Archaeological Field and Lab Opportunities
Summer 2023

This curated compilation of archaeological field schools is provided as a convenient starting point for students seeking out archaeological field and lab experiences. The list is not complete, and we will add additional opportunities as we learn of them–please let us know of additional US- and international field schools so we can consider including them.  The text and images below are taken from each project’s website, through the links provided below. Note that Boston University is not affiliated with any of these projects. While we try to ensure that the information provided below is accurate, the ongoing Covid pandemic might require adjustments (or even cancellations) to some programs. Please be sure to get updated information frequently from each individual project’s website and field school director(s). 

NOTE: Updated information for Summer 2023 opportunities is now being received. Many of the opportunities below are updated for summer 2023, and those listed for summer 2022 will be updated as soon as we receive new information. 

Boston University Archaeology majors are reminded that all field schools must be pre-approved in order to meet the archaeological field school requirement, and field schools offering transfer credits must be pre-approved by BU Study Abroad. If you are interested in the field schools listed below or others that you are aware of, discuss them with your faculty advisor and with the Archaeology DUS to ensure that they will meet the BU Archaeology Program’s requirements and, if applicable, will provide course credits that are transferable to BU. NOTE: even if you are approved to receive transfer credits for your successful participation in a non-BU field school, you will NOT receive the BU Hub units that are associated with BU-run AR503 field schools.

We welcome your comments and suggested additions and edits to the list below! Please contact Robert Murowchick <remurow@bu.edu> (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Archaeology Program, Boston University)


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AMACHE—HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE MANAGEMENT OF A JAPANESE CONFINEMENT CAMP, COLORADO 

NOTE: This field school will not be operating during summer 2023 but will be available again for summer 2024. Stay tuned for updates.

Full program details can be found here. A project video can be found here

OVERVIEW

The Amache Archaeology and Heritage Management Field School is part of a long-term community collaborative project at Amache, a World War II-era Japanese American confinement camp in southeastern Colorado. This project provides a rare opportunity for students to work with survivors in synergistic investigations of the past and its meaning in the present at a National Historic Landmark. Working on-site and in the Amache museum, participants in the field school gain hands-on experience in intensive site survey, historic artifact analysis, ground penetrating radar, landscape archaeology, collections management, public interpretation and outreach, and community-based research.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS:
Dr. Bonnie Clark, University of Denver (bclark@du.edu)
Dr. April Kamp-Whittaker, University of New Mexico (akampwhi@unm.edu)
MUSEUM COORDINATOR: Anne Amati, University of Denver (anne.amati@du.edu)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

   


COTTONWOOD SPRING PUEBLO NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL (in Southern New Mexico)

Project website: https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/things-to-do/field-school/

Date: May 25 through June 30, 2023

Where: The NMSU’s 2023 Field School will return to Cottonwood Spring Pueblo (LA 175) on the western flanks of the San Andres Mountains just north of Las Cruces, NM. This 14th-century village dwarfs most other El Paso phase sites (A.D. 1300-1450). Students live in town and commute to the site Monday through Thursday. We devote Fridays to guest lectures and cleaning, sorting, typing, and cataloguing artifacts in the lab on campus. We will also be taking an extended field trip to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in mid-June.

Learn more about previous field schools at Cottonwood Spring Pueblo in the video below!

What: Students will receive 6 weeks of training in archaeological field methods, including excavation, feature documentation, and artifact processing/analysis. Participants must be prepared for rigorous outdoor activity.

Course Options: The field school is an intensive 6-week field-based course, for which all students will earn 6 credit hours. Students can apply for admission to the field school through one of the following course options:

  • ANTH 388: Archaeological Field School. No prerequisites.
  • ANTH 488: Advanced Archaeological Field School. Prerequisite: previous field school training.
  • ANTH 522: Archaeological Field School. Prerequisite: graduate student status.

Cost: Students will be charged tuition for 6 credits, and there will also be a $850 course fee to cover the cost of transportation and essential supplies. Tuition rates vary depending on the semester, resident or non-resident status, and graduate or undergraduate status, and summer tuition rates are typically published in April of each year. Once the summer rates are published, you will be able to find them here: https://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition_fees/index.html.

How to Apply: Download and complete the application form below, and submit it to wiwalker@nmsu.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on March 10, 2023, so applications received by that date will receive top priority.

Questions? Contact the 2023 project director: Dr. William Walker (wiwalker@nmsu.edu).

       

 


Lubbock Lake Landmark Quaternary Research Program, Northwest Texas 2023 Field Work Opportunities

Project website: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/lll/FieldResearch.html

Date: Two six-week sessions are offered in 2023:

First Session June 4 to July 16, 2023; Second Session July 9 to August 20, 2023 

Join an ongoing field research program of international volunteer crews working with the professional staff at the Lubbock Lake Landmark, Roland Springs Ranch, and Post research areas in northwest Texas. Each research area contains a field camp; food and snacks are provided at no cost. Volunteers are required to provide their round-trip travel costs.
 
The 2023 field season marks the 50th anniversary of the Landmark’s regional research program (1973-2023)
 
Research at our Post research area was reported in Archaeology Magazine.
 
A short video description of the research program can be found here
 
Two 6-week sessions are offered this year.
First Session: June 4th – July 16th
Second Session: July 9th – August 20th
The application deadline target dates are May 8 for the first session and June 19th for the second session.
 
Although not a field school, volunteers for the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research program gain practical experience in museum field methodologies using the latest field recording technology, including GIS and 3D, proper field conservation of materials, and laboratory experience in processing material from the field.
 
– 6-week volunteer minimum commitment
– must be 18 years of age
– no experience necessary, just an interest in fieldwork.
 
Click here to apply and for more information about the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research program
 
Contact Dr. Eileen Johnson, Director of the Landmark, for additional inquiries. 

NSF REU SITE: CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER COLLEGE FIELD SCHOOL FOR UNDERGRADUATES — 2023 Northern Chaco Outliers Project (NCOP) in the U.S. Southwest

Date:  May 29 to July 14, 2023
Deadline for applications is March 12, 2023
Click here for a Summer 2023 application:  2023 COLLEGE FIELD SCHOOL APPLICATION
This project is funded in part by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate. It has broader scientific and societal impacts in addition to integrating undergraduate research and education. This REU Sites award to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center supports authentic archaeological research for 10 undergraduate students from underserved populations over the course of seven weeks spanning three years (30 total students).

Students actively engage in research alongside professional mentors within the framework of a long-term research project, the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Students receive extensive preparation in STEM-based learning objectives that are necessary for future success within the discipline. This program provides students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure future employment within archaeology and to pursue advanced degrees, emerging as the next generation of professionals, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, educators, and leaders within the sciences. Inferences generated about past human behavior are utilized to create a better understanding of the principles that govern culture change worldwide and to address issues relevant to today’s societies, providing critical information to guide future policy making.

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center initiated the Northern Chaco Outliers Project in 2017 with the goals of addressing important regional questions surrounding the expansion of Ancestral Pueblo Chaco-style communities in the Mesa Verde region, as well as broader anthropological research questions concerning human-environment interactions, the development of inequality/equality, the political role of community centers, and identity formation/dissolution. Although this Site has a regional focus, its results have national and global impacts. By engaging in scientific research focused on broader anthropological questions, REU students advance and share knowledge of the human past and contribute to cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary research surrounding human actions in the past, present, and future.

This award reflects NSF’s statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation’s intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

OVERVIEW

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (CCAC) was awarded support by the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site focusing on the Northern Chaco Outliers Project (NCOP) in the U.S. Southwest. This seven-week experiential program will bring together undergraduate students, including American Indian and other underrepresented populations, and professional archaeologists for the purpose of providing authentic and professional opportunities for student engagement in collaborative, on-going research. Students will receive extensive preparation in: 1) designing and conducting empirically-derived research; 2) archaeological theory; 3) excavation and survey methodology and laboratory analyses; and 4) archaeological law and ethics. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to join the work force and to pursue advanced degrees, emerging as the next generation of professionals, educators, and leaders within the sciences. Under the direction of Dr. Susan C. Ryan, the Center’s Chief Mission Officer, undergraduate students may, but are not required to, enroll for 6 credit hours in Anthropology 379, through Adams State University in Colorado that can be transferred to their home institution. This field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

   

COVID-19 Precautions

Crow Canyon staff continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with everyone’s safety in mind. We will offer this in-person program with additional safety measures in place and will follow Crow Canyon’s COVID-19 safety protocols throughout the program. This program may be cancelled if the environment is unsafe for students and staff.

Stipends
Qualifying students will receive a stipend to support their attendance through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (NSF REU 1851763).

Accommodations
Accommodations are in comfortable, shared cabins on Crow Canyon’s 170-acre campus, just outside the town of Cortez. Students must provide their own sleeping kits and personal gear and will be housed in cabins designed to be energy efficient. Cabins include shower and toilet facilities. Housing costs are included with this program.

  • Crow Canyon provides Wi-Fi Internet service in campus buildings.
  • Laundry facilities will be made available to students.

Meals
This program provides all meals, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On-campus meals are served cafeteria-style in the lodge. Dinner and lunches on campus include a salad bar and a vegetarian entree. Fresh fruit, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee are available on campus all day. If you are working at the Haynie site or on survey, snacks, water, and a picnic lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips, and cookies) are provided. Juice, spring water, and soda are available from the vending machine behind the lodge. Meal costs are included with this program.

Campus
Crow Canyon’s 170-acre campus, located just outside the town of Cortez, features a large meadow, pinyon- and juniper-covered hillsides, and spectacular views of Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountains. A short nature trail winds through the woods. Buildings on campus include the lodge, cabins, 10 Navajo-style hogans, two learning centers, and the Gates Archaeology Laboratory (the Gates Building), which houses classrooms, libraries, offices, and a material culture laboratory. A lounge area is also available in the Gates Building.

All indoor facilities are smoke-free. Wildfires are a real danger in our area; if you smoke, please do so only in the designated smoking area, at the picnic table behind the lodge. Smoking by minors (under age 18) is prohibited. In addition to hosting participants in Crow Canyon programs, our rural campus is also visited by a variety of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, marmots, birds, snakes, lizards, foxes, coyotes, and the occasional mountain lion.

The field school fee covers in-field transportation, field equipment rental, housing, meals, instructor fees, evening lectures, and field trips to ancestral Pueblo sites in the Mesa Verde region. Transportation to and from Cortez and your personal gear are your responsibility. Weekends are yours to explore the cultural and natural attractions in the area.

For additional information, contact fieldschool@crowcanyon.org


The Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School Summer 2024 (Stonington, CT)

NOTE: This field school will not be operating during summer 2023 but will be available again for summer 2024. Stay tuned for updates.

Project Overview (from summer 2022 field season):

The Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School is back for Summer 2022! After last being offered in Summer 2018, it offers lots of great archaeology and Indigenous-centered community collaboration, as always. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is offering a five-week, six-credit archaeological field course on the Eastern Pequot reservation, located in southeastern Connecticut. In close collaboration with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation,the Summer 2022 field school represents the 12th field season of intensive study of tribal lands since 2003 to identify and document archaeological sites dating to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in an effort to study the persistence and survivance of Indigenous people in colonial New England. The Eastern Pequot community has occupied this historic reservation since 1683. Read more about results of years of work with this community.

Field school students will receive training in techniques such as subsurface surveying, excavation, artifact processing, material culture identification, and archival research. These will prepare students for subsequent archaeological work inacademic, cultural resource management, and public archaeology contexts. In addition, students will be engaged directly with issues of decolonizing and anti-racist practice, critical heritage, cultural representation, and community work in contemporary archaeology. To complement the field archaeology, the field school will also work on developing and augmenting heritage products that meet Indigenous community needs. Through this well-established educational and community-oriented program, students will have the unique opportunity to participate in collaborative and engaged archaeology and heritage work alongside Native American leaders, elders, adults, and youth in a joint effort to recover aspects of Pequot history in southern New England and to keep charting the future for amore inclusive, decolonized, and socially responsible anthropology.

The course fee for the undergraduate and graduate sections covers six credit hours, instruction, field activities, visits to museums and nearby projects, housing, food, and travel between the field house and reservation. The fee does NOT cover basic student supplies, required health insurance, or transportation to/from the field school.

This field school is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation.

Project Director:
Dr. Stephen Silliman, University of Massachusetts Boston <Stephen.Silliman@umb.edu>

Office: 617-287-6854 / Fax: 617-287-6857
Website: www.faculty.umb.edu/stephen_silliman

At the following link you will find a short film highlighting Eastern Pequot voices about their heritage, culture, and the longstanding indigenous archaeology project done in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a state-recognized tribe, the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation has a reservation in North Stonington, Connecticut, that its community has occupied since 1683. For more information on this Indigenous community, visit http://easternpequottribalnation.org/, or find them on social media at https://www.facebook.com/EasternPequo…. For those who are not familiar with this area, the Eastern Pequot are cousins of the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot, and their respective reservation boundaries sit less than a mile apart. However, unlike the Mashantucket who own Foxwoods Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the Eastern Pequot do not currently have federal recognition (as noted in the film) or its benefits such as economic development, community buildings, or a museum.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a project field school video, produced and directed by Stephen W. Silliman, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, copyright 2021. Video and audio editing by Stephen W. Silliman and Brian Schools. With special gratitude to the Institute for New England Native American Studies, especially Dr. Cedric Woods, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston for additional support and collaboration.

  


MOHEGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, CONNECTICUT

NOTE: This field school will not be operating during summer 2023, but is expected to return for summer 2024

The following description applies to the summer 2022 program, and is provided here for informational purposes:

Full program details can be viewed here

OVERVIEW

The Mohegan field school studies colonial-era sites on the Mohegan Reservation in an innovative collaborative setting. The study of reservation households sheds new light on the rhythms and materiality of everyday life during tumultuous times while providing valuable perspectives on the long-term outcomes of colonial repression, survivance, interaction, and exchange. The field school brings together students and staff of diverse backgrounds to learn about colonial history, the history of North American archaeology, and—most importantly—the often-troubled relationship between archaeologists and indigenous communities. The field school runs as an equal partnership between the Tribe and an academic archaeologist.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Dr. Craig N. Cipolla, Art and Culture & Anthropology, Royal Ontario Museum & University of Toronto <craigc@rom.on.ca>

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

   


ZOOARCHAEOLOGY IN THEORY & PRACTICE: ANALYZING MATERIALS FROM LOS ANGELES NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND CHANNEL ISLANDS, CALIFORNIA (US)

Project dates: June 12 to July 7, 2023   Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-us-ca-zooarchaeology

Project syllabus with detailed information: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Syllabus-US-CA-Zooarch-2023.pdf

DIRECTOR Dr. Ariel Taivalkoski, Research Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (arieltai@buffalo.edu)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This zooarchaeology field school is a laboratory program that focuses on the identification and interpretation of archaeological faunal materials. In addition to covering theoretical approaches to faunal remain interpretations, laboratory course work will concentrate on developing proficiency in identifying mammal, fish, bird, and herptile specimens. This program will provide seminar course work including the study of taphonomic processes, assemblage formation, and the use of bone data to investigate archaeological questions. Students will learn how to use comparative collections for actual research of materials excavated archaeologically. For 2023, we will be using the large comparative collections of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum (third largest such museum in the U.S.) to analyze archaeological faunal assemblages. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of faunal material from the Channel Islands (including remains from Daisy Cave, Big Dog Cave, and Dr. Gusick’s own excavations) as well as 19th century historic material recovered from the area surrounding the museum. Our research goal is to identify species and reconstruct ancient environment and human-nature interaction during the Chumash and Tongva occupation of the Channel Islands The course is design to develop experienced and capable researchers in zooarcheology, a first step to a possible career in academia or the Cultural Resource Management sector. Students will be shown the many career pathways available to anthropology majors and will prepare application materials for a job in their preferred pathway. Students will be trained in both academic writing and public interpretation of faunal materials. Honors thesis and graduate level research work with the collections is possible and encouraged. This program is lab based. No excavations will take place, we will focus on methodological analysis of faunal remains in a lab setting.

 


ZOOARCHAEOLOGY AND FIELD ECOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Program Dates: May 8-June 2, 2023

For full details, click here

Course Structure and Organization:

The course will begin (May 8-12) with five-day intensive introduction to zooarchaeology, vertebrate osteology, and natural history by zoom. Students will then meet in Salt Lake City (May 15) and we will proceed from there on a 6-day camping field trip across the state of Utah. We will explore many of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (e.g., Danger Cave, Hogup cave, Lakeside Cave, Homestead Cave, Cowboy Cave, Sudden Shelter, Bonneville Estates Rockshelter) and study the different habitats and vertebrate faunas of the regions. We will then stay for the remainder of the course (May 21-June 2) at the remote and scenic Range Creek Field Station in eastern Utah with continued field and lab studies and lectures on various topics in zooarchaeology. Students will complete a problem-oriented research project at the field station and present an oral presentation on that work at a conference on June 2. We depart on June 3.

Enrollment limited. Application (see below) is required. Students enroll in University of Utah, Anthropology 5712-section 2; (Field Methods: North America). 6 semester credit hours. Click here for course syllabus.

See a review of this field school on Archaeodirt:  http://archaeodirt.weebly.com/field-school-reviews/category/zooarchaeology

Contact Jack Broughton(jack.broughton@anthro.utah.edu) for more information.

  

   


2023 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL: HINCKLEY MOUNDS EXCAVATION, PROVO, UTAH

Dates: May 1 to June 22, 2023

Project website: https://anthropology.byu.edu/2023archaeologyfieldschool

Project video of the 2015 field school that highlights some of the technology we were testing while excavating at the Hinckley Mounds site: https://youtu.be/XTalyNxJE2Q

The 2023 Archaeological Field School will take place in our own backyard at the Hinckley Mounds located in west Provo, Utah. It will include two components: (1) several weeks of excavation, and (2) at least one week of survey. The research will be conducted as a continuation of a long standing interest in the precolonial history of Utah Valley by faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University. Students will learn basic skills in map reading, GIS and GPS technology, familiarity with excavation and survey forms, total stations, and resolving general field problems. The 2023 Field School will help increase our knowledge about the Fremont period in Utah Valley (A.D. 750-1300), and has the potential to provide exciting new information about the Fremont people who experienced village life in this water-rich valley.

As mentioned above, several archaeologists have conducted excavations at the Hinckley Mounds. These include Julian Steward (1935), Ross Christensen (1947), Dee Forest Green (1961), Dale Berge (1966), and Joel Janetski. They have yielded evidence of structures, material remains (figurines, ceramics, bone, lithics, beads, etc.), and human remains. The planned excavation areas for 2023 fieldwork include an above-ground structure partially excavated in 2015 (and 1946) and a rich deposit just south of Mound 1 at site 42UT112. This site lies in a field on the Hinckley Farms just east of the Provo airport. John Hinckley, Sr. and his late father, G. Marion Hinckley, have done an excellent job in preserving this site.

SCHEDULE AND FIELD CONDITIONS
This field school will be held in the Spring 2023 semester, which runs from May 1-June 22. Each day we will meet at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures in the morning and drive out to the site together; it’s a quick 15 minutes from campus. Students will eat breakfast before arriving at the museum and will bring a lunch to eat in the field. We will return to the museum at the end of the day (c.a. 4-4:30 pm), and all students will go home each night. The only costs you will have for this field school are tuition. I am not planning to assess any fees, so this should be the most affordable archaeology field school offered by the department.

There is no application process for this spring field school (ANTHR 455). The only requirement is that you complete the prerequisites, which are ANTHR 110 and 215. You are also required to enroll in ANTHR 454, Field School Prep, a two-credit hour course taught in the Winter 2023 semester. This course will get you ready to investigate the ruins at the Hinckley Mounds through hands-on practice and reading literature relavant to our excavation.

For further information, please contact the director, Dr. Michael Searcy (msearcy@byu.edu) or the co-director, Scott Ure (su@byu.edu).

 


HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT MONTPELIER, VIRGINIA

Date: May 22 to June 30, 2023

We are now accepting applications for our 2023 field school! Applications will be due by March 1st, 2023. If you have questions about the 2023 field school season, please email us at dig@montpelier.org.

Deadline: Contact the program for updated information

OVERVIEW

The Montpelier Archaeology Department has hosted field schools for more than two decades, beginning in 1987 with James Madison University. The program has grown to include students from a variety of universities, spanning the US and abroad.

The Archaeology Field School at James Madison’s Montpelier is one month long, and is offered one time annually and is available with* or without course credit. While Montpelier manages both prehistoric and historic sites, the field school focuses on the historic archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries. 

The field school is an intensive course designed to give students training in field and laboratory techniques. Students are housed at our intern house on the property, and will be introduced to the archaeological method through practical experience while engaged in unit excavations (Phase II and III). Students will also be introduced to survey tools (laser transit) and their use in topographic surveys and establishing a grid.  

The Montpelier Foundation offers scholarships for African American students.  Additional details can be found on the project website link below.

Students who have participated in the Archaeology Field School are also invited to apply for competitive internships (including paid internships). See the Montpelier Internships page for more information on these opportunities. The fee for the field school includes on-site housing. 

The Montpelier Archaeology Field School is accredited through James Madison University and SUNY Plattsburgh. 

A sample syllabus can be found here

Archaeology Paid Internships

The Montpelier Archaeology Department offers paid internships.  In order to qualify for an internship, you MUST attend the Montpelier Archaeology Field School.  These paid internships include full employee benefits and free housing on the property. Up to five, year-long interns (3 or 4 field interns and 1 or 2 lab interns) will be selected near the end of the field school from our current Field School as well as other applicants who apply and have attended the Montpelier Archaeology Field School previously.

For those who have not previously attended our field school, you MUST apply, be accepted, and attend a Montpelier Field School to be considered for the year-long internships. For those who have previously attended the Montpelier Field School and want to apply for year-long internships, please email us at dig@montpelier.org for details.

To apply for the archaeological field school, click here

To learn more click here

Contact: dig@montpelier.org


MONTICELLO-UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL: ARCHAEOLOGY OF CHESAPEAKE LANDSCAPE AND SLAVERY

Date: June 5 to July 14, 2023  (Application deadline: April 11, 2023)
Project website: https://www.monticello.org/research-education/for-scholars/archaeology-daacs/archaeological-field-school/
Project video: https://youtu.be/Kb5MjFdleIE

Monticello’s Department of Archaeology and the University of Virginia offer a six-week archaeological field school at Monticello. The program starts in the first week of June. It offers six credits to undergraduate and graduate students through the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Monticello-UVA Field School accepts applications from undergraduate students as well as postgraduates. A current or previous affiliation with UVA is not required to attend.

Monticello will offer successful applicants half-tuition scholarships. Since space is limited to twelve students, please be sure to have all application materials submitted by deadline: April 11, 2023.

The Program

The Monticello field school offers a hands-on introduction to basic excavation, recording, and laboratory techniques in archaeology. The course emphasizes a scientific, multidisciplinary approach to doing landscape archaeology.  It also provides the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research into the ecological and social dynamics that unfolded on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Plantation in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Technical topics covered include survey and excavation strategies as well as the analytical possibilities for ceramics, faunal remains, plant phytoliths and pollen, deposits and the sediments they contain, soils, and spatial distributions of artifacts across sites and larger landscapes.

Guest lecturers are drawn from a variety of disciplines including archaeology, geology, ecology, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, and history. On-site instruction, lectures, and discussion sessions at Monticello will be complemented by field trips to related sites. Students will attend classes forty hours per week, with the bulk of that time spent working in the field and the lab. Reading assignments, lectures, and discussion sessions will cover both technical and historical issues.

Research Focus

Our fieldwork addresses changing patterns of land use and settlement on Thomas Jefferson’s, Monticello Plantation from c. 1750 to 1860, along with their ecological and social causes and consequences. Toward the end of the 18th century, spurred by shifts in the Atlantic economy, Thomas Jefferson and planters across the Chesapeake region replaced tobacco cultivation with a more diversified agricultural regime, based around wheat. Our research is revealing the enormous implications of this shift for what the landscape looked like and how enslaved African-Americans worked and lived on it. Significant questions remain about the ecological processes that were unleashed, how they were experienced by slaves and slave owners, and the importance of changing slave work routines in explaining social dynamics among enslaved and free people.

