2014 Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Field School

The Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Department is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Archaeological Field School!

June 23 – July 25, 2014, Monday – Friday 8:30-4

Course Description: This five-week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, on the museum grounds. Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips in the area, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology and the Jewish diaspora will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in our laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity.

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology in northern New England.

Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological field experience, though an introductory course in archaeology may be helpful. Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding, and students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity and summer weather. If you are concerned about the requirements, please contact the instructor.

Enrollment Information: To apply, send a one-page letter detailing your interest in the field school, along with a resume or CV that includes names and contact information for two references to Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at amartin@strawberybanke.org by May 1, 2014.
Enrollment is limited to 12
students.

Cost: $850
Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university.
Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.
Related Fields of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Religion,
Jewish Studies

Public Archaeology Field School, Fort Vancouver

WHEN: June 17 – August 2, 2014
WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program will introduce the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology.
Students will participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. This year’s project will continue the use of digital recording using tablet computers to assist in recording of the dig site and grave monuments at the nearby Old City Cemetery. The season includes lectures by guest speakers and staff. The National Park Service and its partners are committed to sharing cultural resources and preservation values with the public. On a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with visitors, including interpreting the significance of the site and the educational purposes of the project.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca.1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2014 Public Archaeology Field School will continue a multi-year exploration of the multicultural Village (“Kanaka Village”), the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest ca. 1829-1845. Residents included Native Hawaiians, the Métis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. Later, the village was the site of the Quartermaster’s Depot, part of the World War I Spruce Mill, which cut aviation-grade spruce for America’s war effort, and a barracks and training compound for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The field school will explore these sites and continue to collect data on the Old City Cemetery (45CL887), one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Vancouver, Washington. The cemetery has suffered from repeated vandalism and this project is collecting baseline information on headstone condition, and their styles, decorations, and inscriptions to help in its future preservation.The field school will provide a unique research context to deploy mobile information technology in a variety of field situations while providing a means to expand use of mobile devices in heritage preservation.

For more information and an application: http://go.usa.gov/Bdmz

For early notification, please submit application by April 4, 2014.
Applications are due no later than May 2, 2014.

Balkan Heritage Field School Projects 2014

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) has just opened the application session for the next field school season in 2014!

Every year the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) offers up to 15 projects/courses in the field of Archeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments – all of them are affiliated with ongoing excavation, heritage conservation and documentation projects and listed among the academic courses of New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria (so all participants can obtain academic credits upon request). Since 2003 the BHFS has implemented 52 field school projects attended by more than 900 students from 48 countries.

Project countries: Bulgaria, Macedonia.
Projects’ language: English.

Historical periods in focus of the BHFS projects: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000-5400 BC); Balkan Chalcolithic (5000 – 4000 BC), Archaic Greek (seventh-sixth century BC), Classical Greek (fifth to fourth century BC), Classical Thracian (fifth to fourth century BC), Hellenistic (fourth to first century BC), Roman (first to fourth century AD), Early Byzantine (fourth to sixth century AD), Early Medieval and Late Migration Period (seventh to ninth century AD) and Late Medieval (fourteenth to seventeenth century AD).

The BHFS projects in 2014:

“FRESCO-HUNTING” PHOTO RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES (Bulgaria/ Serbia)
The project provides a unique opportunity to students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia.

Standard Field School Project: 17 – 31 May, 2014
Extended Field School Project: (Standard project + Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation): 17 May – 7 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

NEW PROJECT! WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE (RTI AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY)
This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document a Medieval church in Western Bulgaria. It is undertaken to support and compliment the efforts of the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches that has been running for six years in the area.

Dates: 31 May – 7 June, 2014

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE – EXCAVATION OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI (Bulgaria)
Excavations of one of the very first Neolithic settlements in Europe (6000-5400 BC) near Ilindentsi, Southwestern Bulgaria. Trips to medieval Melnik and Rila Monastery (Bulgaria). Optional trip to Philippi and Kavala on the Aegean Coast (Greece). Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 14 June – 28 June, 2014
Session 2: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS (Macedonia)
The workshop will guide the participants through the history, techniques and consequent stages of archaeological study, conservation and documentation of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) mosaics. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic Roman mosaics / mosaic fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi. Participants will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia).

