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: archaeology@archaeotek.org

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 www.archaeotek.org.

Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Poland, 2014

The 16th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2014.

The post-medieval, skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16-17 centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 150 burials have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified.

At the site students are allowed to excavate burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, University of Manitoba, Canada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

More info about this project can be obtained either at www.slavia.org or by contacting Dr. Marek Polcyn, Slavia Project Co-ordinator, directly.


Come meet Dave our new Bio Anth professor

Dave at Dmanisi

Come meet Dave, the newest addition to the Anthropology Department. Dave is a Biological Anthropologist and will be giving a talk on some of the work he has done and some of the new and exciting things happening in the world of Biological Anthropology.

Dave Excavating

  • Date:  Thu Sep 12, 2013
  • Time:  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Building or Location:  356
  • Room:  313
  • Email:  David.Hopwood@viu.ca