The focus of our field research in 2023 is Site 30, a domestic site that was home to enslaved field laborers in the 1770s and 1780s, when tobacco was the cash crop at Monticello. In the fall of 2022 we discovered a subfloor pit at the site that marks the location of a long-vanished log house. Evidence from the spatial distribution of artifacts across the site points to the existence of other houses. Our goals for the summer include determining if the subfloor pit we found belongs to a larger cluster of pits, under a single house. This pattern is typical of the houses in which enslaved people in the Chesapeake lived for most of the eighteenth century. We also aim to locate the subsurface traces of the other houses that once stood on the site.

Requirements
The course does not assume students have previous archaeological field experience. An introductory course in archaeology will be helpful, but is not mandatory. Archaeological fieldwork is very demanding. Students should be in good physical condition and enjoy sustained, strenuous teamwork.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition rates are set by the University of Virginia and vary by residency status (see this link for details: . For Virginia residents, total field-school tuition for 6 credits is $2,538 for undergraduates and $2,934 for graduate students. For non-residents, tuition is $9.312 for undergraduates and $5,952 for graduate students.All students accepted into the field school will receive scholarships from Monticello worth half the tuition charge.

Room and Board

Air conditioned housing at the University of Virginia is available to Students at an estimated cost of $41 per night or roughly $287 per week for a single room.Meals are available at an additional cost through University dining services, or students can choose to prepare their own meals. Numerous summer sublets are also available in Charlottesville, but students will need to make their own arrangements.

To Apply

Send a one-page cover letter that outlines your interest in archaeology and a CV or resume that contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. The application deadline is April 11, 2023. You can email your application tofieldschool@monticello.org. The snail mail address is:

Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School
P.O. Box 316, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

For further information about archaeological research at Monticello, visit our website or visit us onFacebook orGoogle+.

Or contact Fraser Neiman at (434) 984-9812 or fneiman@monticello.org.


THOMAS JEFFERSON’S POPLAR FOREST ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL (Lynchburg, VA)

Field School Dates: June 5- July 14, 2023   Application deadline: April 1, 2023

Project Website: https://www.poplarforest.org/learn/educational-programs-and-resources/archaeology-field-school/

A UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE AT THOMAS JEFFERSON’S RETREAT

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer the 32nd annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology. The field school provides a foundation in current methods and theories of historical archaeology, and offers a solid introduction to the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. Students will also actively participate in our ongoing interpretation of archaeology to the public. In the summer of 2023, field school participants will excavate sites associated with Poplar Forest’s enslaved residents and the plantation’s early infrastructure. Sites that will be investigated will include searching for the location of a stable, slave quarter, and other structures associated with Jefferson’s retreat home and plantation as well as later residents. Students will work with the professional staff to better understand the lives of the individuals living and working at these sites by studying the material remains recovered from the summer’s excavations. These sites will reveal new data about the daily lives of people who labored on this plantation during  Thomas Jefferson’s ownership. This data can be compared with multiple sites that have already been excavated at Poplar Forest, allowing us to trace the plantation layout and the ways it changed at Poplar Forest over time. The study of this site will also provide new information for Poplar Forest’s interpretive efforts that can be included in signage and tours that help our visitors better understand the landscapes and lives of the many people, both free and enslaved, that lived on this plantation.

WHAT WOULD I DO AT THE POPLAR FOREST FIELD SCHOOL?

Students will spend 40 hours a week at Poplar Forest, with most of the time split between the excavation site and the archaeology laboratory. Strenuous daily activity will require physical endurance and good health. Participants will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and software, including a total station for recording field information, GPS receivers for collecting spatial data over large areas, a database system containing both the archaeological artifact and context records, and a complete inventory of over 3,000 historical documents relating to Poplar Forest.

FIELD SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The program includes weekly readings on topics in historical archaeology; lectures by staff and noted authorities covering such topics as landscape history, plantation life, and nineteenth-century material culture; the archaeology of the African Diaspora in America and beyond; environmental archaeology; professional opportunities in historical archaeology; and the role of public archaeology in our world today. As part of the program, students will also participate in a half-day workshop on architectural restoration and preservation philosophy. On-site work is supplemented by field trips to sites where historical archaeology is underway. Students will be asked to observe and evaluate strategies used by these sites to incorporate archaeology into their public interpretation.

  • Week 1 Orientation to Poplar Forest, instruction, initial excavation, guest lecture, discussion of readings
  • Week 2 Field and lab work at Poplar Forest, field trip, guest lecture, discussion of readings
  • Week 3 Field and lab work at Poplar Forest, guest lecture, discussion of readings
  • Week 4 Field and lab work at Poplar Forest, field trip, guest lecture, discussion of readings
  • Week 5 Field and lab work at Poplar Forest, overnight field trip, discussion of readings
  • Week 6 Conclusion of field work, presentations, summation of activities

WHAT IF I’VE NEVER STUDIED ARCHAEOLOGY OR BEEN ON A “DIG”?

The Poplar Forest Field School is designed for the beginner. While some will bring previous experience, for most participants, this will be their first archaeological field school.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology, archaeology, history, or historic preservation; museum volunteers and staff; public and private school teachers in social studies and related subjects; individuals interested in pursuing archaeology as a career; individuals interested in archaeology, history, and early American Southern culture; students of Jefferson, African-American and early American history. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have finished high school.

UNIVERSITY CREDIT

This field school in historical archaeology carries six credits from the University of Virginia’s School of Arts and Sciences. Students who do not attend the University of Virginia should check with their degree-granting institution to verify transferability of credits.

TUITION & SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE

All participants accepted into the field school will receive a scholarship from Poplar Forest. This is a tuition grant that covers half of the tuition charge for six credit hours. With this scholarship assistance, Virginia resident undergraduates will pay $1329 and Virginia resident graduate students will pay $1527. Out-of-state undergraduate students will pay $4875 and out of state graduate students will pay  $3096. The university also charges a $54 off-grounds administrative fee to all students.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Air-conditioned accommodations are available at the University of Lynchburg. Estimated cost is $38 per day. Students are responsible for their own meals and transportation to the site each day. Students are free to make other housing arrangements as well.

SPECIAL NEEDS

If your attendance requires any aids or services as addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please inform us at least two weeks prior to the course. Contact the UVA Office of Summer & Special Academic Programs at 434-924-3371 or summer@virginia.edu.

POPLAR FOREST ARCHAEOLOGY INSTRUCTORS

Eric Proebsting, Ph.D., Director of Archaeology and Landscapes

Dr. Proebsting’s research interests include historical archaeology, agricultural communities, landscape archaeology, historical ecology, plantation studies, the archaeology of slavery, public outreach, and the archaeological applications of GIS and other techniques for collaborative research projects.


Steve Lenik, Ph.D., Research Archaeologist

Dr. Lenik’s research interests include the archaeology of the African Diaspora, the archaeology of missions, the Atlantic World, plantation landscapes, and community engagement.


Karen McIlvoy, M.A., Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor

Ms. McIlvoy’s research interests include the material culture of slavery and the African Diaspora, social dynamics within plantation communities, the archaeology of spirituality and folk beliefs, and the interactions between people and material culture.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Eric Proebsting, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes at eric@poplarforest.org or 434.534.8102

APPLY NOW

Please submit your application by filling out the form below and attaching your résumé. A statement of personal and professional reasons for participating is required. Application deadline is April 1, 2023.


HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT ST. MARY’S CITY, MARYLAND

Date: May 22 to June 30, 2023   Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project website: http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org/research/field-school/

Explore America’s Past at Historic St. Mary’s City

2023 Field School in Historical Archaeology

Overview: Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), announces its 2023 Field School in Historical Archaeology. The 2023 field season will be focused on St. Mary’s Fort (ca. 1634), the site of Maryland’s founding. St. Mary’s Fort was a large, palisaded fort constructed by the first wave of European colonists who arrived in Maryland in the spring of 1634. St. Mary’s Fort represented the first major foothold of European settlement in Maryland. Its discovery and interpretation are critical to understanding the early period of indigenous-colonial relations, a period that is not well-documented historically or archaeologically. This project also offers the opportunity to reflect on the nature of historical colonialism in Maryland and its continuing effects in today’s world.

Excavations during the 2023 season will be focused on the northwestern wall of St. Mary’s Fort and Structure 101, a massive timber-framed building that played an important role in the early fort.

Note: HSMC continues to monitor the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Participants in the 2023 Field School in Historical Archaeology are required to follow vaccination requirements outlined by St. Mary’s College of Maryland and to follow program-specific protocols regarding masking, social distancing, etc. to ensure the health of students and staff. These protocols will be shared prior to the start of the program and will be reviewed at the start of the field school. They are subject to revaluation and update as the situation evolves.

Program Dates:
May 22 – June 30, 2023

About the Program 

HSMC is a state-supported, outdoor museum located at the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634–1694). The HSMC field school one of the longest-running historical archaeology field schools in the United States. Participants engage in an immersive six-week program that teaches the foundational principles of historical archaeology through hands-on excavation, laboratory work, and artifact analysis. Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial material in the country.

The Field School in Historical Archaeology is an ideal experience for undergraduate or graduate students concentrating in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Museum Studies, or American Studies, or for any student with an interest in learning about the past through archaeology. 

Requirements
No prior archaeological experience is required for acceptance into the field school. An introductory course in anthropology, archaeology, and/or colonial history will be helpful, but is not mandatory. Archaeological fieldwork is physically demanding and requires strong communication skills; the ability to engage in sustained, strenuous teamwork is essential.

Tuition and Fees
Although the HSMC Historical Archaeology Field School is accredited through St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), a state honors college dedicated to the Liberal Arts, the field school program is open to students from any institution that accepts transferable credit. Undergraduate students may register for either Anthropology or History credits. Tuition for the four-credit program is as follows:

MD/DC Tuition
4 credits @ $348.50 per credit = $1,394.00
Non-MD Tuition
4 credits @ $498.50 per credit = $1,994.00

An additional fee of $25 is assessed to cover the costs of materials and a commemorative T-shirt for each participating student. Graduate students should contact Director of Research and Collections Travis Parno (travis.parno@maryland.gov) to discuss accreditation options. 

The Pathways to Archaeology Field School Scholarship (PTAFSS) is available for students from historically underrepresented groups in archaeology. Contact travis.parno@maryland.gov for more information.

Room and Board
Housing in SMCM dormitories is available to students at a reduced rate on a first-come-first-served basis. Housing includes access to free wi-fi and laundry facilities. Students housed on campus may also enroll in one of several meal plan options available on SMCM’s campus. HSMC is within walking distance from SMCM’s campus. Transportation assistance is available for out-of-state students. Students seeking housing are encouraged to apply early. Contact travis.parno@maryland.gov for information about reserving a room or enrolling in a meal plan.

 How to Apply
To apply, please submit an application that includes the following components to the email address listed below:
1. A one-page personal statement that describes your interest in the course and your academic background, including your expected graduation date and any previous courses, experiences, or special skills relevant to your participation in the field school.
2. A resume or curriculum vitae that includes your contact information (both mailing addresses and phone numbers) for your university and permanent residences.
3. Contact information (including professional title, mailing address, and email address) of two academic references.

Application documents should be submitted electronically in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format to travis.parno@maryland.gov.

Application Deadline: April 7, 2023

For additional information about Historic St. Mary’s City, see https://www.hsmcdigshistory.org/


JAMESTOWNE REDISCOVERY: HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL  (Jamestown, Virginia)

Date: May 30 – July 7, 2023

Project website: https://historicjamestowne.org/archaeology/archaeological-field-school/

Project video: https://youtu.be/U4Q1qIIYVJA

Be part of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project’s ongoing mission to excavate, interpret, preserve, conserve, and research findings from the site of England’s first successful colony in North America by participating in Jamestown Rediscovery’s annual Archaeological Field School from May 30 to July 7, 2023!

The Program

Jamestown’s Field School provides a unique opportunity for students to contribute to the research and interpretation of early 17th-century English America. The Field School, jointly offered by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation and the University of Virginia, introduces participants to the methods and theories of American historical archaeology through hands-on fieldwork. Students will be helping to expand our understanding of the site of James Fort (1607-1624). Throughout the Field School, students will learn excavation and recording procedures and identify and interpret 17th-century European and First People’s artifacts. In addition, the Field School will include field trips and weekly seminars exploring recent contributions of historical archaeology to colonial history, new field recording and interpretation methods, and a survey of the recent literature in the discipline. Both novice and experienced students will learn practical archaeological skills and the course is also an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.

Course Requirements

Field School Director: David M. Givens, MA.

Students will be required to attend classes 40 hours a week (Monday-Friday), with most of that time spent on-site working on the excavation. Strenuous daily activities will require physical endurance and excellent health. Students also will spend time processing and learning to identify artifacts from the early Anglo-American settlement period in the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory. Students will be required to keep a journal of their field, lab, and seminar work.

Upon completing this course, participants will receive six graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) from the University of Virginia. Students who transfer credits must make arrangements directly with their college or university. Educators wishing to apply this course toward recertification must obtain prior approval from their school systems. See below for 2023 tuition rates and fees as well as information on housing.

Application and Selection Process

To apply, please submit an application form (download application form); a résumé; a statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to participate in the Jamestown Archaeological Field School; any other evidence of a well-rounded personality, the ability to work with others, and physical fitness; and two recommendation letters (download recommendation form). Current or previous affiliation with the University of Virginia is not required to attend the Field School. Completed applications must be received by April 3, 2023 (if you cannot make this deadline, please contact the staff).

Applicants will be selected based upon a review of their résumé, application form, statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to attend the school, and recommendations. Applicants will be notified no later than April 28, 2023 (In some cases, early acceptance may be granted if required by the applicant).

2023 Tuition Rates and Fees

In-State Tuition (Virginia Residents)

  • Undergraduate Students: $2,658 ($443 per credit hour)
  • Graduate Students: $3,054 ($509 per credit hour)

Out-of-State Tuition (Non-Virginia Residents)

  • Undergraduate Students: $4,875 ($812.50 per credit hour)**
  • Graduate Students: $3,096 ($516 per credit hour)**

The University requires an additional off-site fee for both in-state and out-of-state students.

** Tuition rates reflect a scholarship of 50% provided by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation for out-of-state students accepted into the Field School. The University of Virginia’s current tuition is $1,625 per credit hour for out-of-state undergrad students and $1,032 per credit hour for out-of-state graduate students.

The University of Virginia’s tuition rates and fees list can be viewed here.

Room and Board

Jamestown Rediscovery is working with local partners and hotels to secure local housing for interested students. Please note on your application if you would like to rent local housing through Jamestown Rediscovery, so the proper number of rooms can be secured.

Questions?

Please contact the archaeology team at archaeology@preservationvirginia.org or by phone at 757-229-4997 x100.

           



FIELD TO CURATION: ARCHAEOLOGICAL CURATION FROM START TO FINISH AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY AND WITH THE ILLINOIS STATE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY

[OUTDATED LISTING] Date: May 23 to July 1, 2022    Enrollment status: Open, Payment deadline: April 15, 2022

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

The field, lab, and curation components of this program provide a rare opportunity to gain a holistic perspective on archaeological collections in a single field school, covering everything from the front-end process of curation to its final steps. Students will learn skills that can be applied to a career in curation, museums, collections, archives, and of course, field archaeology, all while doing detective work to solve the many unpredictable issues that arise when rehabilitating old collections.

The archaeological fieldwork component of the program will take place at a late Mississippian period (AD 1200-1450) village in southeast Missouri, where students will gain an introduction to excavation methods that will serve as a primer for more comprehensive field excavation experiences and will provide the necessary background for understanding how collections are generated. Students will also gain hands-on training and experience in curation at the Archaeology Laboratory of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), which holds a legacy collection of archaeological material from our study site, as well as materials from modern excavations. Students will learn how to identify the various types of artifacts found in pre-contact North America, the cultural history of the Midwestern US, the challenges of modern curation and how those relate to field work, basic methods employed in managing collections, relational database use and design, and the legislation governing archaeological collections in the US, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Several field trips, guest lectures from experts in the field, and group discussions enhance this experience. Field trips slated for 2022 include visits to the Mississippian period UNESCO World Heritage site of Cahokia, French Colonial sites along the Mississippi River, and the repositories of several regional museums and research centers.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR: Dr. Tamira K. Brennan, Section Head of Curation, Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Research (tbrennnan@illinois.edu)

CO-DIRECTOR: Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, Associate Professor, History and Anthropology, Southeast Missouri State University (jbengtson@semo.edu

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)



GALLINA: PUEBLOAN REBELS OF THE SOUTHWEST (Northern New Mexico)

Date: June 12 to July 7, 2023    Enrollment status: Open, Payment deadline: May 1, 2023

Full program details can be found here and on the project website

OVERVIEW

During A.D. 700-1400, the Greater American Southwest was an explosive laboratory where changing social, cultural, and political ideals were maintained, invented, thrown-out, reused, and contested. As people grappled with how power was controlled and distributed in society, new religious practices and new ideas about community grew from these struggles. It is within these complicated times that revolutions occur. Students on this project will explore the Gallina culture, a group of Ancestral Pueblo rebels in the region who resisted elites and inequality from A.D. 1100-1300. During this public archaeology field school, students will learn excavation, survey and site assessment, artifact analysis and processing, and public outreach. For the public outreach portion students will participate in open discussions with stakeholder communities, including the Santa Fe National Forest, about the nature of our fieldwork and its future directions and will create a final essay or media project that will be shared with a public audience. Students will also travel to nearby sites like Chaco Canyon and San Marcos Pueblo to broadly contextualize the regional history in order to deepen their understanding of how countercultures and neighboring societies interact and change each other.

Instructors

The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR: Dr. Lewis Borck, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, New Mexico Highlands University (lborck@nmhu.edu

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

 

   


COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY FIELD SCHOOL at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois and Pinson Mounds in West Tennessee

Date: May 22 to July 14, 2023

To learn more, including application and financial aid information, click here 

Videos from recent CSU archaeological field schools can be found here and here

Our Archaeology Field School, which has operated since 1969, brings students each summer to sites in Colorado and beyond. The Summer 2023 session will take place in Illinois and Tennessee and offer opportunities to learn and apply archaeological field methods.

  • Seven-week field school focused on research at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois and Pinson Mounds in West Tennessee
  • Learn non-invasive survey techniques (e.g., geophysics), as well as excavation and sampling methods
  • Gain valuable training for careers in archaeology and cultural resource management
  • Earn credit for ANTH 260 (2 cr.) & ANTH 460/660 (6 cr.)
  • Financial Aid

    Anthropology and Geography Field School Scholarship

    The Department of Anthropology and Geography will provide modest financial support for Colorado State University undergraduate and graduate students to supportArchaeology, Ethnographic (not currently offered),Land Change Science (Geography), orPaleontologyField School endeavors. Funds shall be used to help cover necessary expenses associated with field school costs including tuition and supplies. Scholarships are made on a competitive basis.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

    1. be a full-timegraduateorundergraduatestudent enrolled in the Colorado State University College of Liberal Arts,
    2. have an overall and in major 3.0 GPA,
    3. be enrolled in one of the department’s field school courses (**see more details below)
    4. complete a 500-word essay describing the chosen program of study, your interest in the specific program, how the completion of the program will further your career goals, and how you expect to be affected by participation in such work.

    ** To enroll in field school courses, students must apply to an individual field school and then be accepted into the program and course. More information on the field schools are available on our website, including contact information for field school directors.

    Field school courses include:

      • Archaeology Field School: ANTH 260, ANTH 460/660 (summer course)
      • Ethnographic Field School for Risk and Disaster: ANTH 442 (Not Currently Offered)
      • Land Change Science Field School: GR 382A (summer course)
      • Paleontology Field School: ANTH 470 (summer course)

    To apply, click the button below and complete the form and upload your materials. Applications are due April 20 by 11:59 p.m. MST. A committee appointed by the Department of Anthropology and Geography Chair shall select the recipient(s). Applicants will be informed of the selection by April 30.

Field Course Instructor

 

 

 


CENTER FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY (CAA) ADULT FIELD SCHOOL (KAMPSVILLE, ILLINOIS)

Date: Adult Field School July 9 to August 5, 2023

Program website: https://www.caa-archeology.org/programs/adult-field-school-summer/

Our Adult Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Undergraduates, graduate students, and adults of all ages are welcome! Join our field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. With our staff, you will learn how to do fieldwork, laboratory work, identify artifacts, and more as we investigate the German site.

The German Site is a Late Woodland / Jersey Bluff Phase habitation site located on a colluvial slope in the Crawford Creek valley. The site was occupied approximately 800-1200 CE. Remote sensing results indicate several possible structures and associated features. Since 2019, we have identified three house basins and several associated storage and refuse pits. Field school students and CAA archaeologists have recovered domestic artifacts, including chert tools, pottery, animal bone, and botanical remains during the 2019-2022 field seasons. In 2023 we will continue to excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand Late Woodland people of the Lower Illinois Valley.

Program

Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older. You may enroll for 1-4 weeks. Enrolled weeks need not be consecutive.

  • Week 1: July 9-15, 2023
  • Week 2: July 16-22, 2023
  • Week 3: July 23-29, 2023
  • Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2023

While in Kampsville, participants engage in field and laboratory work with CAA archaeologists. Students learn excavation techniques, including shoveling, troweling, mapping, measuring, soil description, and flotation sampling. Lab work includes artifact washing, identification, and flotation. These activities are supplemented by occasional evening lectures on by CAA archaeologists and guest archaeologists on various archaeological topics. The day usually begins at 7 am with breakfast and ends by 9 pm.

Please see the 2023 Adult Field School  Schedule and Gear List for program details.

   

Students should arrive on the Sunday and depart the Saturday after their program ends.

The CAA can provide shuttle service to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station for an additional cost.

Scholarship support for women is available through our Women in Archeology Scholarship program.

Scholarships are also available to all through our Kampsville Legacy Scholarship program.

How to Enroll

Download, complete, and return the 2023 Summer Adult Field School Application.

Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation by email, a packet of additional information, and instructions for payment. Either full payment or a 30% deposit will secure your spot in the program.

If you have not received confirmation, we have not received your application!

Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students per week. Those applying after enrollment capacity is reached will be added to the waiting list in the order of receipt of a complete application.

Program Credit

This program does not carry academic credit; however, we will work with you if you petition your university/college for credit. We can supply supporting documentation and evaluation of your participation. Many of our previous students have earned credit for their participation.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316.


CENTER FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY (CAA) ADVANCED FIELD SCHOOLS in BIOARCHAEOLOGY and HUMAN OSTEOLOGY, and FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY (KAMPSVILLE, ILLINOIS)

Date: June 11 to July 22, 2023  We are currently updating the site for the 2023 programs. You can apply as soon as 2023 application formsare posted.

Program website: https://www.caa-archeology.org/programs/advanced-field-school/

Program

The CAA’s Advanced Field School is a six-week program for students ready for an immersive, experience in Bioarchaeology or Field Archaeology in the Lower Illinois Valley. This year, we are offering two credit options for Advanced Field School. Students may apply for credits through Illinois State University or they may apply directly to the CAA. Details on how to apply for each program are below. The application for ISU credits will open in February 2023.

Bioarchaeology & Human Osteology

TheBioarchaeology and Human Osteologytrack enables students to work first-hand with skeletal remains in an intensive 6-week immersion course. An important aspect of this class involves learning about skeletal analysis in a problem-oriented context that is suitable for students interested in a variety of subjects: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, medical and dental science or skeletal biology. The course is offered at 3 different levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), each tailored to the student’s prior experience with relevant subject matter. This class allows students an exciting opportunity to study osteology, as well as to learn about the archaeology of North America. Visits to regional archaeological sites and research centers supplement the program, as do a series of lectures from archaeologists working around the globe. Students will attend daily lectures given by Dr. Jane Buikstra covering topics such as skeletal anatomy; osteological techniques for estimating age and sex; paleopathology; and genetic relatedness, among others. In addition to lectures, students will have access to skeletal study collections that facilitate learning about skeletal anatomy, analytical methods and engaging in independent research. Well-trained and knowledgeable teaching assistants also enhance the classroom and laboratory experiences.

Students in the Bioarchaeology & Human Osteology track donotparticipate in fieldwork.