Dates: 7 – 21 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

NEW PROJECT! WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS AND MURAL PAINTINGS (Macedonia).
The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman Mosaic and Mural Painting Art and Conservation. Participants will be guided through the consequent stages of study, conservation, restoration and documentation as well as the history and technology of Roman mosaics and mural paintings. They will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid (Macedonia), Pella and Vergina (Greece).

Dates: 7 – 28 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 9

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY (Macedonia)
The workshop will introduce the participants to the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) pottery and will guide them through the consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards and take trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia).

Dates: 7 – 21 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

NEW PROJECT! WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY AND GLASS (Macedonia).
The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman pottery and glass conservation and documentation. They will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid (Macedonia), Pella and Vergina (Greece).

Dates: 7 – 28 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 9

RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION – TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS (Bulgaria)
Excavations of Tell Yunatsite near Pazardzhik, Southern Bulgaria – one of the earliest urban settlements in Europe (5000-4200 BC) belonging to the FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION. Trips to Plovdiv and the Museum of the Museum of the Europe’ best preserved Neolithic (5600 BC) dwellings in Stara Zagora. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1 : 19 July – 2 August, 2014
Session 2 : 3 – 16 August, 2014
Session 3 : 19 July – 9 August, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATIONS (Bulgaria)
Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the forgotten temple of Apollo on St. Kirik Island – once part of the Ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica, present-day Sozopol on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Trips to Nessebar and the Megalithic complex of Begliktash. Optional trip to Istanbul, Turkey. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Session 2: 14 – 28 July, 2014
Session 2: 29 June – 20 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

STOBI (THE CAPITAL CITY OF MACEDONIA SECUNDA) EXCAVATIONS (Macedonia)
Excavations of the impressive ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Macedonia. Trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia). Optional trip to Pella and Vergina (Greece). Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Session 2: 14 – 28 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE LAND OF DIONYSUS – EXCAVATION OF EMPORION PISTIROS, THRACE, BULGARIA (Bulgaria).
Excavation of the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros is to reveal more secrets about the trade, metallurgy, and every-day and religious life, especially the cult of Dionysus (which most of the ancient authors and the majority of the modern scholars consider rooting in Thrace) in Ancient Greece and Thrace in Classical and Hellenistic periods. Trips to Plovdiv and the Thracian royal burial tombs in the Rose Valley. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 2 – 16 August, 2014
Session 2: 17 – 31 August, 2014
Session 3: 2 – 23 August, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

NEW PROJECT! TOPOLA – THE BIGGEST BIRITUAL NECROPOLIS IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE: How the Burial Traditions Reveal the Complex Formation of a Medieval State (Bulgaria)
The number of 600 excavated graves makes the Early Medieval necropolis near Topola (end of 7th – mid. 9th century) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast the biggest biritual (with inhumation and cremation burials) necropolis in South Eastern Europe. The project provides an amazing field experience to students and volunteers combined with high-quality instruction and training (esp. in the field of physical anthropology). Trips to Varna and Kaliakra Fortress. Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 2 – 16 August, 2014
Session 2: 17 – 31 August, 2014

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY (Bulgaria)
The workshop will guide the participants through the history of Ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study, and restoration. It will take place consequently in Emona and Sozopol (the ancient city of Apollonia Pontica) on the Black sea coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Ancient Greek shards and take a trip to Nessebar.

Dates: 2 – 16 September, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

More detailed information on all the Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2014 as well as our special discounts is available for viewing on our website at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org.

On-line applications can be submitted at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/apply.php

Discounts off the admission fees are available in case of:

1) Early Registration in any BHFS Project – by JANUARY 31st, 2014
2) Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.
3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
5) Participation in any BHFS project/s in the past.
6) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2014

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Osteology, Bioarchaeology and Funerary Archaeology in Transylvania

More field school opportunities in Transylvania.

The 2013-2014 osteology and bioarchaeology programs are taught by Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine).

