of most power struggles in Eastern-Southeastern Europe. Our programs invite students and volunteers to explore, excavate and experience the genesis of European culture from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. Our participants can register to more than one project to expand their horizons in field archaeology, funerary archaeology, bioarchaeology of children and osteology.

Excavation: Roman Provincial – Life by the Imperial Road
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Imperial Roman – Provincial
Excavation dates: June 1 – July 5, 2014

More information: http://archaeotek.orgroman_provincial_settlement_excavation

Contact e-mail:

Description: Our research area is situated between the richest gold deposits in Europe, the Dacian Kingdom’s political and religious capital and its fortified satellites in the Carpathian Mountains, and Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the Roman capital of the Dacian provinces and the first Roman city North of the Danube, southwestern Transylvania was a highly integrated military, political, and economic region. During the Roman colonial occupation, 102-271AD, our target area around Simeria and Rapolt shows a very dynamic and intensive synthesis of Roman provincial life, where a multitude of processes of colonization and creolization take place side by side. Our project seeks to explore and understand the integration of all these structural provincial elements along the main Roman axes of communication and transport. Our excavations will aim at evaluating the importance and impact of the proximity of the main axis of movement, communication and commerce on the Roman provincial rural life, and its evolution through time.

For more information on this program, see attached or visit

Off The Beaten Track Field School

Summer School for Anthropologists and Social Scientists

Hosted by: Expeditions vzw Beemdenstraat 9, 3010 Leuven, Belgium (, University of Leuven Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven, Belgium (, Ljubljana University Zoisova 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (

The school is located on the Islet of Gozo (Malta) in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. The program runs for 20 days, during three sessions in the summer of 2014. The five working days of the week will be reserved for fieldwork, fieldtrips and activities, as well as personalized discourse with academic experts. The staff – student ratio is one on two (max. 14 students per session).

Session 1: June 1st to June 20th
Session 2: July 6th to July 25th
Session 3: July 27th to August 15th

Request the application form through the project website. Or contact Sam Janssen.

Additional information: Description and Scholarship

Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School

Here’s another field school for those interested in working on a project in Greece.  Application for the 2014 Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School is now open.  The field school is from July 9 to August 11, 2014.  For further information, go to:

The Richard F. Salisbury Student Award – Doctoral level

Here’s something to consider for the future, or passing along to someone who is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme.
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Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically by 1 February 2014 to:

Susan Vincent – CASCA Secretary []
Department of Anthropology
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish NS B2G 2W5

Each application should include:
1. A Salisbury Award application form, signed, with items 2-4 attached
2. A curriculum vitae, including education history, Ph.D. courses, presentations, awards, honours, teaching, grants and publications (up to three pages).
3. A research proposal, including: theoretical framework, research problem/question, methodology, objectives, and social and scholarly significance (two pages).
4. A budget for research, including planned use of Award funds, requests to other sources and funds received to date (one half to one page).
5. Two letters of reference about the applicant’s qualifications and the research proposal, one of which must be from the applicant’s thesis supervisor (these are to be sent directly by the referees).


Phone: __________________________
Email address:____________________
University: _______________________
Year the degree is expected: _________
Member of CASCA: yes____ no____

Stage of PhD program (with respect to completion of comprehensive exams, approval of thesis proposal, date of beginning of fieldwork):_________________________________________

Signature: ______________________________________

1. Make sure your name appears at the top of each page you submit.
2. Field research must be under way during the year beginning 1 May 2014.
3. The Salisbury Award recipient will be announced at this year’s CASCA AGM .
4. Award recipients are expected to present their research at a subsequent CASCA annual conference within two years of receipt of the award. In order to enable this, Salisbury Award recipients may be given priority consideration for a CASCA student travel award to present at the conference.
5. Decisions of the Salisbury Award Committee are final.