Field Archaeology & Geophysical Survey

TheField Archaeology and Geophysical Testingtrack offers a unique, intensive archaeological experience for undergraduate and graduate students of all skill levels. Stationed at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, students gain experience in field and laboratory methods, theory and research design while engaging in problem-oriented research at the German site (11C377), a Late Woodland (ca 800-1200 CE) Jersey Bluff habitation site. Students work closely with professional archaeologists from a variety of backgrounds and institutions to help them master techniques and strategies for successful archaeological field and lab work in a variety of contexts. Field Methods students gain hands-on experience in geophysical testing, total station use, excavation and laboratory methods, including mapping, soil description, artifact and debris processing, water flotation collection and processing and curation. Practical experiences are supplemented by reading assignments and lectures by field school staff and guest lecturers.

    • Advanced FS 2023 Program Schedule
    • General Gear List
    • Bioarchaeology/Osteology Gear List
    • Field Archaeology/Geophysical Survey Gear List
    • Tuition includes room, all meals Monday-Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, supplies, and instruction.
      • CAA-ISU Option:TBD
      • Non-Credit Option:$4200

      Accommodations

      Students reside in Kamp Dorm, which is located above the CAA’s museum in the historic Kamp Store. Kamp Dorm includes beds, showers, restrooms, as well as a shared microwave and refrigerator. You must bring your own bedding. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the Illinois Youth Camp Act’s criteria.

      Program Schedule & Gear Lists

How to Enroll

Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older. There are two enrollment options for the Advanced Field School.

College Credit Option through Illinois State University

Those who wish to enroll for university credit may apply for credits through Illinois State University. This program is run as a joint CAA-ISU program. The schedule, requirements, and program are the same as the non-credit option.

In order to earn ISU credits, youmustapply using their application process. A link for the the CAA-ISU application will be available in February 2023.Do not use the Non-Credit Option instructions if you want to apply for ISU credits.

Non-Credit Option

This option is for those who wish to attend but do not need or wish to earn academic credit. This program does not carry academic credit; however, we will work with you if you are interested in petitioning your university/college for credit. We can supply supporting documentation and evaluation of your participation. Many of our previous students have earned credit for their participation.

The following material should besubmitted to the CAAno later than May 15:

Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation by email, a packet of additional information, and instructions for payment. Either full payment or a 30% deposit will secure your spot in the program. Payment processing occurs upon acceptance into the program.

If you have not received confirmation, we have not received your application!

CAA Office 156 N. Broadway, Kampsville, IL 62053


APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY FOR CAREERS IN CRM (CULTURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT) (Kampsville, Illinois)

Dates: May 8 to June 4, 2023    Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.archaeological.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Syllabus-US-IL-CAA-2023-Session-II.pdf

DIRECTOR:  Dr. Jason L. King – Executive Director, Center for American Archeology (jking@caa-archeology.org)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program is a four-week, intensive field school experience designed to provide students with jobready skills to enter the workforce as archaeological field technicians at the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) industry. Students will learn key skills necessary for CRM jobs, including survey, surface collection, shovel testing, excavation, laboratory techniques, relevant laws, and reporting. Students will learn the entire process of CRM practices, from data collection to data reporting and mitigation. Practical field and laboratory activities are supplemented by relevant readings and formal lectures.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The objective of this program is to prepare students to enter the archaeological workforce in field technician positions in public and private CRM crews. This objective is accomplished by providing students with (1) practical experience in field and laboratory methods necessary for detecting and documenting archaeological sites, (2) instruction in the legal and consultation requirements of cultural resource management, and (3) experience in reporting of archaeological fieldwork. Students will engage in surface survey, shovel testing, and excavation at archaeological sites in the Lower Illinois River valley, documenting their fieldwork in preparation for interpretation and reporting. Students also participate in the cleaning, tabulation, and curation of archaeological material collected during their field experiences.


EVERGREEN PLANTATION ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL (Edgard, LOUISIANA)

  • Click herefor the project website    Clickherefor general information about Evergreen Plantation

    Course Dates: May 14– June 17, 2023    Enrollment Status: Open

    Overview

    Evergreen Plantation Archaeological Field School (EPAFS) is a unique and interdisciplinary field school located on the most intact plantation in the Southeast United States. Situated in Edgard, Louisiana, EPAFS gives students the opportunity to learn how to interpret the material culture found at the “trowel’s edge” through supporting coursework in archaeological field methods, African American history, and the Literatures of the Afro-Gulf South. 

    Historical records provide a limited retelling of plantation lifeways during the 18thand 19thcenturies. Archaeology, on the other hand, employs the study of material culture to describe life for the enslaved Africans, free people of color, Creoles, and enslavers whose identities and histories interacted on Evergreen. Students will interpret ground penetrating radar (GPR) data and will work with faculty and graduate students in the excavation of anomalies located in the spaces surrounding the 22, original slavecabins on Evergreen. Subsurface testing and excavation will add to our rudimentary understanding of the kinds of activities that took place on Evergreen Plantation.

    While archaeology strives to uncover a detailed history of plantation life, students will also be introduced to music, foodways, literature, oral histories, local community organizers, field trips, and expert guests to fully understand how residents lived and worked along Louisiana’s German Coast from 1800 to 1950. 

     This multi-disciplinary approach to teaching the history and culture of this sugar-producing region will provide students with the tools necessary to interpret excavations and material culture while in the field and while excavating.

    The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.


ETZANOA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, Arkansas City, Kansas

Dates: June 5 to June 30, 2023

Project website: https://www.wichita.edu/academics/fairmount_college_of_liberal_arts_and_sciences/anthropology/archaeology/etzanoa_field-school.php

Project video: https://youtu.be/ban8Gn5fpPg

Overview: 

Located near the mouth of the Walnut River at Arkansas City, Etzanoa is a protohistoric Wichita town that contained about 20,000 residents in 1601. As part of the province of Quivira,Eyewitness accounts can be accessed hereandrecent published work can be accessed here. This year we will have two main activities. One is ground-truthing selected features detected by the NPS Remote Sensing Workshop, which will be held in the last week of May. The other is to continue excavating a cluster of features that reflect a work area associated with a cluster of houses. Old storage pits used for trash disposal have yielded numerous artifacts. This year, we will have access to a miniature, high-frequency G round Penetrating Radar unit for use within squares. We will use a top-of-the-line laser scanner to map all of the items found to create a 3-D model of the items actually found to compare to the GPR results. This site is an active research locale with promise to answer questions about ancestral Wichita lifeways and exchange systems right before and during early European colonization. Students will gain the basic skills necessary to excavate archaeological sites and for employment in cultural resource management fields.

 Etzanoa excavation

Etzanoa yields pottery, finely crafted chipped and ground stone artifacts, bone tools, and faunal remains. Students will learn how to handle them, including specimens selected for microfossil and other residue analysis. We occasionally find Spanich artifacts as well, in enough quantity to suggest that they derive from the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Etzanoa is the focus of a major public archaeology project that involves a local conservancy, the town, a local community college, the local school district, Wichita State University, and of course the Wichita Tribe. As a result, and students will participate in a public event at the end of the season. As a result of good local relationships, we have access to some portions of the site that are on private property, and we may have access to a swimming pool this summer. Students can have a single room in the college dorm, with private shower, for $10 a night.

Logistics

The Field School will run fromMonday, June 5th through Friday, June 30th, 2023. Students should plan to be in Arkansas City, Kansas, by at noon for orientation. Students will be housed in single-occupancy dormitories on the Cowley Community College campus. Transportation to/from the site will be provided and we can arrange for airport pick-up from Wichita for students travelling from out-of-state.

etzanoa screening

Costs

Students are required to register for field school under ANTH690 under Dr. Blakeslee for 4 credit hours.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (Resident): ~$1,200

GraduateTuition & Fees (Resident): ~$1,520

Room & Board:~$700

Excavation equipment is provided. Rooms are provided over the weekend. Meals are provided from Monday breakfast to Friday lunch. Students have free weekends and many go to Wichita on Friday evenings.

*Do note that these are in-state estimates. Many neighboring states and states along the I-35 corridor are considered in-state and have reduced tuition, but check your exact rateshere. Field school costs are subject to change.

etzanoa map

To Apply

Fill out an application here. Review of applications will be begin afterMonday, January 27th, after which all applicants will be emailed for further information. Registration will be filled by priority first to WSU students by seniority and then first-come first-serve to guest students. Accepted students will have until April 15 to register for the course, at which time we will open for students on the waitlist.

Non-WSU students will have to be accepted to either the College of Liberal Arts (undergraduate) or the Graduate School (graduate) prior to registration. We will walk you through the process of registration once you have been accepted into the field school. Only the first20 studentsto confirm registration will be admitted. This application link works for both the Etzanoa and Boxed Springs Archaeological Field Schools.


18th and 19th Century River Town Archaeological Field School at the Newport Site,  Pennsylvania

Dates: May 15 to June 23, 2023   Application deadline: April 1, 2023

Project website: https://www.iup.edu/anthropology/research/newport-site.html

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering two concurrent historical archaeology field schools at the site of Newport (36IN188), Pennsylvania. This field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Trench 1 ExcavationNewport, located near Blairsville, Pennsylvania, was founded circa 1790 and served as an important river town until the early nineteenth century. The town included several businesses, a hotel, a post office, and a wharf. The site is now completely abandoned. This year’s archaeological investigations will include shovel test pits, excavation units, geophysics, metal detecting, photogrammetry, and artifact analysis to identify the site boundaries specific structures. Students will be exposed to both traditional and high-tech techniques with the goal of preparing them for cultural resource management and academic careers.

ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits)

An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. Required for all Archaeology Track students or graduate students without significant field experience.

ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (4 credits)

Test Unit ExcavationAdvanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.

Cost: Variable depending on credits and undergrad or grad level. The cost can be estimated using theSummer Tuition website. Housing may be available through theIUP Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Diningor can be obtained individually.

Registration: Visit theSummer Sessions website.

For additional information, contact Professor Ben Ford atben.ford@iup.edu.

Previous Research at the Newport Village Site

Trench 2Newport is important for several reasons. It was an early trade hub in western Pennsylvania connecting the Frankstown Road to the Conemaugh River. The Frankstown Road ran east to the Juniata River, providing a link to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, while the Conemaugh River eventually joins the Allegheny River flowing past Pittsburgh and into the Ohio River. Sitting at the juncture of the Frankstown Road and the Conemaugh River, Newport helped connect the eastern and western United States and facilitated the movement of people, materials, and goods to, from, and through what was then the frontier. As other transportation routes developed, including roads, canals, and railroads, Newport was left behind and eventually abandoned. Its short occupation at a pivotal time in western expansion, makes it an excellent site to investigate life, commerce, and industry on the American frontier.

The 2019 field school at Newport made significant discoveries about the village’s layout. The archaeologists identified two roads through the village, one paved with cobbles and the other banking down the slope to a now-submerged natural stone wharf. Through test pits and excavation units, the students also identified the footprint of the store and post office building near the center of the site. The two roads and the store/post office location allow us to link historic descriptions of the town to the modern landscape. The store also produced a significant number of artifacts, including ceramics, glass, and animal bones, that show the linkages between Newport, the surrounding areas, and trade networks that stretched to the eastern United States and Britain. The field school also contributed to our understanding of how Newport served as interface between overland and river traffic by identifying what appears to be the foundation for chutes used to load iron ore from wagons onto boats. Finally, the excavations uncovered evidence of long-term occupations at the site with pre-Contact stone tools and chipping debris revered from throughout the site.

In 2021 we investigated three buildings: the hotel, the store, and a possible house. All three produced a large number of artifacts that told us much about food, life, and leisure on the Pennsylvania frontier. We were also impressed by the substantial foundations of the buildings—the people of Newport clearly believed their town would last. We were also able to identify several additional structures through ground-penetrating radar (GPR).

In 2023 we will begin excavating the structures identified with the GPR and do additional GPR and shovel test surveys to define the extent of the town center. We will also continue to excavate the hotel to better understand its role in the community.


Indigenous Collaboration, First Foods, & Cultural Resource Management at Indian Creek (northeast Washington State): Washington State University Field School

Dates: May 22-June 16, 2023  (Priority Application Deadline: March 1st, 2023)

Project website https://labs.wsu.edu/tushingham-lab/field-school/

Click here for a copy of the field school flyer https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/862/2023/01/2023-Field-School-Flyer.pdf

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Washington State University, and Far Western Anthropological Group are collaborating to offer a field school in northeastern WA along the ancestral homelands of the Kalispel people (known today as Usk, Washington USA). This field school will have a strong focus on cultural resource management, tribal-led research, and Indigenous archaeology. As our research questions are driven by food security and sovereignty, there will be a strong archaeobotany and ethnobotany component. The field school runs from May 22-June 16. It’s a beautiful location on the edge of the northern Rocky Mountains and we will be camping, though we will have showers, facilities, kitchen access, cell service, and wifi!

For more info please see the attached flyer or visit https://labs.wsu.edu/tushingham-lab/field-school/. And please email myself (molly.carney@wsu.edu), Mario Zimmerman (mario.zimmermann@wsu.edu), or Cassady Fairlane (cassady.fairlane@wsu.edu) if you have any questions. Applications are due March 1 though it doesn’t cost anything to apply!

Located in the homelands of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Pend Oreille County, Washington State, and made possible through a unique partnership between the Kalispel Tribe of Indians,  the Washington State University Department of Anthropology, and Far Western Anthropological Research Group.

THIS SUMMER, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Participate in research documenting Kalispel indigenous food systems at the Indian Creek site through the excavation of numerous earth ovens at an ancestral site occupied for at least 5000 years.
  • Earn career-building experience from a team of experts, including Professors, Professionals, and Instructors from academic, tribal, and cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology.
  • Develop skills in ethical collaboration with Indigenous communities in research and practice.
  • Learn the fundamentals of excavation, survey, and site recording, as well as artifact analysis, lab methods, and public education skills.
  • Explore the history and culture of interior Salish-speaking peoples and the Kalispel Tribe.
  • Gain insights into contemporary Tribes and programs addressing language revitalization, food sovereignty, health, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and restoration of local natural and cultural resources.
  • Become versed in CRM techniques essential to careers in professional archaeology and academic and tribal research.
  • Take field trips to sites and culturally and geographically significant areas, make new friends, and make memories to last a lifetime!

ABOUT THE WSU ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL

The 2023 Washington State University (WSU) archaeological field school is a collaborative project developed with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. The field school will take place in scenic Pend Oreille County, northeastern Washington state, near the town of Newport, Washington. This summer, we are honored to be hosted by the Kalispel Tribe on their property at the Indian Creek Community Forest.  As detailed in a recent feature by Sustainable Northwest, the Forest is a very special place that is a center of education and recreation, as well as a center point for the Tribe’s environmental management and ecological restoration efforts.

The 2023 field school is designed to prepare students for the evolving professional, academic, and compliance landscapes of archaeology. It provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a research project investigating indigenous food systems while learning first-hand skills from a team of leaders in academic, Tribal, and cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology.

With a curriculum developed and taught in partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Far Western Anthropological Research Group, the knowledge and skills students will gain will help them prepare for a variety of futures, including graduate school, work with Tribes and collaborative programs, and careers in the ever-expanding field of CRM (e.g., see Altschul and Klein 2022, “Forecast for the US CRM Industry and Job Market, 2022-2031“).

In addition to teaching students fundamental field and lab skills essential to diverse careers in archaeology, the field school will be a lot of fun! We will work hard in the field and lab, but also visit cultural sites, engage in lively discussions, participate in public outreach programs, and learn from Tribal experts about the Kalispel Tribe and their history.

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AT INDIAN CREEK

The field school is located in rural Pend Oreille County-part of the homelands of the Salish-speaking Kalispel. This is an environmentally, culturally, and historically rich region, with much to explore and learn. In addition to learning about Tribal history and culture, students will help to document Kalispel land use and foodways at the Indian Creek site through the excavation of numerous earth oven features. Initial radiocarbon dating of cores at these features suggests the site was used over a span of 5000 years.

Artifacts collected in the field will be analyzed in the project lab near our campsite, and a major focus will be on recovering clues about culinary traditions and diet through ethnobotany, flotation, and other analyses, which will help students to better understand cultural sequences, analyze material culture in detail, and learn about artifact curation and preservation. Field trips along with visits from experts in the field of archaeology and other guests will help to enhance student appreciation and understanding of the region’s expansive natural and cultural history.

The Indian Creek project provides an exciting and rare opportunity to conduct cutting-edge scientific research and apply modern analytical techniques in a collaborative research context. Our emphasis is to develop a collaborative research model, that incorporates Tribal values and needs, while also training students (to work for and with Tribes, to better understand the context of their work). 

The field school is bound by three prevailing themes: 1) emphasizing “decolonized” approaches to archaeological method and theory that promote ethical collaboration with descendant communities; 2) exploring questions about historical ecology, “first foods”, diet, health, food sovereignty, and family decision making and cooperation through an archaeological understanding of earth oven technologies and traditions, landscape use and Traditional Ecological Knowledge; and 3) training students in CRM policies and practice, which is not only necessary for a career in archaeology in countries like the US, but is directly applicable to other heritage and resource management professions, both nationally and internationally.

APPLICATIONS

If you are interested in joining the field school, please fill out an application (available here as a fillable PDF) and submit it to Cassady Fairlane at cassady.fairlane@wsu.edu. The priority deadline is March 1st, 2023, but applications will continue to be accepted until the field school is filled.

COST AND REGISTRATION

Field school students are required to enroll in 6 credits of Archaeological Field School through the Pullman campus: ANTH 399 (undergraduates) or ANTH 599 (graduates) for the Summer 2022 semester. The 2023 summer session tuition and fee can be found here. Course costs include tuition (undergraduate tuition is $563.35 per credit or $3380.10/ 6 credits; graduate tuition is $646.25 per credit or $3877.50). In addition, there is a $543 fee that will defray camping and food expenses.

To be considered for the field school, you must complete and submit the application form (see link and instructions above). We will send you registration and deposit information upon acceptance into the field school. Please remember that the priority deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2023. Applications submitted after March 1st will be considered only if space is available. You will be asked to provide a $500 deposit (due April 15) to secure your spot in the field school.

INSTRUCTORS AND PROJECT TEAM

Students sign up for the field school under Professor Shannon Tushingham, but they will also learn from a team of professionals with diverse experience in academic, Tribal, and CRM archaeology!

Shannon Tushingham, PhD, RPA, (Project Principal Investigator/ Instructor), WSU Associate Professor, Director of the WSU Museum of Anthropology

Kevin Lyons, MA, RPA, (Tribal Liason/ Instructor), Cultural Resources Management Program Manager, Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Naomi Scher, MA, RPA, (Project Director, Geoarchaeology Lead), Geoarchaeologist, Far Western Anthropological Group

Molly Carney, PhD, (Ethnobotany Director), Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, WSU Adjunct Faculty

Cassady Fairlane, BA, (Lab Director/ Instructor), Curator and Collections Manager, WSU Museum of Anthropology

Mario Zimmermann, PhD, (Field Director/ Instructor), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Puget Sound, WSU Adjunct Faculty

William Hildebrandt, PhD, RPA, (CRM Advisor/Instructor), Founding Member, Far Western Anthropological Research Group


JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

https://www.nps.gov/Archeology/PUBLIC/faq.htm#volunteering

Many additional paid archaeology field staff, CRM, and historic preservation positions are listed here https://archaeologyfieldwork.com/


AUSTRIA

AGUNTUM ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL 2023

Dates: July 17 to August 5, 2023   For the 2023 Summer School, the maximum number of participants is 8 persons  Deadline: January 15, 2023

Project website: https://www.uibk.ac.at/archaeologien/institut/mitarbeiter/auer-martin/aguntum/index.html.en

Project flyer: https://www.archaeological.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Aguntum_FieldSchool-3.pdf

OVERVIEW

The Aguntum Summer School – Archaeological Field School offers students of classical and ancient study programmes to participate in the excavation of the Roman town of Aguntum, in courses on the history of the Eastern Alps as well as to join excursions to the most exciting find spots in the region.

The practical work at the excavation site includes the uncovering, description and measurement of archaeological findings, their recovery and initial careful cleaning as well as the further processing and interpretation of the materials and findings. Accompanying courses on the current discourse in field archaeological methods as well as on the broader historical framework of the excavation site in Roman and late ancient times (1st to 6th centuries AD) are offered.

The Excavation Site and the Excavation Project

The Municipium Claudium Aguntum received its town charter under Emperor Claudius. So far, the first traces of settlement in the town area being investigated date back to the beginning of the 1st century AD. In the context of receiving town ordinances and privileges, the town centre is further developed (forum, thermae) and a town wall is built. So far, however, there is only proof of it on the east side of the town and it appears to have been predominantly representative. The strong connection between the Roman Aguntum and the Mediterranean area is evident from the buildings known so far. In addition to the thermae, which can be traced back to Campanian examples, an atrium house based on Mediterranean models was also built in the 1st century AD. Since this type of construction had only limited suitability for the harsh climate of the Alpine area, first adaptations already took place one generation after its construction and more and more rooms in the building were equipped with heating. The geographical and economic proximity of Aguntum to the Mediterranean area is evident not only in the architecture, such as the circular macellum, but also in finds from the 1st century to late Antiquity which include many Mediterranean imports.

Alpine routes from the South to the North and the East to the West cross in Aguntum. Alpine resources such as mountain crystals were the basis of the town’s economy. During the excavations over the last few years, hundreds of rock crystals were found on the area of the forum, which prove the trade with this material. This raw material comes from the wider area of the town and after sorting and rough processing it was then used for trading.

Up until the 2nd century AD, the town achieved a certain level of prosperity, which was reflected in the brisk construction activity on the settlement area. After a major fire in the 3rd century AD, which according to the current state of knowledge cannot be associated with an act of war, a phase of change begins. The public buildings increasingly lose their function and are converted into living spaces and workshops. At the same time, especially in the 4th century, numerous renovations in private buildings were carried out, and with the construction of an extra muros church – a church outside of the town walls – at the same time, the strong influence of the Christian religion is now tangible. Aguntum remained a town until the 5th century AD at least, but it lost its importance. In the written tradition, Aguntum played an important role for the last time in 610 AD, when a decisive battle between Baiuwarii and Slavs for supremacy in the region is said to have taken place in the area around the town.

The ongoing excavations focus on the trade and administrative centre of the town. With our work in the trading forum and the adjoining administrative buildings, we hope to obtain further information on the economic basis of the imperial town, as well as on the transformation process of the settlement which started immediately after the fire.

Summer School Aguntum – Archaeological Field School

Topics

The Field School is divided into a theoretical and a practical part.

Theory (Lectures, Excursions, Practical Courses):

  • History and archaeology of Aguntum and the Eastern Alps in Roman Time and Late Antiquity
  • Archaeological methods: excavation methods, stratigraphy and surveying technology (drawing, tachymetry, photogrammetry, SfM 3D)
  • Conservation and restoration (buildings and small finds)
  • Dating and interpretation of Roman finds (main focus: ceramics)

Practice:

  • Archaeological excavation
  • Archaeological documentation (description of findings, stratigraphy, photography, surveying and mapping)
  • Processing of discovered material (salvage, cleaning, documentation)
  • Taking of sample materials for different questions (geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, scientific dating methods …)
  • Creation of an excavation report for the processed area

The Field School 2022 will work in the area of the trader forum. The participants will carry out all excavation and documentation steps in their excavation area under professional guidance.

Academic credit is offered through the University of Innsbruck

Aguntum Archaeological Field School registration information can be accessed here

To learn more click here

Contact: Martin Auer, Langer Weg 11, Innsbruck, Austria/Tirol 6020 Austria   Email: fieldschool-aguntum@uibk.ac.at

or Julia Jenewein, Division for Continuing Education, Karl-Schönherr-Str. 3, 6020 Innsbruck

 Tel.  +43 512 507–39402 Email weiterbildung@uibk.ac.at

   


THE BALKANS

BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL 

Date: Summer 2023 information about a wide variety of excavation and conservation projects can be found at https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program

Website: https://www.bhfieldschool.org/about/about-us

OVERVIEW

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS)is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation(BHF) intended for education in the field of archaeology and historic preservation and is targeted towards students and specialists, but also for anyone (18+) interested in cultural heritage study and preservation. BHF is а Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was established in 2008 by Ivan Vassilev, Nayden Prahov and Angela Pencheva with the mission of supporting the study, preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Southeastern Europe. In the period 2008 – 2019, BHF conducted and supported numerous projects related to archaeological research and excavations, conservation and recording of cultural monuments and artifacts, training and education in the field of cultural heritage, volunteer workcamps, exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, fundraising campaigns, and design of strategic plans for utilization of cultural heritage by municipalities.