As the 15th century ends, the southeastern European frontier collapses in front of the Ottoman Turks. As Europe redefines itself in the wake of the Ottoman invasion, the Carpathian frontier still holds fast against the Eastern invaders. With the collapse of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1526, its Transylvanian territories became a political battlefield between European and the Ottoman backed princes. The local populations lived under constant social, political, economic and religious stress. During the late Middle Ages, Transylvania goes through major political changes, and a spiritual crisis, under the pressure of Islam from the East and Protestantism from the West.

The aim of the osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically the local Transylvanian populations. For that purpose, we will analyze the relatively very well preserved human remains from ca. 200 adults and 100 children from four different cemeteries from central Transylvania (Romania), dating from the 16-17th centuries. Students will be taught how to identify fragmented bones, determine age, sex, stature, identify pathologies, trauma and take standard measurements. At the same time, they will be introduced to various osteological conservation problems aiming at properly evaluate bone quality for DNA and isotope analysis.

Concurrently, our funerary excavation aims at understanding the evolution of the population within this space-time environment, the changes in the very local type of church architecture and burial patterns through time, and the variations on the Christian burial ritual during social, political and economic stress. Through a more thorough study of the cemeteries and their occupants, we will also explore the different processes that led to the penetration of Protestantism in the region and then its subsequent return to Catholicism. The further study of the human remains in our osteology laboratory will provide a more detailed view of the “lived” human aspects of these transitions and crises.

Osteology Workshops: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: June 8 – July 5, 2014 (all level students)
More information: http://archaeotek.org/osteology_and_bioarch_workshop/osteology_workshop
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Bioarchaeology of Children Osteology Workshop: Victims of Change – lost Churches Projects
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 6 – August 2, 2014 (intermediary and advanced level students)
More information: http://archaeotek.org/osteology_and_bioarch_workshop/bioarchaeology_of_children_workshop
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Excavation: Medieval Cemetery – Life and Death on the Edge of Europe
Location: Teleac and Valeni, Harghita County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Late Middle Ages
Excavation dates – Session 1: June 15 – July 5, 2014
Excavation dates – Session 2: July 6 – July 26, 2014
More information: http://archaeotek.org/medieval_funerary_excavation
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

For student evaluations of the 2013 season, go to: http://archaeotek.org/student_project_evaluation

For additional information: www.archaeotek.org

Serbian Field School: Paleoanthropology & Paleolithic archaeology

Fieldschool in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic archaeology in Serbia

This is the 5th year running and the site is being changed to Salitrena cave in the vicinity of Valjevo. The cave sports an endemic bat population, and beautiful Middle and Upper Paleolithic material covering this most amazing transition with Mousterian, Aurignacian all the way to Gravettian. The stone tools are made of high quality flint, and have the look of textbook-perfect tool types, which is much easier for novice Paleolithic archaeologists than was the material from Balanica.

Information on the field school is available here: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/anthro-field-school-index

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 http://www.transylvaniabioarchaeology.org/Projects.html

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

The University Of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) & Rights Action invite you to join an
EDUCATIONAL FIELD SCHOOL / DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA
MAY 12-25, 2014

GEOGRAPHIES OF CULTURE, RIGHTS & POWER:
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.

APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES:
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 PLAN:
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.)

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT:
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.

FIELD SCHOOL LEADERS –
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.

COURSES:
REQUIRED COURSES:
GEOGRAPHY 333 – GEOGRAPHY Field School
GEOGRAPHY 426/626 – GEOGRAPHIES of Culture, Rights & Power

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

COST = $1400 + airfare + tuition

Items
Expense
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
$900-$1000
$60
$150 (?)
$1000
 Rough Guide to Total Costs
$3600

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)

RISK:
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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Grahame Russell, info@rightsaction.org, 1-860-751-4285
Catherine Nolin, Catherine.nolin@unbc.ca, 1-250-960-5875

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.

Off The Beaten Track Field School

Summer School for Anthropologists and Social Scientists


Hosted by: Expeditions vzw Beemdenstraat 9, 3010 Leuven, Belgium (www.xpeditions.eu), University of Leuven Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven, Belgium (www.kuleuven.be), Ljubljana University Zoisova 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www.uni-lj.si/en)

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).

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

Application
Request the application form through the project website. Or contact Sam Janssen.
www.anthropologyfieldschool.org

Additional information: Description and Scholarship