BHFS first started in 2003 and resumed as the BHF program in 2008. It includes field school programs, taught in English, in four Balkan countries:Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegroandthe Republic of North Macedonia. All the field schools are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects: archaeological excavations, art historical expeditions, conservation of artifacts and monuments, thus contributing to the study and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Balkans. Since 2008, BHFS has implemented116 field school projects(with durations ranging from 1 to 8 weeks) attended byapprox. 2000 studentsfromover 60 countries* and involved a great number of academic and research institutions, museums, and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece, France, Montenegro and Japan.

The BHFS overall goal has been the development and enhancement of accessible practice-based education in the fields of archaeology and heritage conservation with an emphasis on Balkan cultural heritage. It aims to:

  1. supplement the academic education, volunteer training, and pre- and early career training through short-term practice-based field schools;
  2. encourage the involvement of students, scholars and volunteers in studies, preservation and promotion of Balkan cultural heritage;
  3. support research and conservation projects related to cultural heritage in SE Europe;
  4. promote and present Balkan cultural heritage worldwide;
  5. contribute to the sustainable development through utilization of cultural heritage for education and enhancement of cultural tourism in SE Europe; and
  6. foster the sensibilisation of local communities towards cultural heritage.

Each BHFS project combines 3 basic educational modules: theoretical (lectures, presentations and field training), practical (participation in excavations, lab work, conservation workshops, field trips) and excursions to attractive archaeological and cultural sites & behind-the-scene visits.

Currently there are three types of field school programs offered by BHFS:

  • Archaeological field schoolstake place at different excavation sites (including underwater) related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans, starting with the first Neolithic farmers in Europe and Europe’s first civilization in the Chalcolithic, followed by the Ancient Greek, Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Ottoman civilizations.
  • The emphasis in theworkshops on historic preservation/heritage conservationis on ancient Greek pottery, Roman pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings, historic metal, paper and textiles.
  • In addition, an expedition introduces students to Late and Post Medieval (Byzantine) ecclesiastical architecture and wall-paintings.

Since 2014, BHFS has offered a thematic combination of certain projects as BHFS project packsproviding more comprehensive educational opportunities, broader experience, extra excursions and tempting admission fee discounts.

Three universities award academic credits to students who participate in BHFS projects:New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Queen’s University, Canada and Connecticut College, through Institute for Field Research, USA. Participants who are not interested in academic credits are not expected to pay any tuition fee nor to take part in any activities related to academic curriculum (exams, academic reports etc.).

Our Mission

BHFS is not only a school but also a platform for solidarity in benefit of cultural heritage. Based on this, BHFS students, heritage specialists, partnering institutions and local communities interact and collaborate with each other benefiting as follows:

  • BHFS studentslearn from professionals while taking part in real ongoing cultural heritage projects, travel to many historical & archaeological sites in the Balkans, gain intercultural experience and new friends, establish contacts receive academic credits.
  • Heritage specialists (archaeologists, conservators, architects, art historians, etc.)and partner institutions (museums, research institutes, municipalities, NGOs, etc.) involved with BHFS receive additional funding & support for their work.
  • Local communities, where BHFS projects take place, obtain new income, seasonal jobs, new perspectives about the local heritage, and increased promotion of the local tourist potential worldwide.

Considering this, we are always happy to inform each participant in any of our projects that joining the BHFS s/he becomes not only a student, but also:

  • Volunteer in either a scientific research or a conservation-restoration project;
  • Sponsor of the local economic growth;
  • Benefactor to the local cultural heritage.

BELIZE

UNCW ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL AT AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE 2023

Date: May 21 to June 19, 2023 (thirty days total including two travel days). A four-day break is included in which you can relax on the island or explore the mainland.

Application deadline: January 29, 2023

Project website: click here

OVERVIEW

Learn all about archaeology by excavating at the ancient Maya site of San Pedro and earn 6 academic credits (ANT 311)

What is a Field School?

The archaeology field school in Belize is a 6-credit course – ANT 311 Field Methods in Archaeology.  The main objective of the course is to train students in all aspects of archaeological field methods, including surveying, excavation, recording, and preliminary laboratory work of processing and analysis of archaeological materials.

Where is Ambergris Caye, Belize?

Ambergris Caye is the largest and northernmost of all the offshore islands or cayes (pronounced ‘keys’) in Belize.  The small nation of Belize (formerly British Honduras) is located on the eastern or Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula, approximately 360 miles south of Cancun, Mexico.  The island is home to San Pedro Town, the only town on the island (seehttp://ambergriscaye.com) as well as approximately two dozen ancient Maya archaeological sites, one of which UNCW students will be investigating!  Ambergris Caye has been voted the ‘Best Island in the World’ by Trip Advisor for several years in a row.

Where will I be Staying in San Pedro?

The archaeological site we’ll be investigating is located on the grounds of Hostel la Vista, a newly renovated hostel situated in the heart of downtown San Pedro. We’ll be staying at the Sandbar Hostel on the beach (see https://sanpedrohostel.com/ ). Students will share dorm-style rooms with other students, and to keep down on costs some students will sleep in bunk beds.

What will the field school enable me to do?

1).  Use professional-standard excavation methods in the exposure and recovery of all cultural materials, including artifacts, soil and carbon samples, ecofacts, and human and non-human remains at the San Pedro site.

2).  Demonstrate how to properly record various kinds of field observations, including notes on soil morphology and the depositional characteristics of archaeological strata, features, burials, and structural remains as well as pertinent contextual information.

3).  Professionally process artifacts (clean, sort, count, and weigh by type) and record specific morphological and functional attributes of all classes of artifacts, including ceramics, bone, shell, lithics, metal, among others.

4). Enthusiastically and consistently engage with the general public by summarizing the archaeology students are conducting at the San Pedro site, including guests at the hostel as well as local Belizeans, government officials, and the news media.

What are the costs of the Field School?

Cost is approximately $4,500. The cost includes: in-state tuition for 6 academic credits, round trip airfare, program fees (mainly lodging, in-country transportation, etc), and meals.

How do I Apply for the Field School?

Go to: https://educationabroad.uncw.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10980 and click on ‘apply now’. The application looks like it might take a while to complete, but it’s not really too bad, and you can do it in stages. Just keep in mind the application deadline is January 29, 2023.  A $500 deposit is necessary to complete the application and reserve your spot in the 2023 archaeology field school in Belize.  Also,you will need to meet face to face with Dr. Scott Simmons before final acceptance in the 2023 archaeology field school.

Field School Director: Scott Simmons  Tel. 910.962.3429, Email: simmonss@uncw.edu

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Office of International Programs  601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403-5965    Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu
UNCW Study Abroad Website: https://educationabroad.uncw.edu

Contact Dr. Simmons at:simmonss@uncw.edu or 910.962.3429



RIO BRAVO ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, Belize

Date: contact the program at this link for details

Initial application materials can be found here, and a project video here

The Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey (RBAS) is a summer Maya archaeology field school that trains students in archaeological field methods within the context of a state-of-the-art research project. The program is situated in an unexplored, tropical rainforest in northern Belize, Central America, and can be taken for 3 or 6 college credits through the University of Texas at Austin.*

Non-credit volunteers are also welcome!

Students who are interested in joining us for the 2023 season should review the information provided, including the 2019 Info Sheet (or forthcoming 2023 sheet), and contact us via email or by submitting an application.

To sign up, please fill out an application.

*RBAS operates in Belize under a permit issued from the Institute of Archaeology to Dr. Fred Valdez, Director of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP). Academic credit from the Community College of Philadelphia is not available for the 2023 season.

OVERVIEW

The RBAS and the Field School have focused their energies over several seasons on the investigation of the remains of commoners, the “average” members of Maya Culture, who constituted 95% or more of this ancient civilization.  What has emerged from our investigations is a view of Maya commoners as living far more multifaceted lives than was previously believed.  Sophisticated placement of structures on the landscape, ingenious manipulation of water across our investigative site, as well as evidence for complex ceremonialism, are giving us insight into the complicated nature of the lives of these “everyday” people.  The evidence that is emerging from the site of Chawak But’o’ob (the current focus of investigations in our larger survey zone) are helping us see that the lifestyle of Maya commoners was very likely a complex and highly developed component of Classic Maya Civilization.

COMMONER ARCHAEOLOGY

The RBAS and the Field School have focused their energies over several seasons on the investigation of the remains of commoners, the “average” members of Maya Culture, who constituted 95% or more of this ancient civilization.  What has emerged from our investigations is a view of Maya commoners as living far more multifaceted lives than was previously believed.  Sophisticated placement of structures on the landscape, ingenious manipulation of water across our investigative site, as well as evidence for complex ceremonialism, are giving us insight into the complicated nature of the lives of these “everyday” people.  The evidence that is emerging from the site of Chawak But’o’ob (the current focus of investigations in our larger survey zone) are helping us see that the lifestyle of Maya commoners was very likely a complex and highly developed component of Classic Maya Civilization.

COMMONER CEREMONIALISM

One of the most important aspects of our research is the investigation of the ceremonial component of commoner lives.  The unexpectedly rich remains of ancient ritual at the site of Chawak But’o’ob include a stone household altar and possible ceremonial mask in one of the residential zones as well as a sweat house and ritual ballcourt, which were situated adjacent to caves, at least one of which was used for ceremonial purposes.  Ballcourts, which were typically situated at the center of ancient Mesoamerican cities were the focal points for ritual, politics, and religious belief.  Very few ballcourts have been found in commoner contexts.  For this reason, the two ballcourt structures and associated buildings at Chawak But’o’ob are a highly unusual building complex.  Remarkably, the ballcourt’s ritual sweat house, associated caves, and the ballcourt buildings themselves are set in a distinctive natural landscape and integrated with extensive land modifications and water control features.   This placement, among other things, suggests the Maya of this ancient community maintained a sophisticated understanding of the environment and system of religious beliefs.  Such sophistication runs counter to the traditional view of Maya commoners as following orders “from above” and not being active agents in their own lives.  Our investigations in large part this season will be an effort to decipher the meaning the ballcourt and caves, as well as this water-crossed landscape had to the inhabitants of this ancient site.

The Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey (RBAS) is a summer Maya archaeology field school that trains students in archaeological field methods within the context of a state-of-the-art research project. The program is situated in an unexplored, tropical rainforest in northern Belize, Central America, and can be taken for 3 or 6 college credits through the University of Texas at Austin.*

Non-credit volunteers are also welcome!

Project Director:

Dr. Stanley Walling (swallingccp@gmail.com or swalling@ccp.edu), 1700 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
Social Sciences Dept., Community College of Philadelphia
Tel. 215-751-8848

PROJECT STAFF

Stanley L. Walling, PhD., RPA
Project Director- Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey; Associate Director- Programme for Belize Regional Archaeology Project; Research Fellow- Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin; Associate Professor of Anthropology- Community College of Philadelphia.

Jonathan A. Hanna, PhD., RPA
Director of Residential Terrace Investigations, Website Coordinator; Previous RBAS Field Seasons: 2003-2007, 2013, 2015-16

Christine Taylor
Director of Ballcourt Investigations; Formerly senior staff on the Maax Na Archaeology Project; Previous RBAS Field Seasons: 2005-2007, 2010, 2012-2019

Chance Coughenour
Director of Mapping; Marie Curie Research Fellow, Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart, Germany; PhD. graduate student at University of Seville, Spain; Previous RBAS Field Seasons: 2007, 2010, 2012-2013

JN Stanley
Junior Staff, Previous RBAS field seasons: 2006-2007, 2010, 2012-2013, 2016-19

Carola Garcia Manzano
Junior Staff, Website Assistant; Previous RBAS field seasons: 2007, 2018

RESEARCH COLLABORATORS

James Brady– Cave Investigations, University of California at Los Angeles
CL Kieffer– Cave Investigations, PhD. Graduate Student, University of New Mexico
Nicholas Brokaw– Botanical Research, University of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sheila Ward– Botanical Research, University of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Timothy Beach– Soils and Hydrology Investigations, UT-Austin
Sheryl Luzzader-Beach– Soils and Hydrology Investigations, UT-Austin

RECOMMENDED LINKS:

The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP)

The umbrella project for RBAS, headed by Dr. Fred Valdez at the University of Texas at Austin

The Programme for Belize (PfB)

Organization that administers and protects the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA)


BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

DISEASE CONFINEMENT IN THE ADRIATIC: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Stanford University Archaeology Center)

Note for Summer 2023:

The Stanford Archaeology Center plans to offer the Bosnia and Herzegovina field school in Summer 2023, either in person or remotely. Based on potential Stanford travel restrictions, the Archaeology Center will be making a determination about whether our field schools will be conducted remotely or in person by early Spring quarter 2023.

The dates of this field school offering will be June 19 – July 15th, 2023.
Application deadline: March 3, 2023

Undergraduate Field School

This field school is led by Archaeology Center faculty member Krish Seetah. The summer 2023 fieldwork season will be held within close reach of medieval economic superpowers – Dubrovnik & Venice – that controlled the Adriatic Sea. The fieldwork will be undertaken at two sites, Milavići cemetery and Hatelji multiperiod burial ground, both with bioarchaeological evidence of disease, located on a former transportation route for slaves from central Bosnia to the coast.

In person: In the field, you will learn fundamental archaeological field research skills, such as tool and equipment handling, principles of archaeological excavation, proper recording of the layers and finds (in paper, photographic and digital form) and artifact managements (cataloguing, storing and preparation for analyses). The full extent of the excavations will incorporate the concepts and principles of landscape archaeology, using numerous well-established protocols: landscape digital technologies (geophysics, a series of GIS analyses, UAV rendered maps, 3D models of the tombstones), training in epigraphy, geomorphology, in human and animal osteology and the varieties of sampling for further micro-archaeological analyses.

Remote: The non-contact contingency plan for this project will involve students supporting our work to digitize a large and unique repository of burial archives. Students would help to transcribe this historical dataset – containing evidence of cause of death, age, place of death etc., – into a searchable database. This would allow us to correlate ecological conditions and demography with transmission profiles over ~100 years, which could then also form the basis for standalone student projects. 

In addition, students will support our team to produce 3-D models of the cemetery locations themselves, which are a rich cultural heritage. This will be based on existing digital imagery and drone aerial footage, which will then be used for virtual reality expositions (we have a VR expert as part of our team). Students may also work on a number of smaller sub-projects, including digitization of excavation documents, modeling of artifacts and human remains from within the graves themselves, and large-scale GIS mapping of our sites.

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

  • Archaeological record-keeping
  • Disease modeling
  • Archaeological excavation
  • Cultural exchange

Requirements for participation:

  • Students accepted to our field schools are required to participate in pre-departure meetings with the faculty leader of their program in the quarter prior to departure. Each field school has different pre-departure requirements that will be communicated by the faculty leader.
  • Upon their return to Stanford, the Archaeology Center requires that all field school students participate in SURPS (Symposia for Undergraduate Research and Public Service). Students from each field school are expected to work together to complete an application, prepare a poster, and present at the SURPS event the Friday of reunion-homecoming weekend.
  • Each of our field schools is part of an ongoing research project led by a Stanford faculty member. While in the field, undergraduates are expected to contribute to the team effort of the archaeological project at the faculty member’s direction. Field work can take the form of a number of different activities, from clearing undergrowth in preparation for excavation to laboratory analysis of archaeological samples. Each day’s activities can look different, and may change depending on the evolving direction of the research. Students participating in a field school should be prepared to be flexible and responsive to the instructions of the faculty member or other senior project staff.

Application information: 

  • This field school opportunity is open to all undergraduates except graduating seniors.
  • Undergraduates from all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • No prior knowledge of archaeology is required, although we prefer to support students who will pursue an archaeology-centered career. All necessary training will be provided while in the field.
  • Applicants will need an updated passport by the time of acceptance
  • Acceptance to the Bosnia and Herzegovina field school comes with funding for eligible expenses subject to the budget of the project. Housing, daily meals, and materials used on site will be fully covered by the project. The Archaeology Center will issue a stipend to students to purchase flights based on real costs of flights to and from their field site. Students will be informed of the stipend limit prior to booking. Per university policy, the Archaeology Center does not pay for personal travel outside the dates or locations of field schools. 
  • If the Bosnia and Herzegovina archaeology field school is run remotely, accepted students will receive stipends from VPUE. Stipend amounts will be determined by VPUE and communicated to students when they are accepted to the field school.
  • Students who plan to participate in an archaeology field school cannot receive a major grant or a Chappell-Lougee scholarship within the same academic year as their field school.
  • Note for Summer 2023: To be eligible, undergraduate students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their full-time grant funded project begins (summer quarter), and they must use their Flex Term during the full-time project opportunity. 

Learn more about generalfield school opportunitieswith the Stanford Archaeology Center.

Applications for 2023 will open in January and will close on March 3, 2023. Read more about the opportunity and Apply Here!

 


CANADA

University of Victoria TSAWOUT FIELD SCHOOL (Cordova Bay, Victoria, British Columbia)

UVic-Tsawout 2023 Archaeological Field School at ȾEL¸IȽĆE

Information session: Thursday January 19, 2023, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Cornett A319 or zoom.

Dates: June 28 to Aug 2, 2023

InstructorsDr. Brian Thom and co-instructor archaeologist Heather Pratt.

Credits: total of 3 credits

  • ANTH 343: Archaeological Field Techniques – 1.5 credits
  • ANTH 344: Regional Topics in Archaeology – 1.5 credits

UVic and Tsawout First Nation have partnered to run the 2023 summer archaeology fieldschool at the ancient village site of ȾEL¸IȽĆE in Cordova Bay. This will be the first research-focused archaeological project ever done at the original village site of the South Saanich Treaty (one of the Douglas Treaties). The collaboration will bring UVic undergraduate and graduate students together with youth and cultural workers from W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation communities.  The fieldschool will take place on lands held by the District of Saanich in the Cordova Bay area.

For more information on what, why, where and who please seethis document

Application formhere.

Fees: information coming January 2023

Non-UVic student applicants: please read this document which outlines the processes and costs associated with participating in this field school as a non-UVic student.

Important Dates:

  • February 15, 2023:Application deadline
  • June 28 to Aug 1, 2023: Field school dates

For potential funding and scholarship support seehere.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK BIOARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL AT THE FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG, CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA

Date: July 15 to August 12, 2023
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2023
Project website, with lots of details about the field school and the site of Fort Louisbourg and past bioarch research there: https://physanth.org/news/3138/ and https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/anthropology/research/bioarchaeology/index.html
OVERVIEW:

The only bioarchaeological field school of its kind in Canada

The Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site in Canada, boasts an impressive history that contributes to our understanding of life in Atlantic Canada during the 18th century.

Due to ongoing and imminent coastal erosion, this shared history is being lost at an alarming rate as archaeological material is being steadily destroyed.

Our research is designed to address ongoing erosional issues at the Fortress of Louisbourg by actively excavating and analyzing the individuals interred at Rochefort Point.

By rescuing these burials through a large scale, multi-year rescue excavation, there is a unique research opportunity to explore the lived experience of those who were part of the Louisbourg community while actively protecting their physical remains from certain destruction.

Partnership

A partnership was established in 2016 between UNB and Parks Canada to begin systematic excavation of Rochefort Point to protect the burials most at risk of coastal erosion. This partnership is significant in that both parties:

  • work together towards a common goal of protecting these burials
  • recognize this unique research opportunity to learn more about 18th-century life
  • place high value on the dissemination of knowledge
  • recognize the appeal of this work both locally and nationally

Preserve the past through a learning opportunity

As a reconstructed French colonial site, Parks Canada aims to bring the past to life at the Fortress of Louisbourg through its historical reenactments and focus on visitor experience through immersive programming.

This partnership supports these goals by preserving the past at the site through the rescue of these burials, but also creating exciting learning opportunities for the general public.

For UNB, the partnership enriches student experience and focuses on technical skill building, knowledge translation, ethics and research integrity.

As the only bioarchaeological field school of its kind in Canada, this program showcases UNB as an important contributor to the discipline and strives to become the primary training program for emerging bioarchaeological undergraduate and graduate students both nationally and internationally.

UNB’s Department of Anthropology, in partnership with Parks Canada, hosts the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada.

This field school allows participants to gain:

  • a hands-on field experience to complement undergraduate and graduate courses
  • critical bioarchaeological training in skeletal recovery, analysis and ethical handling practices
  • public engagement opportunities via social media and public outreach events

Application

July 15 – August 12, 2023

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm (AST).

Interested students will be required to submit:

  • an application form
  • a statement of intent
  • name and contact information of one reference
  • an unofficial transcript

We will be accepting 15 students for the 2023 field school. Applications will be adjudicated based on GPA, statement of intent, and a short interview completed with the Project Director. Preference will be given to those who have completed a human osteology or skeletal biology university-level course at the time of application; however, these types of courses are not considered prerequisites.

References will only be contacted if more information is needed to make a decision. In order to participate in the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All applicants will be notified via email regarding the status of their application by April 15, 2023.

Those not admitted to the program will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Diversity, inclusivity and harassment policy

The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School embraces diversity in its participants.

We commit to providing a welcoming and safe space for all participants regardless of sex, ethnicity, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, financial situation, religion, national origin, cultural background, pregnancy, parental or marital status.

The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School takes the safety and well-being of all participants and staff members seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, harassment or discriminatory behaviour of any kind.

In accordance with the UNB harassment policy, any behaviour that violates this code of conduct will result in dismissal from the field school program.

         

 


COLOMBIA

PIRATES AND PURITANS: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY & ETHNOGRAPHY ON OLD PROVIDENCE & SANTA CATALINA ISLANDS, COLOMBIA 

FIELD SEASON: June 24– July 19, 2023   Enrollment Status: Open

Full program details can be found here and the project syllabus can be found here

OVERVIEW

The islands of Old Providence and Santa Catalina have been a center of global trade and commerce since the establishment of the original English colony in 1629 and are still occupied by the descendants of the original settlers to this day. Puritan venture capitalists financed the primary colonization of Old Providence and Santa Catalina –whose founding members arrived on the Seaflower, sister ship to the Mayflower– one year after the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in what was to become the United States. From 1629-1630, colonists, under the direction of the Providence Island Company, constructed a town, New Westminster, and several forts; the largest, Fort Warwick, located on Santa Catalina Island. Around 1636, it became clear that the Islands would not have enough agricultural productivity to sustain the population, much less produce surplus. Thus, as an economic supplement, the London-based directors of the Providence Island Company approved the conduct of buccaneering against Spanish ships and mainland settlements.

Since 1629, the Islands’ have been episodically under the administration of England, Spain, English & French privateers, and Colombia; and served time as a base for the privateer Henry Morgan in the late 1600s and as a residence of Pablo Escobar in the 1980s. In addition to a colorful colonial and modern history, the Islands have had a compelling contemporary history. An airport, paved roads, and electricity did not arrive on the Islands until the 1980s, when the population was around 800 individuals. In a mere 30 years, the population has risen to around 5,800. The Islands have changed substantially in the very recent past not only spatially and materially, but also culturally, linguistically, economically, and environmentally due to marine life degradation (loss of flora and fauna), rising seas and changing weather patterns, and most recently, the devastating effects of hurricane Iota in November 2020.

The original (1629) Puritan settlements on the Islands –and subsequent population movement between the flat coastal areas and the mountainous interior over the past 393 years– is almost completely unknown archaeologically, though extensive oral and documentary records exist. A major goal of the research is to locate the original town of New Westminster, which is known to have had at least two brick buildings. Data collected during recent field seasons provided tantalizing clues to the location of these structures, but their exact locations remain unknown.

This project seeks to understand Old Providence and Santa Catalina as a unique cultural-historical and material biome…a community with ties to and reliance on variable international and sociopolitical market economies from the Colony’s inception in 1629 to today. The Islands’ social, economic, and material connections to the global world and between groups and individuals present in this discrete place forged a unique context and thus, associated behaviors, which can be observed in the documentary, oral, material, and spatial records. Therefore, by conferring with Native voices and applying archaeological and anthropological foundations, methods, and solutions, the project seeks to clarify the historical timeline of Old Providence and Santa Catalina and to elucidate localized strategies utilized by Raizal peoples to negotiate the complex relationships between and among variable stakeholders embedded within the colonial- and modern-industrial complexes.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR:Dr. Tracie Mayfield, University of Southern California (traciemayfield@me.com)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

 


COSTA RICA

THE GUANACASTE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT (GAP), Palo Verde National Park, COSTA RICA

[OUTDATED INFORMATION] Date: July 3 to August 6, 2022    Enrollment status: Open, Payment Deadline: April 15, 2022

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

   

The Guanacaste Archaeological Project (GAP) focuses on the Palo Verde National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, a protected Ramsar Wetland, wildlife refuge, and one of the last remaining tropical dry rainforests in the Neotropics. Situated near the mouth of the Tempisque River on the Gulf of Nicoya, the park features deep archaeological sequences dating from at least 800 BC to as late as the time of Spanish contact, with some of the earliest evidence for human activity in this culturally diverse region. This field school will begin with one week of lecture and study focusing on pre-Columbian culture at the University of Costa Rica in the capital city of San Jose in the Central Highlands (incorporating field trips to the city’s world-class museums), followed by four weeks of field survey, mapping, excavation, and laboratory training at Palo Verde. Here students will have the unique opportunity to intensively explore pre-Columbian cultural continuity and change across various archaeological contexts, potentially including open-air sites, shell mounds, caves, and developed community areas clustered within the park. Participants will assist the project in identifying and reconstructing the organization and function of individual sites, assessing community development (material culture, mortuary practices, seasonal mobility, foodways, and estuary resource exploitation strategies), and examining the relationship between sites across time in an unparalleled ecological setting.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS: 

Dr. Carrie Dennett, School of Arts & Culture, Red Deer Polytechnic (carrie.dennett@rdpolytech.ca) and Dr. Larry Steinbrenner, School of Arts & Culture, Red Deer Polytechnic (larry.steinbrenner@rdpolytech.ca)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)


CROATIA

THE LOBOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL & BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT, CROATIA

Date: June 18 to July 15, 2023   Enrollment Status: Open, Payment deadline: May 8, 2023

Full program details can be found here

Overview

Lobor is a sacred archaeological site that has been active since prehistoric times. It played an important role in Late Antiquity when various barbarian groups (Germanic and others) crossed the borders into the Western Roman Empire. In the period between the 4th and 7th centuries, settlements were relocated to hilltops so that they could provide better protection for the inhabitants and make visual communication between such elevated spots easier. At that time, a large early Christian basilica was built in Lobor. It was probably erected on the site of a former temple dedicated to Diana. After the early Christian church was destroyed, first a pre-Romanesque church and then a Romanesque church were built. These churches marked another important period in Lobor’s history, the Carolingian period. The remains of the only wooden church known so far in northwestern Croatia have been discovered at the site. The wooden church is likely to have served as a temporary shrine between the respective periods of activity of the pre-Romanesque church and the Romanesque church. Since the very beginnings, the Lobor site has been associated with female cults, first the goddess Diana and later the Virgin Mary. It has remained so until today.

The churches are surrounded by a cemetery with burials dating back to prehistoric times and up to the 19th century. Every year, research into one part of the cemetery is conducted. Students learn the process of determining the area of a burial, cleaning the skeletons in the soil, drawing, photography, dealing with in situ finds, removing and packing the bones, and laboratory analysis of skeletons. The Bioarchaeological School at Lobor began is 2016 as the Croatian Science Foundation project. The projects aims to reconstruct the profile of communities that lived in the area, from trauma analysis to DNA and facial reconstruction of individual skeletons.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS

Dr. Krešimir Filipec,Professor and Director of at the Department of Medieval Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia)  (kfilipec@ffzg.hr)

Ms. Jana Škrgulja, Assistant Professor at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) (jana.skrgulja@gmail.com, jskrgulj@ffzg.hr

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)


CURACAO

CURACAO ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2022

[Outdated information; awaiting 2023 update] Date: July 3 to August 5, 2022

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Program Overview
Located on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, this Environmental Archaeology Field School examines human-environment interactions from earliest Indigenous settlement to the present to reconstruct landscape histories and inform contemporary environmental issues in the region. Students receive practical training in the methods of environmental archaeology and paleoecology, working at pre-Columbian and colonial sites around Jan Thiel Lagoon and Rif Sint Marie, where historic plantations and an important bird conservation area are today found. Field instruction is complemented by practical lab experience, lectures, and field trips. This is a research driven project designed to provide students with experiential learning and the opportunity to contribute actively to archaeological and paleoecological knowledge.

Important notes:

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2022
An academic reference is required for the application.
This program is only open to undergraduate students.
Visiting undergraduate students from institutions other than SFU (Simon Fraser University) are welcome.
See application instructions here.Field School Director: Dr. Christina Giovas, cgiovas@sfu.ca>

Program Eligibility
If you do not meet one of the below eligibility requirements but are interested in participating, please contact the Field School Director (Dr. Christina Giovas, cgiovas@sfu.ca) to see if the requirement can be waived.

Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements

Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses
Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
SFU Students: Be in Good Academic Standing at the time of application
ARCH 372 and ARCH 434 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Preference will be given to Archaeology Majors who have taken ARCH 340 and/or ARCH 388 or equivalent, but others are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Students who have not previously taken ARCH 434 or who need additional credits may register to take ARCH 434 in the summer intersession immediately prior to the field school or may arrange to complete alternative course credit through the Department of Archaeology (ARCH 479 and ARCH 480 are commonly taken as substitutions).

Selection Criteria

• Priority to students needing required field school for Certificate in Cultural Resource Management
• Priority to Archaeology Majors
• Priority to SFU students
• Relevance of academic interests and experience to the field school program
• Academic standing

The Field School Selection Committee reserves the right to conduct intake interviews in addition to reviewing the completed application as part of the application process. The Field School Selection Committee for each Field School program will select qualified participants. Decisions are expected 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

How to apply as a non-SFU student

Qualified undergraduate students from institutions other than SFU are eligible to apply. Visiting students must arrange for transfer credit with their home institution, as well as for a transcript after completion.

You will need to complete an application to this program in addition to a Visiting Student Field School Application, which is embedded within the program application. Both applications must be complete and submitted by the application deadline for your Field School. See more information here.

     

 


DENMARK

VASAGARD ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT, Bornholm Island, Denmark

Dates: June 5 to June 30, 2023    Enrollment status: Open, Payment deadline: April 24, 2023

Full program syllabus can be found here

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Dr. Finn Ole Nielsen, BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark (fon@bornholmsmuseer.dk)
Dr. M. Nicolás Caretta, BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark (nc@bornholmsmuseum.dk) MSc.
Michael Thorsen, BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark (mst@bornholmsmuseum.dk) MSc.
Ditte Kofod, BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark (ditte.kofod@icloud.com)

OVERVIEW

Neolithic settlements are among the most frequent types of prehistoric sites. Yet few have been investigated in the Baltic region. Scholars have incomplete understanding of how Neolithic sites were built, how different parts functioned and what activities took place, or how circular structures (identified through timber post holes in a circular form) had developed. This project aims to investigate these issues at Vasagård, a settlement on the island of Bornholm (Denmark) that corresponds chronologically to the Neolithic period c. 3500-2700 BCE.

The Neolithic dwellings at Vasagård and cultural layers fall broadly into two periods: (1) Early Neolithic B/C to Late Funnel Beaker culture; and (2) Middle Neolithic A-V to Middle Neolithic B-I. The Vasagård Archaeological Project aims to seek more detailed answers to specific questions at the sites and from those, to extrapolate about cultural traditions at the Baltic and North European Neolithic Period. Our goal is not only to explore the richness of the archaeological materials found on Vasagård but also the type and history of interactions among different groups/farming communities in the Baltic, their technology, economy, religion, and social organization.

Vasagård is divided into two distinct sections: (a) Section West with a tomb system, where a dolmen and a passage grave are present and (b) Section East with a settlement system. It is important to note that the proximity of a causewayed enclosure, graves and settlement is unique to the period. During the 2007 excavations of the East and West Enclosures, it was determined that the grave system was replaced by a stockade. The East Enclosure enclosed an approximately 4-hectare area and West Enclosure, a somewhat larger with about 7 hectares area. On each side at least 6 palisades and 3 phases of construction can be detected. Inside and within the palisade fence there is a settlement with traces of burnt offerings – cereal, bones and flint tools. So far, no traces of the characteristic two-aisled longhouses were identified; however, traces of at least 9 circular timber circles were found, seven on the east and two in the West site, but there are certainly more.

During excavations in 2013-2018, nearly 300 broken and complete flat stones were recovered, engraved with patterns of radiating straight lines. Dubbed ‘sun stones’ or ‘solar stones’, archaeologists at the Bornholm Museum dated those to c. 2900 BCE. They suggested that these artifacts were part of rituals carried out by Neolithic sun-worshippers. Other engraved stones include symbolic maps of local landscapes, and these were possibly used in rituals by individuals who hoped to magically influence the sun and thus fertility of their farmlands. Our current working hypothesis is that Vasagård was established by a group of early farmers who constructed a fenced stronghold with one public building, possibly a temple. The ornamented wall of the temple can be compared with similar finds at the site of Schalkenburg in Sachsen-Anhalt (Germany), suggesting ritual use.

IFR students have been taking part in the excavation of two of the system graves and the causeways enclosure at Vasagård Vest. A special find from previous seasons was composed of an assemblage of seeds, “sunstones” and ceramics, that corresponds to the Funnel Beaker Culture in other parts of Denmark and overlaps in time with the Pitted Ware Culture and the Early Battle Axe Culture (Middle Neolithic A-V and Middle Neolithic B-I). During 2022 our interest focused on the completion of the excavation on Cultural Layer II (MN A III) and the new section opened at structure XIII.2; and the cultural layers (MN V) in the structure XXXV, where most of the sunstones have been found in Vasagård west. For the 2023 season, Vasagård field school students will participate in the excavation of the main sections of the Vasagård Vest enclosure. We want to understand the deposition process of the layers and the differences in content in contrast with other layers. It is also of interest to the project to understand the time span of the deposition process of each layer and recover all the archaeological material associated with this layer.

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

    

        


FRENCH POLYNESIA

Marquesas Islands Field School (French Polynesia)

Date: July 1 to July 29, 2023    Application deadline: March 31, 2023

Location: Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Project Website: http://www.afargo.org

Affiliation:
Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research

Project Director:
Barry Rolett, University of Hawai‘i and Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research

Overview:

Verdant forests, rugged peaks, and turquoise seas. The Marquesas are one of the best known yet least visited archipelagoes in the South Pacific. The Polynesian discovery of these stunningly beautiful islands around 800 years ago represents one of humanity’s momentous achievements; and that was only the beginning. By the time Captain Cook reached these shores in 1775, Marquesan chiefdoms were distinguished by their monumental architecture and a religious system in which important ceremonies demanded human sacrifices. Marquesan art is world-renowned and it has inspired generations of Western artists, including Paul Gauguin.

Beginning with Cook’s expedition, museums throughout Europe and America have sought out Marquesan art and artifacts. Yet while Western museums hold great numbers of these treasures, until recently there was no museum for the Marquesan people themselves. That is what inspired our 2023 Marquesas project and the Te Ana Peua Museum.

Te Ana Peua, the first community-based archaeology museum in French Polynesia, is in the heart of Vaitahu, the main village on Tahuata, one of the most remote and traditional islands in the Marquesas. On the coast of nearby Hanamiai Valley lies one of the richest and most extensively studied archaeological sites in Polynesia. Here, hidden beneath the roots of coconut palms, is a captivating record of daily life in the Marquesas dating back to initial Polynesian discovery around 1200-1300 AD.

AFAR’s long-running project Marquesas is a collaborative effort in which an international team of students works closely with members of the local community, under the direction of University of Hawai‘i archaeologist Prof. Barry Rolett. Through our excavations at Hanamiai, Te Ana Peua now has one of the best collections of Marquesan artifacts in the world. During this year’s project, we will collaborate with our local team (the same team engaged in the excavations) to design and mount new exhibits for the museum. We will also take on some outdoors projects (e.g. site survey) to vary our schedule and to give students a chance to work on some of the well-preserved monumental architecture for which the Marquesas is famous.

Period(s) of Occupation: East Polynesian Archaic to European contact period (ca. AD 1250–1880).

Notes:
Discover an ancient South Pacific culture. The Marquesas project is a four week archaeological field school experience on Tahuata, a remote Polynesian island with a rich history. Participants are fully immersed in a small community while working with Marquesans and living as the only foreigners on an island with no airport or hotels.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None, but French language ability is helpful.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Our headquarters are in the picturesque village of Vaitahu, on Tahuata (Gauguin lived and painted nearby on Hiva Oa). There are no hotels (just a grass-shack style restaurant for yachties and a local store stocked with cold drinks, etc.). There is also essentially no service economy. Our hosts are the 400 wonderful inhabitants of this unforgettable world. We’ll live just a short walk to the beach, in a rented house with modern kitchen and toilet facilities (albeit cold water showers scarcely a problem in this tropical climate). As the only outsiders in the village, participants are immersed in the local lifestyle. Cost: $5000 project fee plus airfare to Marquesas.

Contact Information:

Prof. Barry V. Rolett rolett@hawaii.edu, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96822  https://anthropology.manoa.hawaii.edu/barry-rolett/

             


GEORGIA

DMANISI PALEOANTHROPOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL

[Note: outdated information, awaiting 2023 update] Date: July 18 to 12 August 2022

Project website: https://www.dmanisi.ge/page?id=15&lang=en

OVERVIEW

HISTORY OF DISCOVERY

Dmanisi is located in the Caucasus in the Republic of Georgia, 85 km southwest of Tbilisi.

The early Paleolithic site of Dmanisi was discovered in 1983, beneath the deserted medieval town of Dmanisi. During middle ages, Dmanisi was one of the prominent cities of the day, located along the Silk Road.

The excavations of the ruins of the medieval dwelling started in 1936, but later in 1983 archeologists found animal fossils in sediments exposed by the medieval cellars, among which Paleontologist Prof. A.Vekua [fig. to the right] identified a tooth of the rhinocerosStephanorhinus sp., a species that is typical for the Early Pleistocene age.  In 1984, first stone tools were discovered.

After seven years of excavations, in 1991 the international team discovered a fossil belonging to an early hominin. It was a very well preserved mandible [fig. below] with full set of teeth, dated to ca. 1.7 million years. This mandible was found together with stone tools and numerous fossils of extinct animals. Later, in the summer of 1999, Dmanisi produced two more hominin remains – very primitive and small skulls of the same geological age. These important discoveries have rewritten the history of human evolution.

Excavations at the site have been ongoing since these important discoveries…

Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School (DPFS) is a four-week field course in paleoanthropology at the site of Dmanisi, Georgia. It starts in the middle of July and continues in August. DPFS is a combination of theoretical coursework and practical training. By the end of the course, students will choose a research project and prepare a final presentation.

The Field School is open to young scientists, archaeology and anthropology students and interested persons.

The school is held at the Dmanisi Paleolithic site (village of Patara Dmanisi, 80 km from Tbilisi, Dmanisi Region, East Georgia) and students are accommodated in the camp or village near the archaeological site.

The maximum number of field school students: 10. The decision will be e-mailed to applicants by the 20th of April of each year with the instructions of how to proceed with the next steps of application.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the program is 3000 USD per student and covers work materials, lodging and catering at the Field School site, transportation to and from the Airport and site, excursions, and Tbilisi housing covering one or two nights of stay in Tbilisi upon arrival and in anticipation of departure. The tuition fee does not include transportation costs to Georgia, although we will work with students to find as affordable air rates as possible.

We offer scholarships, which cover the tuition fees. We prioritize students from developing and low-income countries, but all applications are considered.

Admission Rules

Applicants should e-mail CV and application form to dmanisifieldschool@gmail.com. Applications will be selected by the Dmanisi Field School admission committee.

Applications

The applications for participation in the Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School are being accepted from December 1st annually, through April 15th. The maximum number of available places, 10. For participation, please fill in the application form and send it together with your CV or Resume.

 COVID-19 regulations will be applied 

Contact: Ann Margvelashvili  e-mail:dmanisifieldschool@gmail.com


GREECE

EXCAVATIONS IN THE ATHENIAN AGORA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SUMMER SEASON

Dates: June 12 to August 4, 2023

Deadline: December 16, 2022

OVERVIEW

ABOUT THE EXCAVATIONS

The American School of Classical Studies has been excavating in the area of the Athenian Agora since 1931, bringing to light the history of the area over a period of 5000 years. Finds range from scattered pieces of pottery of the late Neolithic period (ca. 3000 BC) to the contents of 19th and early 20th century basements. The Agora of the 5th and 4th centuries BC has been the main focus of attention. Scholars have identified the often scanty material remains on the basis of ancient references to the Agora as the center of civic activity of ancient Athens. Public documents inscribed on stone, weight and measure standards, and jurors’ identification tickets and ballots reflect the administrative nature of the site, while traces of private dwellings in the area immediately bordering the open square, with their household pottery and other small finds, throw light on the everyday lives of Athenian citizens.

After the initial phase of excavation, the area was landscaped and the Hellenistic Stoa of Attalos was rebuilt to serve as museum and workspace. The reconstruction, under the authority of the Department of Restorations of the Greek Ministry of Education, was paid for by American donors. Excavations at the Athenian Agora by the American School are ongoing.

The Athenian Agora Excavations and Study Center are funded by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, with major support from numerous foundations, institutions, and individuals. The work of excavating began in the 1930’s with the substantial support of John D. Rockefeller, who also funded the reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos (1953-1956) to serve as the site museum with storage facilities. In recent years the work has been supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Packard Humanities Institute. Other key supporters include the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Princeton University, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Randolph-Macon College, among others. Millions of dollars have been provided in support of the excavation, restoration, research, and publication of one of the most productive archaeological projects in the Mediterranean basin. In recent years the Packard Humanities Institute has also collaborated in a large project to digitize the vast collection of antiquities and archives stored in the Stoa of Attalos, a project supplemented by grants from the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens conducts a program for volunteers wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer.  Approximately thirty-five volunteers are chosen on the basis of academic qualifications and previous archaeological field experience.  Undergraduate applications are welcome, although priority is given to graduate students preparing for professional careers in classical archaeology and those willing to work the entire season.

To learn more, click here.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr


ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONSERVATION SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN THE ATHENIAN AGORA

Deadline: December 16, 2022

OVERVIEW

The Agora Excavations Conservation Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is offering two Archaeological Conservation Internships for the 2022 summer excavation season. The Conservation Laboratory functions as an integral part of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ Agora Excavations. Its aim is to support the excavations by providing services that contribute to the study and understanding of the site.

To learn more, click here

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr


EXCAVATING IN THE AEGEAN: THE DESPOTIKO FIELD SCHOOL (PAROS, ANTIPAROS)

Date: June 26, 2023 to July 23, 2023      Application Deadline: April 1, 2023

To learn more click here

Project video can be seen here

OVERVIEW

NOTE: “Excavating in the Aegean: The Despotiko Field School (Paros, Antiparos)” course starts on the island of Antiparos, Greece, and ends on the island of Paros, Greece. Students should make their travel arrangements accordingly.

This summer course offers students the unique opportunity to actively participate in the excavation of one of the most prominent sanctuaries of the Aegean, situated on the uninhabited islet of Despotiko, west of Antiparos, in the center of the Cyclades. Systematically excavated since 2001, this sanctuary -dedicated to Apollo-, proved to be almost as rich as the well-known sanctuary on the sacred island of Delos in its architectural development and its dedications.

While unveiling the history and the different phases of ritual activity at this important Cycladic sanctuary, the participants will be introduced to archaeological fieldwork methods and theory. In particular, the excavation will focus on the exploration of a number of edifices not only within the sacred precinct, but also outside of it. An oval or apsidal building of the 8th century B.C., which represents the earliest construction of the site up to date, presents special interest. The interpretation of its character and function is crucial for reconstructing the earliest ritual practices at the site. The sanctuary attracted numerous votive dedications of various types. This gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a variety of artifacts of different materials and types covering a wide chronological range extending from the Early Iron Age (9th-8th c. BC) to the Classical period.

Schedule

During the first three weeks of the course, students will reside in the village of Agios Georgios on Antiparos, from where they will be transported daily by a boat at the excavation site on Despotiko. During these weeks, they will study and experience the entire excavation procedure. They will be taught the basic methods of stratigraphical excavation, onsite documentation, recording and processing of the finds. The work at the site will be combined with a number of afternoon lectures and activities at the village, including the detailed documentation of daily activities at the site, the preparation of architectural plans and, more importantly, keeping the excavation diary.

Afternoon lectures will cover the theoretical issues concerning archaeological theory and methods; the various types of archaeological evidence with a focus on the material from Despotiko; ancient religious practices and rituals; the birth and development of Greek sanctuaries and, in particular, those in the Cyclades. The aim of these lectures is to enable students to fully comprehend the purpose of systematic excavation and to place the sanctuary and its material culture into its theoretical context.

The last week of the course will be spent on the island of Paros, where students will work in the storage rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Paros with material from the site. There, they will be trained at the detailed processing of the finds, mostly of pottery, figurines and other minor objects. They will therefore become acquainted with the process, which enables the detailed study, interpretation and publication of the excavated material. They will be taught archaeological drawing and photography, necessary tools for the study of the objects.

The work at the museum will be supplemented with afternoon classes, focusing on pottery and various clay finds. Students will be provided with necessary information on the main Greek pottery production centers, the clay, the shapes, uses and dissemination of Greek ceramics. The discussions will be adapted to the nature of the finds processed at the museum.

See Vimeo video for information on Despotiko: Despotiko Video
Go to article on the archaeological excavation on Despotiko: Dig sheds light on island sanctuary
For the latest update on Despotiko go to: Archaeologists wrap-up phase one

College Year in Athens

1035 Cambridge Street-Suite 21E, Cambridge, MA 02141
Director: Alexandra Alexandridou
Email: info@cyathens.org
Website: https://cyathens.org


EXCAVATIONS AT ARGILOS, Nea Kedylia, GREECE  (Field School and Volunteer)

Dates: May 29 to July 8, 2023   Application deadline: May 1, 2023 (encouraged to apply earlier)
4 week session: May 29 to June 24, 2023
6 week session: May 29 to July 8, 2023

Project application here

Summer 2023 program can be found here as a pdf file

Project Director:
Jacques Perreault, University of Montreal

Project Description:

Argilos is situated on the north Aegean Coast, four kilometres west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. Only the Acropolis remained occupied for another 100 years.

For the last 10 years, we have been excavating a unique complex of 4 major buildings: two commercial buildings, one consisting of 12 shops, the other of 10 shops, one building with workshops and one complex of 13 housing units.  The commercial buildings go back to the 6th century BC and are unique in Greece.

Our 2023 season we will be working in the following areas :

A- we will continue our study of the commercial sector of Argilos, excavating commercial building “P”,  and the large residential complex “Q”;

B- we will also be working at the Amphipolis museum to catalogue the finds uncovered during the excavations.

Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Philippi, Stagira…). An optional three day visit of the beautiful island of Thasos is also planned.

Only 30 to 40 students will be accepted for this  season, which will combine three components :
1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc.
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site (including architectural and stratigraphic drawing, working with electronic surveying instruments, etc.) and at the museum, cleaning and cataloguing of artefacts, profile drawing, documentation, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region and optional 3-day stay on the beautiful island of Thassos.

Join are international team and meet students from Greece, Canada, USA, Australia, France, England, etc.  !

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical periods (7th to 4th centuries BC)

Notes:
Argilos is situated on the Northern Coast of the Aegean sea, 4 kilometers west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. No need to speak French ! This is a multilingual excavation (all staff speak English, French and Greek) and students come from all around the world. Visit our website !

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 19

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta. Fee includes food (except on Sundays) and accommodation, and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but does not include travel to Greece or the 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thasos. See details on our website (www.argilos.net) Cost: 4 weeks session: $3900 CAD ($3200 USD) 6 weeks session: $4800 CAD ($3900 USD).

Academic Credit:
3 or 6 credits offered by Université de Montréal. Contact Prof Jacques Perreault for cost: Jacques.Y.Perreault@umontreal.ca.

Contact Information: Prof. Jacques Perreault, Centre d’études classiques, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville Montréal, Québec H3C 3J7 Canada

Jacques.Y.Perreault@umontreal.ca

Phone: 514-343-6111 #41339

 


THE MACEDONIAN ROYAL NECROPOLIS OF AIGAI, THE LAND OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT (Location: Vergina, Imathia, Greece)

Date:  July 31 to August 19, 2023

The full program for Summer 2023 can be found here

Project website: https://www.archaeospain.com/ancientmacedoniangreeksroyaltombs.html

OVERVIEW

The ancient city ofAigaiwas the first city and core of the Macedonian kingdom, the most significant Greek state in the North. The place where Alexander the Great was proclaimed king after Philip II, his father, was assassinated in the city’s theatre. Alexander started his campaign in Aigai to change the history of Greece and the world.  Far away from the typical tourists track around Athens and the islands, Aigai and the museum of the Royal Tombs is the most visited site in northern Greece, a monument of outstanding value world wide, it is in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996.

The list of the most important archaeological remains at Aigai is endless;  the Palace of Phillip II is the biggest, most elaborated and sophisticated building of Classical Greece, the theatre, the sanctuaries of Eukleia and the Mother of the Gods, the city walls, the royal necropolis, containing more than 500 tumuli,  the twelve monumental temple-shaped tombs, among them the tomb of Euridice, mother of Philip II and, over all, the unplundered tombs of  Philip II, father of Alexander the Great and Alexander IV. They provide the high pick of the ancient Greek art of late classical period (architecture, wall paintings, weaponry, jewellery, metal work, ivory sculpture)​. Discovered in 1977-8 they made a worldwide sensation. The quality of the tombs themselves and their grave-goods places Aigai among the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

 

The first excavations date to 1861, a Macedonian tomb was discovered east of the Palace by Leon Heuzey and Henry Daumet. In 1922 the village of Vergina is founded by Asia Minor Greek refugees on the northeast side of the palace, using the ancient ruins for construction. The excavations at the palace started again in 1937. Manolis Andronikos started to excavate in the cemetery of the tumuli area from 1949 to 1960. In 1976 the famous archaeologist started to excavate the great tumulus and discover the tomb of Philip II and all his treasure. The media named this discovery the finding of the century.

The royal  necropolis of Aigai spreads between the modern-day villages of Vergina and Palatitsia. Cover an area of almost 900 ha and h

a where more than 500 tumuli have been discovered, dated from the 11th to 2nd century BC. Among them, stand out  twelve monumental temple-shaped tombs, like the tomb of Euridice and the unlooted tombs of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The cemetery contains original and unique historical, artistic and aesthetic achievements of the late classical art of extraordinarily high quality and historical importance, such as the architectural form of the royal palace and the magnificent wall paintings of the so-called Macedonian tombs, as well as objects such as the ivory portrait and miniature art, metal, gold and silver work.
The structure of the area is marked by an ancient network of streets and paths that runs through low mounds (tumuli). These mounds often form small groups probably representing family or otherwise related burials. The Archaic necropolis of Aigai is located to the southwest of the Cemetery of the Tumuli.

The grave markers on the tumuli were plain stones. The finds unearthed in the Archaic cemetery of Aigai, namely clay pots and figurines imported from the big traffic and commercial centers of antiquity (Korinthos, Athinai, Ionian coasts, etc.) attest to the relationship of the Macedonian kingdom with the Mediterranean Sea and the East.

Cremation appears for the first time as a way of burying the eminent persons of the Archaic period. When the fire goes out, the bones are washed in wine, wrapped in a piece of cloth, collected in an urn and buried. The remains of the pyre, both holy and unclean, as is everything that comes in contact with the dead, are thrown onto the grave. Both the grave and the pyre are covered by the tumulus, as in the Iliad.In the 5th century, the practice of cremation spreads to women as well.

EXCAVATION:

The Tumulus 460

Two tumuli have been excavated in the immediate vicinity:  The Oblong tumulus  was the second largest tumulus of the cemetery. It covered three graves of the late classical period (350-
325 B.C.E.), delimited by intersecting circular stone built periboloi: two stone-built cist graves, containing an inhumation.

Tumulus 110 was characterized by a complex internal structure. In the context of the tumulus were excavated 10 graves, 5 partially disturbed pit graves of the 8th-7th B:C:E. and 5 graves of the late classical – early Hellenistic period. One of the cist graves was found unlooted, containhg clay and bronze banquet vessels and, gilded bronze wreaths etc.

Early Archaic period (1 000-600 B. C.E.).
The practice of single inhumation prevails, with a few cases of multigle burials. Usually the dead are places in simple pit, dug underground or in the fill of the tmuli. In 58 cases the dead were places in pithoi, usually at the periphery of the tumuli. In 22 cases a different practice was chosen, since the dead were buried and their cremated remains were placed in clay corntainers. 20/22 of these secondary cremations are dated in the 7th B.C.E.
Grave goods:
Clay vases. Most usual are the undecorated handmade or, less frequently, wheel-made vases. Smaller percentages represent the handmade vases with incised or painted decoration. A special category are the vases bearing protogeometric decoration, most usually cups with pendant semicircles.  Bronze, and less fiequently iron and gold dress ornaments (brooches, pins) and pieces of jewelry (hair ornaments, bracelets, rings etc.) as well as necklaces of stone, bone and glass beads. Bronze triple axes, found in female burials, possibly connected to some priestly office of the dead. ​Weapons, many iron knives and spearheads, arrowheads and some iran and bronze swords.

Late Classic – Hellenistic – early Roman period (middle 4th B.C.E. -1st A.D.)
A basic characteristic of the organization of the necropolis from the middle  of the 4th onwards is the widespread creation and using of burial tumuli. The largest over 30m length were created to cover monumental macedonian cist graves of Late Classical-Early Hellenistic periods. Small tumuli covering fewer or single graves of a simple form . Tumuli of this kind are created throughout the Hellenistic – early Roman period. To this category belong most of the small tumuli that were investigated in the 60’s during the constniction of the modern road.

 

 

 

Bibliography

Drougou S. Saatsoglou Ch., Vergina: Reading around the archaeological site. 2005.
Kottaridi, A. From Heracles to Alexander: Treasures from de Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy. Ashmolean Museum, 2011
Kottaridi, A.Macedonian Fragments. Ephorate of Antiquities of Imathia. Eurasia Ed. 2020
Pandermalis, D. Alexander the Great. Treasures from an epic era of Hellenism.
Roisman, J.; Worthington, I. A Companion to Ancient Macedonia. 2011

     


GREEK STUDIES ON SITE – SUMMER PROGRAM 2023 (STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITY)

Program Overview

Greek Studies on Site is a center for the study of Classical literature, philosophy, and culture. It offers 3-week intensive summer programs, which are open to students of Classics, Philosophy, History, and related disciplines, as well as adult learners with an interest in Ancient Greek culture.

Programs meet for 3 hours of instruction, 6 days a week. Courses are taught by Ph.D.s in Classics and Philosophy. Field study includes visits to all the major archaeological sites and museums in Athens, as well as day-trips to Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi, or the island of Aegina. The program also includes optional activities, such as traditional dance classes and local hikes. 

Illinois in Athens:

Greek Studies on Site has partnered with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to offer a semester-long study-abroad program.

The semester program is open to all UIUC students, who receive academic credit through their home institution for the classes they take in Athens. If you are a University of Illinois student interested in attending the Illinois in Athens program, please contact Kyle Schmude at kschmud2@illinois.edu.

Ancient Greek Mythology

June 12-July 2, 2023

Read some of the most important mythological narratives while immersed in their material and social context. This class surveys the central stories, gods, and heroes of Greek myth. We will study a variety of ancient literary and mythographical sources and interpret them in their cultural context. Many of the readings relate directly to the sites that we will visit. 

View the complete syllabus.

Ancient Greek Philosophy in Context

June 12-July 2, 2023

Walk in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics!  This course introduces students to the foundational texts of Western philosophy and to the socio-political contexts in which they were written. Through visits to archeological sites and museums, students will have the rare opportunity to take a contextual approach to the study of philosophy.

View the complete syllabus.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Greek Studies on Site / T +30 69 76 15 00 07 / info@greekstudiesonsite.com / 

Further information and syllabi may be found at:
www.greekstudiesonsite.co


IRELAND

ISERT KELLY CASTLE EXCAVATION 2023 – GALWAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, IRELAND

(Introduction to Archaeological Excavation or Recording Methods in Archaeological Survey and Excavation)

Deadline: Rolling

Project website: https://gafs.ie/

OVERVIEW

The Galway Archaeological Field School provides students with hands-on experience of the archaeology and architecture of medieval Ireland. We specialize in this field and seek to immerse our students in the wealth of medieval castles, churches and monasteries which lie scattered across the Irish landscape. We offer three courses: a two-week non-excavation course focussed on the study of medieval architecture and two four-week excavation courses, one serving as an introduction to archaeological excavation and one offering experienced students further tuition in the various recording techniques used in archaeological excavation. We are primarily an educational institution and so we design our courses and select our survey and excavation sites with one important thing in mind – the provision of first-class training opportunities for our students.

Students who wish to extend their stay in Ireland could, for example, combine the two-week architecture course with the four-week excavation course (e.g. Sessions 1 + 2 or Sessions 3 + 4) to create an unforgettable six-week stay which would immerse them fully in Irish culture, history and heritage, while students focused on excavation could combine Sessions 2 & 3 in order to take both the introductory and advanced excavation courses in one eight-week, intensive stay.

Courses at Galway Archaeological Field School

The Galway Archaeological Field School will offer three courses in 2023 and transferable Academic Credit is available to all students. We aim to provide high quality tuition to all our students and this will be achieved through small class sizes, professional tuition and close on-site supervision. We are primarily an educational institution and so we design our courses and select our survey and excavation sites with one important thing in mind – the provision of first-class training opportunities for our students.

Students can choose to come for our two-week non-excavation course or for one of our four-week excavation skills courses, or they can also opt to combine courses to create a six-week or eight-week package at reduced rates. Students who wish to extend their stay in Ireland could, for example, combine the two-week architecture course with a four-week excavation course (e.g. Sessions 1 + 2 or Sessions 3 + 4) to create an unforgettable six-week stay which would immerse them fully in Irish culture, history and heritage, while students focussed on excavation could combine Sessions 2 & 3 in order to take both the introductory and advanced excavation courses in one eight-week, intensive stay. Our course fees include tuition, accommodation (on a self-catering basis), access fees to historic sites and local transportation, so that additional expenses for our students are limited to transport to and from Galway and food for the duration of their stay.

Interested? Review the 2023 programme below, follow the links to read about the three courses we offer and then submit a no-obligation application form with your contact details and your course preference – we will then review your application and offer you a place if one is available. Alternatively, feel free to email us with any queries you may have.

Course 2 Introduction To Archaeological Excavation

This four-week course will introduce students to the practicalities of archaeological excavation and provide them with hands-on experience of the key techniques they need to master to become proficient excavators. It is generally aimed towards undergraduate students of archaeology and anthropology, who usually take the course for credit, but the course is open to all and can be taken by anyone with an interest in archaeological fieldwork.

Students on this course will learn to excavate using a variety of tools, but will also gain valuable experience of a range of on-site recording techniques which will generate a structured written record, a series of scaled drawings and an extensive photographic archive of the site under examination. They will be involved in the analysis of the stratigraphic evidence on the site and will also work with finds to ensure they are recorded correctly and stored safely. The course will have a particular emphasis on medieval archaeology and so the excavation site and the sites visited on field trips, which will include a series of castles, churches and monasteries, will be selected with this focus in mind. For the 2023 season, the course will be based upon an excavation at a medieval castle in Co Galway and so the students on the course will be part of our research programme which seeks to explore the archaeological evidence for settlement at late medieval castle sites in Ireland.

Students who participate successfully in this course will learn to work on site in a safe manner, understand the nature of the site grid and use excavation tools with skill to produce clean surfaces. They will also be able to identify and record archaeological objects during the excavation process, identify obvious deposits and cut features and discuss their stratigraphic context, enter recording data onto context sheets for features they have excavated and assist in drawing site plans, sections, elevations and profiles to scale. Students may choose to do this course in either Session 2 or Session 3, and those who register for the course in Session 2 will have the option to sign up for the more advanced excavation course in Session 3. Students doing the Session 2 course could also combine it with the 2-week non-excavation course in Session 1, while Session 3 students could consider signing up for the same 2-week non-excavation course in Session 4 – students taking two courses get a 10% discount on both course fees. Course fees include tuition and self-catering accommodation and we also provide free local transportation.

Course 3 Recording Methods In Archaeological Survey And Excavation

This four-week course, designed for students with some experience of archaeological excavation, seeks to develop their on-site skills to a high level and provide them with an opportunity to become proficient excavators. Working alongside novice students under the close supervision of the site director, students undertaking this course will be given responsibilities commensurate with their experience and these will include the excavation of discrete archaeological features, the recording of such features using the three-part record system (i.e. written, drawn and photographic records), the recording of finds and environmental samples and the analysis of the stratigraphic evidence within their work area. This module will allow students with some excavation experience to develop significantly as archaeologists and, though focussed on Irish medieval archaeology, will teach them a range of transferrable skills which can be applied on professional research excavation and survey projects around the world.

This course is open to students who have completed Course 2, or those who can show that they already have sufficient excavation experience from other archaeological sites. Students on this course will be involved in practical excavation, but will also gain valuable experience of a range of on-site recording techniques and will, where possible, take leading roles in on-site tasks including photography, drawing to scale, stratigraphic interpretation and finds recording. They will also be expected to assist in tutoring novice students in basic excavation techniques and so will make considerable progress towards appointment as site supervisors in future years.

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To learn more click here
Contact: Dr. Rory Sherlock,  Birchall, Oughterard, County Galway
Email: info@gafs.ie

   


BLACKFRIARY ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL, IRELAND

Full details of the Summer 2023 course options and dates are now available here

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School. 2023 will be the thirteenth season of digging at this site where we have been providing the highest standards of teaching and training since 2010.

The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School is part of the award-winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project (BCHAP) in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. Focusing on the buried remains of the 13th century AD/CE Dominican friary and associated graveyard, the field school is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds including archaeology, history, anthropology, and forensics – and for students looking for a unique study abroad experience. As participants in a public archaeology project, students are actively engaged with our outreach activities on site. They are also housed with families in Trim, allowing them to integrate with the local community.

We are offering three courses in summer 2023 (BAFS Summer courses). A two-week introductory course runs from 9 May to 4 August. Students can opt to do a 4-week course which combines the introductory course with a 2-week advanced course, running from 9 May to 22 June and from 6 – 30 June. These provide training in excavation and post-excavation methods. A five-week course, from 3 July to 4 August 2023, has a significant bioarchaeology component taught by Dr. Rachel Scott of DePaul University, Chicago. The four and five week courses are fully accredited through Dundalk Institute of Technology (see https://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/module/moduleId/68978, and https://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/8609. Six semester credits (12.5 ECT credits) are offered for the four week course and 7 -8 (15 ECTs credits) for the 5 week course.

For students with previous field and/or lab experience, we offer internships for a minimum of six weeks in the areas of excavation, post-excavation, and community outreach.

Our brochure (BAFS Flyer) can be accessed from this email, and here are links to our social media pages (press ctrl and click to access). Students can send queries or apply to a course directly through the website.

https://www.facebook.com/BlackfriaryFieldschoolIrelandhttps://twitter.com/Blackfriarydig;

https://www.instagram.com/blackfriaryarchaeofieldschool/?hl=en

https://www.linkedin.com/in/blackfriary-archaeology-field-school-0b730315b/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AVvWRiOK5A

The project’s location in Co. Meath means that students are perfectly placed to see the many wonderful heritage sites which bring Ireland’s Ancient East to life. https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/

To learn more click here

Meet the Team:

BLACKFRIARY ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR: Finola O’Carroll <finola.ocarroll@bafs.ie>
Project Bioarchaeologist and Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel E. Scott

Contact: info@bafs.ie

Application: http://bafs.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BAFS-Student-Form.pdf

   

 


CAHERCONNELL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL

Website https://caherconnell.com/archaeology/

Summer 2023 Field School poster can be found here

Apply Now!  (and also see the scholarship competition below)

Caherconnell – One of Ireland’s Premier Archaeology Field Schools

Archaeology at Caherconnell Fort

We are now accepting bookings for our fully accredited 2023 Field Schools here in the heart of the Burren. For further information please contact us

Tuition, Accommodation & Meals provided

We havetwo,fourandsixweek courses that facilitate all levels of experience.

In partnership with theUniversity of Galway, we provide unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region. Field schools are led byDr. Michelle Comber, a leader in archaeological education. This is complemented by a cultural element, which sees students interact with the local people daily. The site is also home to three stone cahers (ring forts), a probable Late Bronze Age burial mound, an ancient field system, two Bronze Age boulder burials, ancient dwelling sites and a prehistoric house.

Why Choose Caherconnell Archaeology Field School?

  • Excavate Monday to Friday, and explore and learn at the weekend.
  • Excavate a 10th-century AD royal settlement.
  • Add to the quantity and quality of theartefacts being uncovered.
  • Excavate a site of huge significance toIrish archaeology, the first of its kind to be examined in such detail.
  • Explore material culture, history, economic, political and social structure.
  • Develop skills which you use at archaeological sites anywhere in the world.
  • Receive the best training and experience possible, we limit our group sizes to 20.
  • Interact with experts in the field; our pupil teacher ratio is 5 to 1
  • Take in the stunning Irish landscape ofThe Burrenand theWild Atlantic Way.
  • Read ourdetailed dig reports.

All inclusivewe organise accommodation, meals, daily transport, on-site lectures and daily tuition. You just have to enjoy the experience, come along and join the team!

Find out what some of our former students have to say about their experience at Caherconnell Archaeology Field School IrelandRead their testimonials here

Course Schedule 2023 for one of Ireland’s Top Irish Archaeology Field Schools

6 Week Combined Course: SS103/SS110/SS112 – (18 ECTS or 9US Credit Hours) 6 Weeks

Monday 5th June – Friday 14th July 2023

4 Week Combined Course:SS103/SS110- (12 ECTS or 6US Credit Hours)4 Weeks

Monday 5th June – Friday 30th June 2023

Monday 19th June – Friday 14th July 2023

Introduction to Archaeological Excavation:SS103-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours) 2 Weeks

Monday 5th June – Friday 16th June 2023

Monday 19th June – Friday 30th June 2023

Monday 3rd July – Friday 14th July 2023

Intermediate Archaeological Excavation:SS110-(6ECTS or 3US Credit Hours)2 Weeks

Monday 5th June – Friday 16th June 2023

Monday 19th June – Friday 30th June 2023

Monday 3rd July – Friday 14th July 2023

“This is an experience of a lifetime and definitely one that will be remembered for a very long time, I am so grateful that I did this.” –Corinne Kindoll (USA), Caherconnell Field School Student

Experience Archaeology in Ireland with a difference

Your time here will see you work with some of Ireland’s best archaeologists during the day and some of Ireland’s finest conversationalists at night!

The Caherconnell Archaeology field school experience is one which will not be soon forgotten and will allow students to experience the very best of Irish archaeology and culture all at once.

If you want to learn the skills of archaeological fieldwork in a fun yet professional manner – where academic credit is available –Caherconnell Archaeology Field School is the only place for you.

Contact Us Today On +353 65 7089999 or Drop Us An Email At: info@caherconnell.com

**Due to the very low student-teacher ratio (5:1) a limited number of places are available **

Caherconnell Scholarship Competition

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School is offering one scholarship towards it’s 2023 Summer School. This scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides €1,450 to help pay expenses associated with participation in Caherconnell Archaeological Field School 2023.

Deadline: Friday, January 27th 2023 at 13:00 GMT
Announced: January 10th, 2023
Amount: €1,450.00

Purpose: This scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides €1,450 to help pay expenses associated with participation in Caherconnell Archaeological Field School 2023.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.
 
Further information and a link to the submission form can found via the following link.

 

Students at Caherconnell, Summer 2022

ARCHAEOLOGY OF IRELAND’S HIDDEN HEARTLANDS: THE MONASTIC MIDLANDS (Birr, Ireland)

Date: July 16 to August 12, 2023   Enrollment status: Open      Application deadline: June 5, 2023

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

In July we will offer our new field school program studying the Monastic Midlands. This new field school takes a truly landscape scale approach to archaeological research. The program will examine the geological and glacial processes that shaped the landscape in which the early saints founded their monasteries. It will apply a range of archaeological survey techniques to interpret the sites they left behind, recording the structures, architectural fragments and grave slabs that continue to survive at the monasteries. The program will also include both significant laboratory elements (including processing and cataloguing artefacts from comparable sites) and comprehensive osteoarchaeological training, through simulated excavations and analysis of teaching collections.

The program continues from our previous site surveys, with a focus on the monastery of Seir Kieran (Saoighir Kieran or the ‘fountain of Kieran’). Seir Kieran is a remarkable site, not only due to its prominence as an early medieval monastery, but due to its longevity as a site through the Anglo-Norman period and onward as a continued place of worship. The site therefore provides a unique opportunity to study, in a single location, an early monastic site, a twelfth century monastery, a multi-period burial site, an Anglo-Norman castle and a medieval borough/town. Based on documentary sources, it is thought that St Kieran’s monastery was originally founded in the fifth century AD/CE, making it one of the earlier monasteries in Ireland. The site was active throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods and remains a site that is very much ‘alive’ within the local community today.

Geophysical investigations by the IAFS and partners in 2021 shed significant further light on the complexity of the site; we want to build on this research in 2023 with several key objectives, including:

  • Capturing the extent of medieval structures (c. twelfth to thirteenth century) which are extant in the graveyard walls.
  • Conducting a high-resolution geological survey of the walls (and grave markers).
  • Undertaking a complete survey of the grave markers, including ‘unmarked’ markers which may relate to the burial plots of ‘poorer’ individuals. The burial markers on site include several ninth century grave slabs, including the probable burial place of the King of Ossory.
  • Conducting a survey of the numerous ‘architectural fragments’ on site, which include rotary querns, window mullions, arch fragments etc.

The surveys will hopefully inform future keyhole excavations at the site which will help us further understand the layout, scope and phasing of Seir Kieran. Due to the monastic nature of the site any future excavations are likely to expose human bone which could, in time, help inform us on mortuary practices throughout the life use Seir Kieran. Acknowledging the potential of this future research, this program also heavily features bioarchaeological training.

While focusing on Seir Kieran this field school takes a holistic approach to investigating the Monastic Midlands of Ireland, studying the landscape, earthworks, buildings, artefacts and the buried human remains of several monasteries in County Offaly. Offaly itself has been described as a ‘flowering garden of monasteries’ due to the number and scale of the monasteries which continue to dominate its landscape to this day. These monasteries were typically founded by evangelist monks between the fifth and seventh centuries AD who were attracted by the region’s centrality, its proximity to four of the five medieval provincial boundaries and a series of natural routeways through the midland’s wetland landscape; these routeways include the River Shannon (Ireland’s longest river), flowing northeast to southwest, and a series of winding glacial ridges (known as eskers) which provided natural east to west routeways. These natural and political advantages saw modern Offaly develop as a centre of early medieval activity, which includes sites such as the world renowned Clonmacnoise, making it the prime location to study early medieval monasticism in Ireland.

The field school is based in the heritage town of Birr, one of Ireland’s most beautiful heritage towns; Birr is also the location at which St Brendan founded his c. sixth century monastery, which is another site that students will study. Our campus in Birr serves as a base for all our course teaching and lab-work, but also acts as a launching pad to investigate all the regional monastic sites. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation in Birr, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Registration does not guarantee acceptance to the program, which is contingent on a reference check. Once we have contacted your referee, and are happy with their reference, we will contact you with an official acceptance and payment link for a minimum payment of a €500 deposit.

Cancellations: The credited version of this program is run with our partners the Institute for Field Research (IFR). For their cancellation policy (including for Covid-19) please consult their website. For our cancellation policy please consult our Terms and Conditions.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

Dr Denis Shine, Irish Archaeology Field School (denis.shine@iafs.ie)

Denis holds a BA (2001) in Archaeology and History and an MA (2002) in Landscape Archaeology from University College Dublin. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD (2014) from Monash University (Melbourne) for his doctoral research, ‘Changing Places: An Archaeological Study of Manilikarr Country in Western Arnhem Land’, a study which focused on the historical emergence of Aboriginal freshwater identities. Between his post-graduate studies Denis worked as a professional archaeologist for nearly 10 years, covering a wide array of research topics. He was granted full Irish archaeological licence eligibility in 2006 and since that date has acted as senior archaeologist on a range of projects. Denis’ current research interests lie in the sub-disciplines of landscape archaeology, community archaeology, Indigenous Australian archaeology/archaeology of rock art, human-environment interactions and the historical emergence of identity. He has published locally, nationally and internationally on these topics. He is also an adjunct with Australia National University (ANU Researcher). Denis joined the Irish Archaeology Field School as partner in 2014, and company director in 2016.

Dr Steve Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School (stephen.mandal@iafs.ie)

Stephen (Steve) is passionate about the outdoor classroom and active, tactile learning. He has dedicated his career to bringing the Irish landscape, archaeology and history to life for all, from early school children to university students to culturally curious retirees.

He holds BA (mod) and PhD degrees in Geology (1991) and Geoarchaeology (1995) from Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-founder of the Irish Archaeology Field School (2005), the Irish Heritage School (2016), Cultural Tourism Ireland (2010), Dig it Kids (2011) and CRDS Ltd (1997). Prior to 1997, Steve spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Archaeology Department, University College Dublin, during which time he also undertook a research fellowship in Bologna, Italy.

Since 2015, Steve has served as an international guest speaker for the Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture program. In 2018, he was appointed to the Cultural Heritage Advisory Panel for the Dublin City Council Culture Company. In 2019, he was appointed to the executive board of the Discovery Programme, the state centre for archaeology and innovation in Ireland. Also in 2019, he was appointed as a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Museum.

Previously, Steve served as Vice-Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology from 2009 to 2014.  From 2012 to 2015 he was the External Examiner in Applied Archaeology at Sligo Institute of Technology. In 2013, he was appointed to a European Commission DG Enterprise Project to review cultural heritage tourism across the European Union. He served as financial advisor to the WAC-6 (2009).

Steve is an instructor for the Ireland-Birr Environmental Science field school, run in partnership with the Institute for Field Research. He co-founded two highly acclaimed community-based research and education projects, the Digging the Lost Town of Carrig Project and the Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project and has presented academic and public talks on the projects in Ireland and internationally, including to the Smithsonian Museum and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Steve has co-authored two books, The Irish Stone Axe Project: Monograph I (1998, with Prof Gabriel Cooney) and Carrick, County Wexford: Ireland’s first Anglo-Norman Stronghold (2019, with Dr Denis Shine, Dr Michael Potterton and Catherine McLoughlin) and has contributed to a dozen more. He has also authored numerous academic papers in subjects as diverse as geology, archaeology, geoarchaeology, community heritage and the heritage economy.

Steve is also an expert guide and travel planner and has led several special interest tours of Ireland’s archaeological heritage. He is a Heritage in Schools Expert and teaches in-school archaeology education programmes. He also runs hands-on educational camps, workshops and events for children and educators.

He is a professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists.

   


EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY AND MATERIALITY OF THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD OF IRELAND  (Wexford, Ireland)

Date: June 11 to July 8, 2023  Enrollment status: Open, Application and payment deadline: May 1, 2023

Full program details can be found here, and a project video can be found here

Overview

This four-week credited program provides an in-depth insight to the role of crafts, technologies and construction techniques in Ireland through time. Focusing on both the built environment and materiality in the later medieval period, students will actively participate in a range of bespoke experimental archaeology workshops and building projects. Through participation on this program students will be equipped with a good understanding of medieval society in general, with a specific focus on the role of technologies and materiality in people’s lives at that time. The program also teaches many ‘life-skills’ such as creativity, problem solving, teamwork, time management, resourcefulness and project design and implementation.

What makes this program unique is its collaboration with a leading archaeological research project – Digging the Lost Town of Carrig.  The experimental archaeology program is delivered adjacent an authentic ringwork castle (the Carrick ringwork), within the stunning confines of the Irish National Heritage Park (INHP), an open-air museum, in Wexford, southeast Ireland. This ringwork is on of Ireland’s most important medieval monuments and crucial to the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, being the first Anglo-Norman fortification built in the country in 1169 AD. Archaeological excavations at the site by the IAFS since 2018 show that significant evidence of the site’s medieval history is preserved below the ground – including remnants of a 12th century fort with wooden structures, 13th century stone castle and 14th century hall and chapel. As the archaeologists uncover the history of both the site and buildings the results are communicated in almost ‘live time’ to the experimental archaeology students, underpinning their projects with exceptional authenticity and added significance. During their time in the park students will also be taught an appreciation on the importance of communicating heritage, and the role experimental archaeology can play in this.

The program is delivered by both the IAFS and Dr Brendan O’Neill of University College Dublin (UCD), one of the world’s leading experimental archaeologists who has worked with UCD’s Centre of Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (CEAMC) for the last 6 years. Arising from the strengths of the partnership between the IAFS, UCD and the INHP a new initiative, entitled Building the Lost Town of Carrig, was conceived in 2019. This project will develop gradually over the next few years, as the excavations at Carrick reveal the scale and nature of the medieval settlement. However, in time it is hoped that a series of replicas, or faux medieval settlement, will be built in the INHP directly based on the archaeological findings. This program contributes significantly to this process, whereby structures built by the students will leave a lasting legacy as an educative resource for both the Carrick project and the INHP – allowing future visitors and students a chance to better comprehend the history of this most important site and medieval society in general.

Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Registration does not guarantee acceptance to the program, which is contingent on a reference check. Once we have contacted your referee, and are happy with their reference, we will contact you with an official acceptance and payment link for a minimum payment of a €500 deposit.

Cancellations: This program is run with our partners the Institute for Field Research (IFR). For their cancellation policy (including for Covid-19) please consult their website.

DIRECTORS:

Dr Brendan O’ Neill, University College Dublin (brendan.oneill@ucd.ie)

Dr Denis Shine, Irish Archaeology Field School (denis.shine@iafs.ie), Dr Steve Mandal, Irish Archaeology Field School (stephen.mandal@iafs.ie)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

           

ADDITIONAL IRISH ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOLS ARE AVAILABLE! CLICK HERE


THE FERNS FIELD SCHOOL: DISCOVERING AIDAN’S MONASTERY INTENSIVE BIOARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM COUNTY WEXFORD, IRELAND

Date: June 11 to July 8, 2023  Enrollment Status: Open, Payment deadline: May 1, 2023

Full program details can be found here, and a project video can be found here
Program syllabus can be found here

OVERVIEW

This field school is located at St. Aidan’s monastery in Ferns, County Wexford, one of the foremost heritage sites in the southeast of Ireland.  The field school provides an excellent opportunity to assess, in a single location, an early monastic site, a twelfth century ‘Irish’ monastery, a multi-period burial site and a later thirteenth century Anglo-Norman foundation.

From the documentary sources, it is known that St Aidan’s monastery was originally founded at the turn of the seventh century AD/CE, possibly over a pre-existing prehistoric site. Geophysical investigations in 2015, followed by recent commercial archaeological work in 2019, have shed some light on the original monastic enclosure, but virtually nothing is known of the internal space or phasing of the monastery. The range of archaeology indicated through surveys infers intense and prolonged use of the monastery.

In 2019 the first ever research excavation at the site will take place.  These excavations will aim to deliver a greater understanding of St Aidan’s Monastery through time, from prehistory to the modern era, initially concentrating on: the excavation of buried elements of the upstanding 12 century AD/CE Mary’s Abbey; investigation of a possible double-aisled ‘structure’ built over the outer monastic ditch; assessment of the c. 7 century AD/CE monastic enclosure itself.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS: Dr Anna Diana, Irish Archaeology Field School (annamaria.diana@outlook.com), and  Dr Denis Shine, Irish Archaeology Field School (denis.shine@irishheritageschool.ie)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

NOTE: The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) Program also offers a number of specialized short courses (about one week each). For details, see their website here

 

 


ACHILL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL (County Mayo, Ireland)

A variety of field school options are available for summer 2023. Details can be found here

Season Dates: vary
Project website: https://achill-fieldschool.com/
Project video can be seen here

Achill Archaeological Field School provides archaeology courses for all levels, from beginner to undergraduate to our very popular trainee supervisor course. Our location on Achill Island on Ireland’s spectacularWild Atlantic Wayoffers multiple sites of archaeological interest from Neolithic megalithic tombs and Bronze Age roundhouses through to the 19th century world-renowned Deserted Village at Slievemore, immortalised by the Nobel laureate, Heinrich Boll, in hisIrish Journal(Irisches Tagebuch).

Our beginner and intermediate archaeology courses provide a solid grounding in archaeology theory and practice, from experts in the field. For full information, seeIntroductory Courses.

2023 Excavation Courses with Academic Credit

Study archaeology abroad for international students

The Achill Archaeological Field School specialises in Early & Late Medieval, Early Modern and Post Medieval archaeology AD500 to AD 1900, providing hands-on archaeology training and fieldwork courses from High School to undergraduate and post graduate levels, to our very popular trainee supervisor course.

Our accredited course ‘Excavation & Recording 1‘ will run from 26th June to 4th August 2023 (six weeks).  Students can earn transferable university credits towards their undergraduate degree through our academic partner, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). The Excavation & Recording 1 course offers 9 Semester Credit Hours /18 ECTS.

A four-week course ‘Excavation & Recording 3‘ will run from 26th June to 21st July with 6 semester hours (12 ECTS) available to students via our academic partner the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

Our two-week ‘Excavation & Recording 5‘ course runs from 24th July to 4th August 2023. This course offers 3 semester credit hours (6 ECTS) from our academic partner the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

We will also run one session of our highly popular Trainee Supervisor Course in 2023. This eight-week course is scheduled for 26th June to 11th August.

All these accredited courses will focus on excavations at the Tawnaghmore site, close to the Achill Archaeological Field School campus in Dooagh. Read about the Tawnaghmore site.


Any Questions?  Email directly: info@achill-fieldschool.com

Achill Archaeological Field School

Telephone: (from inside Ireland): 098 43564       (from outside Ireland): +353 98 43564
Address: Achill Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland, F28 HK11.

       

 


ISRAEL

SHA’AR HAGOLAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL (Jordan Valley)

Full information about the site, the research plans and the field school (and application) can be found at this link (with some details below): https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/neolithic-site-holy-land

Date: June 1-June 23, 2023

Sha’ar Hagolan is a major stratified site dated to the 7th-millennium cal. BCE, located in the Jordan Valley. It extends over 20 hectares, making it one of the largest Neolithic villages in the Near East and is the type-site of the Yarmukian culture (the site sits beside the Yarmuk River). Initial explorations from 1989 to 2004, directed by Yosef Garfinkel, carried out a 3000 sq. m excavation exploring the last Neolithic occupation phases of the village (6200-5900 cal. BCE). This large-scale excavation revealed the existence of living quarters separated by streets, upsetting our knowledge regarding the social organization of the Levantine Neolithic communities at the end of the 7th-millennium cal. BCE as well as an impressive amount of Neolithic artifacts including lithic, pottery, faunal remains and more than 300 clay figurines, shedding new light on the economic and symbolic worlds of Yarmukian society.

The current excavation project will focus on the early occupation phases of the Neolithic village (6700-6200 cal. BCE). It aims to better understand the full development of the Neolithic way of life in the Near East (the so-called “Second Neolithic Revolution”), by researching the human processes underlying the various economic (emergence of pottery, development of pastoralism), social (emergence of urban concept) and symbolic (scarcity of human burials, explosion of anthropomorphic figurines) changes that occurred during the 7th millennium cal. BCE.

The field school will take place June 1-23 and includes excavation techniques, lectures, excursions and room/board at the Kibbutz Sha’ar Hagolan. Students can obtain 9 ECTS credit through the New Bulgarian University.

The 2023 Excavation is directed by:
Dr Julien Vieugué (Permanent researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS)
Anna Eirikh-Rose (Permanent researcher at the Israel Antiquities Authority, or IAA), Field archaeologist.
The field school is coordinated by Dr Kamen Boyadzhiev (Permanent Researcher at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Science).

Questions? Contact Michele Miller (BU Archaeology PhD 1997) <micheleannmiller1234@gmail.com>


 

HIPPOS EXCAVATION PROJECT, ISRAEL

Project dates: June 30 to July 27, 2023   Status: Open   Application deadline: April 7, 2023  Orientation date: April 9, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-israel-hippos/

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Syllabus-Israel-Hippos-2023.pdf

Apply now: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-israel-hippos/apply

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Hippos Excavations Project is one of the main long running and exciting Classical Archaeology digs in Israel. As from the year 2000, our international team unearths various building complexes that allow a reconstruction of the ancient cityscape and a better understanding of the public, military, private and funerary architecture. The ancient Graeco-Roman city of Hippos of the Decapolis is located on a hill above the Sea of Galilee, with one of the most breathtaking panoramas in Israel. We study and reconstruct the way of life of its inhabitants in the various periods, from its foundation in the Hellenistic period (mid-2 nd century BCE), through its Roman-period time of prosperity (64 BCE – mid-4 th century CE), to the Christian transformation in the Byzantine period (mid-4 th to mid-7 th century CE) and other changes that happened after the Islamic takeover (mid-7 th century CE to 749 CE earthquake). Perched on an isolated hill and devastated by an earthquake after which it was never rebuilt, Hippos is an ideal site for archaeologists to study an evolution of a city.

During the upcoming 2023 season, students will continue exploring the magnificently preserved Byzantine “Burnt Church” (Martyrion of Theodoros) with its mosaic carpets and inscriptions, a Roman period cardo and its surrounding insulae, and the Roman-period Saddle Necropolis. For additional information regarding Hippos Excavation Project, see website dighippos.com.

INSTRUCTORS

All field school directors are experts in their field and passionate about their work. To discuss the suitability of this program for your career goals – whether within or outside academia – you are invited to contact the directors directly. For a broader discussion which CFS program to choose, you are welcome to contact our staff directly – you can do that through our “Contact Us” page.

DR. ARLETA KOWALEWSKA (University of Haifa), Research Fellow, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel    arleta.kow@gmail.com

DR. MICHAEL EISENBERG (University of Haifa), Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel mayzenb@gmail.com

       


TEL SHIMRON EXCAVATIONS (Nazareth Ridge, Israel)

Full information about the site, the research plans and the field school (and application) can be found at this link (with some details below): http://telshimronexcavations.com

Date: June 17-July 29, 2023

Project blog site: https://www.telshimronexcavations.com/blog/2022/10/24/tel-shimron-a-city-state-in-the-jezreel-valley

Project video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/741617141?h=e8590ede19&app_id=122963

Join us for the fifth field season at Tel Shimron, a site perched high above the Jezreel Valley on the Nazareth Ridge in Israel with a commanding view of Mount Carmel to the southwest. Occupied for millennia, Shimron saw the rise of ancient Israel, Jewish Galilee, Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Come with us to discover the past and learn how to reach across the cultural divide to the world of the ancients.

In 2023, join us as we dig a  Canaanite acropolis, Hellenistic farmstead and Roman neighborhood. Uncover daily life in the ancient world. It took hundreds of generations to create the site of Tel Shimron; help us to recover their stories.

Directors: Daniel M. Master (Wheaton College, https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/faculty/daniel-master/) and Mario A.S. Martin (University of Innsbruck, https://uibk.academia.edu/MarioMartin)

E-mail: telshimronexcavations@gmail.com

Photos from https://www.telshimronexcavations.com/2017-photo-gallery



ITALY

MONTAIONE ROMAN THERMAL COMPLEX, NEAR FLORENCE, ITALY 

Dates: June 26 to July 22, 2023

Project website: https://www.irlabnp.org/field-school-montaione-in-archaeology-survey-and-material-culture/

IRLABNP.org  describes this project and others by the Institute for Research and Learning in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology


RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL IN ITALY (UPPER SABINA TIBERINA PROJECT) 

Date: July 9 to August 6, 2023 

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy, in operation since 2012, is a Rutgers Study Abroad summer program that teaches undergraduate and graduate students archaeological field skills and methods. Among these are: excavation techniques; site recording and management skills; the handling, processing and preserving of site materials, such as mosaics, painted wall plaster, pottery, human remains and other small finds. Student participants will acquire this training by doing these things on site in Italy under the supervision of academic and professional field specialists.

In addition to fieldwork, there will also be seminars and readings about archaeological methods, and historical and anthropological topics related to the project currently being pursued by the field school, theUpper Sabina Tiberina Project(detailed below). For this project the field school operates in the Tiber River Valley in the northwestern part of the province of Lazio, just about 40 miles upriver from Rome. Participants live and work near the small village of Vacone, excavating a Roman villa site with evidence of Republican, Imperial and post-antique occupation and activity.

Enrollment in the Rutgers Field School is not limited to Rutgers University students, and applicants from other institutions of higher learning are welcome to apply. Although applicants with backgrounds in history, Italian studies, archaeology, anthropology and/or classics are desired, no previous experience or prerequisites are necessary, nor is any particular major or background. Moreover, no knowledge of Italian language is required.

Undergraduate studentswill receive 6 course-credits from Rutgers Study Abroad that may be counted toward a variety of departments and majors, including Classical Studies, History, Anthropology, and Art History. For instance, the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers-New Brunswick will accept these as equivalent to 01:070:334 ‘Archaeological fieldwork’ and 01:070:335 ‘Analysis of Archaeological data’. Please consult Prof. Farney (gfarney@rutgers.edu) if you have any questions about how these credits might apply to your situation.

Rutgers SEBS undergraduate studentscan apply all 6 credits toward their Core Curriculum “Arts and Humanities” requirement.

Rutgers Newark undergraduate studentscan apply 3 of the credits towards the “History/Literature” core-curriculum requirement, and 3 of the credits toward the “Arts/Media” core-curriculum requirement. Please see Prof. Farney (gfarney@rutgers.edu) for other possible uses of the credits.

Graduate studentscan earn either 6 or 3 course credits, depending on the track they wish to take. They should consult their departments to see how they will treat the credits for any degree they are pursuing.For 6 credits, they can participate for all four weeks of the field school season.For the 3 credits option, graduate students can participate in two weeks of the field school season to be arranged with Prof. Farney.

Undergraduate or Graduate Internshipsare available for students who already have field experience and previously acquired field skills (excavation, anthropological, geophysical, etc.). Students who wish to pursue an internship should contact Prof. Farney directly (gfarney@rutgers.edu).

Post Field School. Many of our alumni have gone on to graduate programs in History, Classics, Archaeology, Conservation and Anthropology. Among these are programs at Cambridge University, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, Durham University, the University of Manchester, Boston University, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, the University of South Florida, Villanova University, University of Oregon, the College of William and Mary, and the Fulbright Fellowship Program.

Living Arrangements for the Field School

Program participants will live in an agriturismo (an agriturismo is a working farm with sleeping accommodations and a restaurant), called Le Colline (http://www.agriturismolecolline.com), located very close to the Vacone villa site (< 2 km). Le Colline has rooms of two to four people, each with a separate bathroom. The agriturismo has internet access and will provide us with a means to do laundry. All meals will be provided at the agriturismo for staff and students Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the agriturismo or elsewhere. Students will also be able to visit the town of Vacone regularly.

Students will travel to Romeor other nearby locales on the weekends. On Friday afternoon, staff arrange for students to be taken to a nearby train-station (Poggio Mirteto) for a direct train into Rome (ca. 45 minutes); likewise, students are picked up on Sunday late afternoon from Poggio Mirteto back to the agriturismo. The exception will be the very last weekend when students will stay at the agriturismo until Saturday morning (the costs of which will be included in the program fees).

The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, in operation since 2011, is a collaboration between Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World of Brown University (Rhode Island, USA), with the support of the Soprintendenza Archeologia del Lazio e dell’Etruria Meridionale and the Comune di Vacone, with former support from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Alberta. The project, with staff and students from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Italy, seeks to understand the long-term development of rural settlement and economy in the Sabine region of Italy, located today in the province of Rieti of the region of Lazio. This area is located about 40 miles north of Rome, just east of the Tiber River, in the hinterland of the ancient town of Forum Novum (modern day Vescovio). Much of the project has focused on the excavation of the mid-Republican to mid-imperial villa located in the town of Vacone (the excavation is operated through two field schools that train undergraduate and graduate students in archaeological field skills and methods). We have also conducted survey and geophysical prospection at over 15 other sites in the region. This combination of excavation and extensive survey has allowed the project to document a significant Roman boom in settlement and economic activity in the area of the Upper Sabina Tiberina.

Rutgers University
Rutgers University, Department of History, Conklin Hall, Newark, NJ, 07102-1814
Contact: Gary Farney  gfarney@rutgers.edu

Click here to watch the Study Abroad information webinar.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Prof. Gary Farney (gfarney@rutgers.edu).

ExternalUndergraduate Application
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MUSEOLOGY & EGYPTIAN MATERIAL CULTURE AT MUSEO EGIZIO, TURIN (ITALY)

Date: June 15–July 22, 2023 Enrollment status: Open,  Payment deadline: May 1, 2023

Full program details are available here

Program syllabus with full details can be found here

OVERVIEW

The collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Museo Egizio in Turin (Italy) is among the most important in the world. It includes the Old Kingdom Tomb of the Unknown, the New Kingdom Tomb of Kha and Merit, the Nubian Temple of Ellesiya, and the Turin Papyrus Map. This field school aims to contribute to the analysis and publication of selected ceramic artifacts and ancient textiles, with a special focus on production techniques and communities of practice. Students will have opportunities to be actively involved in all aspects of the preservation, study, and presentation of museum objects.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS:
Dr. Caroline Arbuckle MacLeod, St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada (carbuckle@stmcollege.ca)

Dr. Danielle Candelora, History Department, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY (Danielle.candelora@cortland.edu)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

         


POMPEII FUNERARY PROJECT (ITALY)

Dates: July 9 to August 5, 2023    Status: Open   Application Deadline: April 7, 2023
Orientation date: June 3, 2023
Download full syllabus here        Application: click here

DIRECTOR: Dr. Llorenç Alapont Martin Prof. of Physical and Forensic Anthropology, Univedsidad Europea Valencia (llor.alapont@gmail.com)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

During the 1990’s, the Italian Government wanted to expand the rail system and initiated archaeological study along the planned rail tracks. By 1998, excavators discovered that a very large Roman cemetery lay just under the planned rail expansion. The entire project was discarded, and the area was left half exposed, deteriorating by the elements. The abandoned excavation established a few facts: (1) That a large cemetery was present just opposite the Porta Sarno, the oldest city gate at Pompeii. (2) That dozens of monumental tombs were present, likely belonging to illustrious citizen of ancient Pompeii; (3) That tombstones indicate burial both before and after the earthquake of 62 CE; (4) That the cemetery, just opposite the main road leading to Pompeii – the Via dell´Abbondanza – has likely been used for a very long time and may contain evidence of both pre Roman and Roman burials, and (5) That the abandoned excavations demonstrated excellent preservation of material record both of structures and of human remains.

The initial excavators published no report. The site’s rapid deterioration and important significance for the understanding of ancient Pompeii motivated us to begin extensive excavation at the area in 2017. The Porta Sarno Necropolis project is now in its seventh season.

The study of Porta Sarno Necropolis project offers an exceptional opportunity to investigate Roman society and its unique views of life and the afterlife. The study of the necropolis monuments, tombs, roads, walls, material culture and biological remains provide for contextual and careful understanding of how the funerary space was managed by the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii. Given the extensive excavations elsewhere at Pompeii, we can study how the necropolis evolved in relation to urbanism, legislation, religion, and the history of the city.

The excavations at the Pompeii necropolis are a multidisciplinary project with the participation of a diverse group of experts. Both the human biological evidence and associated artifacts and features are studied to understand context, stratigraphy and cultural evolution. The program uses traditional excavation technique – trowels and shovels, sifting and sorting – as well at advanced analytical instruments, such as Total Stations, Portable energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF), and others.

Human burial at the Porta Sarno Necropolis includes both inhumations and cremated deposits. For 2023, we plan to excavate at Area A and D, within a large structure dated to the Roman period and likely to contain diverse types of funerary deposits. Given the density of material record found elsewhere at the site, we anticipate a rich archaeological record that will include both human remains and artifacts.

The Porta Sarno Necropolis is part of the ancient city of Pompeii but located outside the site’s contemporary security fences. That fortunate location allows us much flexibility with working hours and the ability to work without the constant distraction of tourists and visitors. Notwithstanding the above, we are still working in an ancient cemetery and respect to the dead is paramount to all of our activities.

The relationships to and study of human remains in Europe differs widely from those practiced in North America. This is the result of different archaeological histories, traditions, and cultural norms. Archaeology in North American is almost exclusively part of anthropology and under the Social Sciences, emerging from the historical & intellectual tradition for the study of the “other.” In Europe, archaeology is a standalone discipline, usually within the Humanities, studying the past of the “collective ancestors.” These differences will be discussed broadly during the program, exploring the origin and current manifestation of cultural preferences and its relationships to death in each region. While we plan to have lively discussions, our goal is to present students with the different traditions and their reasoning, not to suggest one is better than the other.

This program and its strong emphasis on the careful analytical study of cremated remains is relevant to students who wish to study Roman history, bioarchaeology and physical anthropology. The program will also serve well students who are interested in forensic studies of human remains and students interested in pursuing medical careers.


THE INCORONATA PROJECT (southern Italy)

Dates: May 20 to June 18, 2023   Status: Open    Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-italy-incoronata/

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Syllabus-Italy-Incoronata-2023.pdf

DIRECTORS: Prof. Mario Denti, Professor of Archaeology and History of Ancient Art, University of RENNES 2 (mario.denti@wanadoo.fr), Prof. Giulia Saltini Semerari, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan (giulias@umich.edu),  Dr. Josipa Mandić, Postdoc researcher, Université Rennes 2, and Dr. Cesare Vita, Postdoc researcher, Université Rennes 2

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Incoronata is located in southern Italy, near the coast of the Gulf of Taranto (the ‘arch’ of the boot), in today’s Basilicata region. The site is distributed across a vast plateau overlooking the valley where the river Basento flows. In the 7th century BC its prominence likely served to attract travelers from the Aegean, who settled alongside the local community during the earliest phase of the Greek colonization, arguably the most consequential migration event of the ancient Mediterranean. The site offers a superb opportunity to investigate the development of an Early Iron Age Italic community and the culture contact dynamics they established with Greek newcomers at the outset of this historical watershed.

Occupation at Incoronata began at the end of the 10th century BC, the start of the Italian Early Iron Age. A vast cemetery, in use from the 9th to the middle of the 8th century BC, was excavated along the northern edge of the plateau, while remains of a contemporaneous settlement were uncovered nearby. Further evidence of occupation dating to the Early Iron Age was also found on the highest part of the plateau. While the rest of the plateau seems to have been deserted by the middle of the 8th century, this area continued to be used until the beginning of the 6th century, when Incoronata was abandoned. During the last century of its life, this area provides evidence of coexistence between local people and Aegean newcomers. This period corresponds to the early phase of the Greek colonization, which cast Greek settlers from the Black Sea to Spain and was a key catalyst for the creation of the interconnected, urbanized Mediterranean of the Classical period. At this time, along the Ionian Gulf coast and a few miles sea-ward from Incoronata, the colony of Metaponto also flourished, alongside Taranto to the southeast and Siris and Sybaris to the west, making this region the heart of what eventually became Magna Graecia or Greater Greece.

Although the site of Incoronata has been under investigation since the 1970s, there remains much to be discovered. The highest part of the plateau itself was the object of numerous excavations throughout the years, most recently by the Université de Rennes 2 (France). The latter, directed by Prof. Mario Denti, began in 2002 and has been running as a field school ever since. To date, the excavation has brought to light several features belonging to the indigenous Early Iron Age phase and the 7th century BC ‘mixed’ indigenous-Greek phase. These point to a public function of the area under investigation, with evidence of both artisanal production and extensive ritual activities. Among the findings are two paved terraces, a large wall, several ritual pits likely linked to an ancestor cult, an apsidal building with the remains of a ritual, a pottery kiln used to fire both local and Greek-style pottery, and two small furnaces.

The main questions that the excavation seeks to address are: • What was the function and importance of Incoronata with respect to the surrounding region? • How can we characterize local ritual practices and how did they change with the arrival of the Greeks? • Who in the local community was directly involved in contact with the Greeks? And who were the people from the Aegean that settled at Incoronata?

           


THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE NURAGIC CULTURE ON THE ISLAND OF SARDINIA: LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY AT PROGETTO PRAN’E SIDDI, ITALY

Dates: July 2 to July 29, 2023  Status: Open    Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Syllabus-Italy-Prane-Siddi-2023.pdf

DIRECTORS: Dr. Emily Holt – Senior Project Director, Statistical Research, Inc. (emilyholt2013@gmail.com), and Dr. Mauro Perra – Director, Civico Museo Archeologico “Su Mulinu” di Villanovafranca (perramarro@gmail.com)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Pran’e Siddi, or the Siddi Plateau, is a high basaltic plateau located in the south-central part of the island of Sardinia (Italy), near the modern town of Siddi. The area around Siddi was inhabited by prehistoric villagers beginning in the Neolithic period (ca. 4000-3200 BCE). During the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1700-1450 BCE), these previously egalitarian people began to develop a hierarchical social system with an elite who expressed their power and prestige through the building of monumental stone towers called nuraghi. The elites of the Nuragic community on the Siddi Plateau built sixteen nuraghi, which they lived in and added onto for three centuries. By 1450 BCE, however, the elite sites on the Siddi Plateau seem to have been abandoned, and the population moved away.

Progetto Pran’e Siddi was formed to conduct a thorough investigation of Nuragic climate, environment, land use, and economic practices in the Siddi region. We are interested in finding out what kinds of pressures – social, environmental, and/or economic – made the Nuragic people abandon their towers on the plateau. We are answering these questions through a combination of archaeological excavation and survey. Excavation takes place at the site of Sa Conca ‘e sa Cresia, one of the largest nuraghi on the plateau. Survey focuses both on-site and off-site, addressing the other Nuragic structures on the plateau as well as the landscapes surrounding them. By participating in Progetto Pran’e Siddi, students will contribute to ongoing research while gaining professional skills in excavation methods, pedestrian survey, and artifact processing.

           

 


ROMAN FUNERARY & CREMATION ARCHAEOLOGY: THE NECROPOLIS OF VIA OSTIENSE, ROME (ITALY)

Dates: August 6 to Sept. 2, 2023   Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-italy-ostiense/

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Syllabus-Italy-Ostiense-2022.pdf

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Necropolis of Via Ostiense was initially excavated in 1919. Archaeologists exposed 18 complete vaults (columbaria) with over 912 well preserved urns, containing cremated remains of Roman era individuals. The excavators decided not to excavate but leave the urns untouched and in situ, resulting in slow but progressive deterioration of the human remains and artifacts within them. Beginning in 2017, our team began an extensive and detailed study of these unique archaeological remains, micro-excavating each urn to better understand Roman burial practices, technology and cultural preferences. The 2023 will be our seventh season at the site and thus far, we were able to complete the study of 65 individual urns.

The urns at Via Ostiense represent a unique opportunity to study Roman funerary practices. This is the largest concentration of Roman cremated human remains in a single location and all within original context. This wealth of information allows for excellent comparative research, studying changes in cremation technology (temperature and type of fuel used), cultural preferences and choices (type of urns, objects found within them, number of individuals collected together in a single urn) and biological elements (examining pathologies, diseases and using aDNA to study population variability). Although human remains at Via Ostiense were cremated, many long bones, teeth, pelvis & vertebra segments – some 10cm long – are still well-preserved and presented in the urns. This allow us to study a whole range of bioarchaeological elements, including pathologies, diseases, gender and age. The micro excavation of each urn is a careful and detailed process. Students typically excavate a single urn in the season as this is a long and meticulous study of all human and cultural elements deposited in each urn. Students should expect to use both traditional micro-excavation techniques and the use of a range of analytical instrumentation, including photogrammetry and portable energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF).

The relationships to and study of human remains in Europe differ widely from those practice in North America. This is the result of different archaeological histories, traditions, and cultural norms. Archaeology in North American is almost exclusively part of anthropology and under the Social Sciences, emerging from the historical & intellectual tradition for the study of the “other”. In Europe, archaeology is a standalone discipline, usually within the Humanities, studying the past of the “collective ancestors”. These differences will be discussed broadly during the program, exploring the origin and current manifestation of cultural preferences and its relationships to death in each region. While we plan to have lively discussions, our goal is to present students with the different traditions and their reasoning, not to suggest one is better than the other.

This program and its strong emphasis on the careful analytical study of cremated remains is relevant to students who wish to study Roman history, bioarchaeology and physical anthropology. The program will also serve well students who are interested in forensic studies of human remains and students interested in pursuing medical careers.

We will be excavating at an ancient burial ground. This means that respect to the dead will be front and center, and certain behavior will be observed while at the site and/or at work. The individuals we are studying may be long gone, but we still owe them a debt of reverence for the opportunity to study their remains so that we may better understand, appreciate, and celebrate their lives.

The Via Ostiense project is a collaboration between the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali of Rome and the Universidad Europea Valencia (Spain).

Program Director: Prof. Llorenc Alapont Martin, Professor of Physical and Forensic Anthropology, Universidad Europea Valencia   Email: llor.alapont@gmail.com

     


INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ITALY & THE AEGEAN IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN: THE SITE OF ROCA VECCHIA (SOUTHERN ITALY)

Project date: August 27 to Sept 24, 2023   Application deadline: March 17, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-italy-roca-vecchia/

Project syllabus with full details: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Syllabus-Italy-Roca-Vecchia-2023.pdf

DIRECTOR: Prof. Teodoro Scarano – Associate Professor of Prehistory and Protohistory (SSD L-ANT/01), Dipartimento di Beni Culturali-Università del Salento (teodoro.scarano@unisalento.it)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Bronze Age fortified settlement of Roca Vecchia is located on the Adriatic coast of South- Eastern Italy at the narrowest passage of the Otranto Channel. It was a strategic key-site for the crossing routes between the Aegean and the Central Mediterranean and its topography was closely related to the imposing landing place of Torre dell’Orso Bay. Maybe more important, the ancient site of Roca Vecchia includes the Grotta Poesia cave, an important cult center since prehistory. The Bronze Age site was settled from the mid-17th to the late 11th century BCE and was protected by a massive wall, repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt over time.

Finds from the Middle Bronze Age levels (17th -14th century BCE) clearly attest to the early involvement of Roca within the Aegean network. Finds include an unusual variety and peculiarity of products such as Lustrous-decorated, Burnished, Matt-painted and Minyan-type pottery imports in addition to ItaloMinoan finds. These artifacts indicate active trading along the southern Adriatic routes already at these early dates.

Around the mid-14th century BCE, Roca was attacked and destroyed by fire after a siege. At that time, the fortifications had a complex plan with at least five side gates and a monumental main entrance.

Among the extraordinary finds sealed under the collapse of the defensive stonework, it is worth mentioning a huge quantity of complete locally handmade stone-tempered vessels, the remains of a group of seven unarmed people who died by asphyxia while trying to hide in a corridor, and the remains of a young warrior armed with an Aegean bronze dagger. Despite the unquestionable local identity of the site, Late Bronze Age Roca yielded more Aegean-type ceramics than any other settlement in Italy (including a large variety of both imports and their imitations). Roca appears to have been characterized by cultural hybridization of the local Italian population with Minoan and Mycenaean elements. Recent investigations carried out in Roca – in areas that include the so-called “Cult Center” and the monumental buildings of the so-called “Hut-temple” – suggest that extensive ritual practices were linked to collective ceremonial activities, incorporating rituals and symbols of both local and Aegean origin. Recent and Final Bronze Age evidence from Roca also includes evidence of local specialized craftsmanship of exotica such as ivory and amber, as well as metalworking activities in bronze and gold. The special role played by the core-site of Roca in the framework of the central Mediterranean area is also suggested by the richest collection of gold items ever found in the Italian Bronze Age, that include various gold sun discs and ornaments.

During the forthcoming seasons, students will participate in investigating both Bronze Age fortifications and settlement area as well as funerary evidence dating to the second and first millennium BCE.

Director: Prof. Teodoro Scarano, Associate Professor of Prehistory and Protohistory (SSD L-ANT/01), Dipartimento di Beni Culturali-Università del Salento   Email: teodoro.scarano@unisalento.it

      


POMPEII: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH PROJECT

[Outdated information, awaiting update] Date: July 10 to July 30, 2022

Project Website: https://www.archaeospain.com/pompeiithearchaeologyprogramprojectnecropolis.html

Summer 2022 Program can be found here, and a guide to the Pompeii excavations here

The Archaeology of Death in Pompeii
Porta Sarno Necropolis

This is a practical training program in the archaeology of death.
The Porta Sarno Necropolis in Pompeii presents an exceptional opportunity to investigate the  Roman society from a different perspective. The study of the necropolis; the organization of the monuments, tombs, roads, walls, burials and ustrina. It will give us a better understanding on how the funerary space was managed and how it evolved with respect to urbanism, legislation, religion, and the history of the city. All these by one of the most recent discoveries of the city under the vulcano.
The project is directed by Llorenç Alapont (UEV) and coordinated by the Parco Archeologico di Pompei. Arch Universidad Europea de Valencia and Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

This is a multidisciplinary project that incorporates diverse archaeological sciences to achieve its goals such as funerary archaeology and bio-archaeology, and diferent techniques such as topography, photogrammetry, and virtual reality, 

Interpreting and investigating the funerary remains:

1. The human skeletal remains and the treatment of the corpse.
2. The typology, location, and architecture of the funeral spaces and monuments.
3. The offerings, the symbolic objects, and the funerary rites performed by the living for the dead.
4. The memory of the deceased, epigraphy, painting, sculpture and the exterior image of the tomb.
5. Symbolism, religion, superstition, and rituals.
6. The reconstruction of what really happened after the death of the deceased until the moment they were definitively deposited in their grave and how they died and lived.

Participants will learn about methodologies, practical approaches, theory for the archaeology of death, physical anthropology, and funerary archaeology.
Throughout the program, archaeologists will provide  seminars that focus on more specific aspects of the archaeology process, such as ceramic analysis, restoration and conservation, Roman religion, and illustrating on an archaeological site.
English, Spanish, and Italian are the official languages of the program.

Seminars and workshops

-Field Archaeology: The documentation and field record.
-Documentation of various funerary contexts: The individual graves, plurals and reductions, secondary graves, and the graves of children.
-The Biological Context: Identification of the human skeleton, recognition of individual bones and teeth, characteristics, size, and shape of parts of human bones. Estimation of age, sex, height, cause of death, pathologies, etc.
-Archaeology of death and burial
-Introduction to Roman cremation: the process, the results, the uses of such studies in archaeology and forensic science, etc.
-Roman funerary archaeology
-Excavation and documentation cremation burials
-Osteological analysis and documentation of remains
-Identification of human bone fragments
-Identification of non-human bones

EXCAVATION

​Pompeii. The Site
The first excavation in the area of Pompeii dates back to the age of the emperor Alessandro Severo, only a couple of centuries after the destruction,  but the works failed because of the thick blanket of lapillus. It was  not until the XVI century that the excavations started to discover traces of buildings, inscriptions and coins. The first of two earthquakes that slowed down the works took place in 1631 and cancelled the excavations.
In 1748 Carlo of Borbone started the digs again with the aim to enrich the museum of Portici. These works were directed by the engineer Alcubierre but they still weren’t realized in a systematic and scientific way. Nevertheless, in those years the excavations reached important results: the Villa of the Papyri was found in Herculaneum, in 1755 it was the turn of Villa of Giulia Felice and in 1763 Porta Ercolano and an epigraph.
With Joseph Bonapart and G. Murat the road between Villa Diomede and other buildings were discovered, like  the House of Sallustio, the House of  the Faun, the Forum r the Basilica.
Systematic excavations started only after Italy was unified in one kingdom. The works were entrusted to Giuseppe Fiorilli and for the first time the old town was schematically excavated with a scientific methodology. The site was divided into agglomerates of houses and quarters, while the recovery and preservation techniques of the buildings and of the artistic heritage reach extraordinary levels of efficacy thanks to Antonio Sogliano and Vittorio Spinazzola. Fiorilli was also who came up with the idea of filling up the “gaps” in the ashes with mortar and the first images of the last inhabitants of Pompeii came back to life.
Large-scale open-air excavations at Pompeii came to an end in the 1960s because the authorities recognized that further excavation would only make the conservation problem worse. During the last century the main aims were to preserve the original architectonic structure of the buildings and the wall paintings inside them.  Conservation took place in the best decorated houses, but elsewhere on site was conducted on an emergency basis. Consequently the conservation problem worsens each year. The earthquake in 1980 slowed down these works but the new government has permitted the starting of “Pompeii Project” a program aimed at the vaporization of the whole archaeological area. With a conservation grant of €105 million, the hope is that Pompeii’s decay will be slowed.
In the meantime, scholars continue their work at Pompeii and at other nearby sites. In the 1990s teams were given an excavated insula (housing block) to study its evolution through stratigraphic excavation beneath the AD 79 floor levels, its architectural development through examination of its walls and paintings, and its contents through study of the original excavation reports and inventories. As a result our understanding of Pompeii’s development as a Roman city has increased. It is no longer seen as a ‘city frozen in time’, but as a settlement with a long and interesting history before its destruction by Vesuvius in AD 79.
The necropolis was found at the foot of the town walls outside the gate of Porta di Nola, where excavation work has uncovered several particularly interesting burial monuments. There are three tombs, two of which are semicircular exedrae made of tuff stone from nearby Nuceria with two paws of winged lions poised on the far ends. As can be read on the inscription, one tomb belonged to the wife of a duumvir, Aesquillia Polla, who died at the age of 22.
The other tomb is surrounded by a wall, inside which there was the cinerary urn made of glass and the hole for the libations to the deceased. Marcus Obellius Firmus, who had been elected several times to the position of town administrator, was buried here while his house was situated not far from the Porta di Nola gate.

In the same part of the town archaeologists found an area which presumably was where the deceased were cremated, in addition to four graves of Pretorian soldier
stationed in Pompeii.
From the First Letter of Pliny the Younger to Cornelius Tacitus:

“On 24 August, in the early afternoon, my mother drew (my uncle’s) attention to a cloud of unusual size and appearance. (…) It was not clear at that distance from which mountain the cloud was rising (it was afterward known to be Vesuvius); its general appearance can best be expressed as being like an umbrella pine, for it rose to a great height on a sort of trunk and then split off into branches (…). In places, it looked white, elsewhere blotched and dirty, according to the amount of soil and ashes it carried with it. (…) Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker (…), followed by bits of pumice and blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames. (…) Meanwhile, on Mount Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasized by the darkness of night. (…) the buildings were now shaking with violent shocks, and seemed to be swaying to and fro as if they were torn from their foundations. (…) Elsewhere there was daylight by this time, but they were still in darkness, blacker and denser than any ordinary night, which they relieved by lighting torches and various kinds of lamps. My uncle decided to go down to the shore and investigate on the spot the possibility of any escape by sea, but he found the waves still wild and dangerous. A sheet was spread on the ground for him to lie down, and he repeatedly asked for cold water to drink. Then the flames and smell of sulfur which gave warning of the approaching fire drove the others to take flight and roused him to stand up. He stood leaning on two slaves and then suddenly collapsed, I imagine because the dense, fumes choked his breathing by blocking his windpipe which was constitutionally weak and narrow and often inflamed. When daylight returned on the 26th – two days after the last day he had been seen – his body was found intact and uninjured, still fully clothed and looking more like sleep than death.” 

The goals for 2022
After the incredible discoveries from last year that were all over the international press in August 2021;
the new  excavation season will focus on the same areas. The first area is located in front of the walls of the façade of the funeral enclosures (Area J). This area was first brought to light during the preventive excavation campaign of the Porta Sarno Necropolis in 1998. The presence of Samnite levels and specifically one Samnite tomb with goods is mentioned.
The project’s objective in this area is to complete the excavation and study the layers and structures  partially excavated during summer 2021. Right by the already famous tomb of Marco Venerio a nichia with two tomb stele inside and beautify decorated with frescoes was partially discovered. In 2022 we will undertake the excavation of the nichia and the urns inside it.  In order to confirm the Samnite levels of use on the site and to conduct a further investigation that seeks to verify the presence of other Samnite tombs belonging to an anterior burial necropolis, the area between Marco Venerio Tomb and the nichia will be also investigated.
The second and third areas are located north (Area B) and south  (Area D) of the enclosure with funerary podium monument. The last year we completed the excavation and study of the  partially excavated layers and structures,  confirming the presence of cremations and  locating and excavating them inside the funerary enclosure. By excavating them in this way, we  will document the organization of the funerary enclosure and verify the stratigraphic sequence in order to prove the existence of multiple levels of use and occupation in the necropolis.

         

 


The Venus Pompeiana Project: ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL AT THE SANCTUARY OF VENUS IN POMPEII 

[Outdated information, awaiting update] DATE:  May 30th – July 1st, 2022
Application deadline: January 14, 2022
Project website: https://mta.ca/current-students/department-classics/archaeological-field-school-pompeii

The Venus Pompeiana Project is a collaboration among the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Mount Allison University, and the University of Missouri. The aim of this research program is to investigate the Sanctuary of Venus in Pompeii and its architectural and cultural history, with special focus on the pre-Roman phase of the site and the impact that the Roman conquest of Pompeii had on its architectural forms and cultic system.

Pompeii Field School Info Session
Information session for students who are interested in the Archaeological Field School at the Sanctuary of Venus in Pompeii is happening on Tuesday, January 11 at 5-6pm on Teams. If you want to learn more about this program, join our information session.

Overview:

Situated in one of the least known areas of Pompeii, the southwest sector of Regio VIII, the visible structures of this sanctuary feature a podium temple located in the middle of a porticoed courtyard, which develops on two terraces. From past investigations, we know that the sanctuary was in a phase of reconstruction after being damaged by the AD 62 earthquake, a restoration that was never completed, as the dramatic eruption of AD 79 interrupted the building activities undertaken in the area.

The site was first excavated in the 19th and early 20th centuries, following which its earliest remains have been traditionally assigned to the early Roman phase (post-80 BC), while a more recent interpretation dates the establishment of the monumental sanctuary to the second half of the second century BC.

The results of the archaeological excavations conducted in 2004-2007 and some tests carried out by Mount Allison University and the University of Missouri in the summer of 2017 have revealed the existence of architectural structures and votive deposits below the earliest monumental sanctuary dating from the third and second centuries BC, a period known as the Samnite phase of Pompeii.

Following these discoveries, scholars hypothesized the existence of a Samnite cult place dedicated to the Oscan goddess Mefitis, a sanctuary that would have been later rebuilt in the monumental appearance we can admire today when visiting the site.

The cult of Mefitis would thus have been turned into a cult of Venus when Pompeii became a Roman colony in 80 BC. This evidence would be of paramount importance as a contribution to our understanding of “Samnite Pompeii” and its cult places and the impact that the Roman conquest had on the Samnite city and its religious life and established cults.

Developing from this hypothesis, in summer 2017 theVenus Pompeiana Projectstarted a new broad campaign of archaeological excavations the Sanctuary of Venus, with the main goal of illuminating layout and function of the structures that predate the monumental sanctuary, and aspects of continuity or rupture with the later sanctuary of Venus and its cultic forms.

The ultimate goal of this project, in fact, is to increase understanding of the overall urban setting of Pompeii and its genesis, with a special focus on the contribution of the Samnite people to the urban development of the ancient city and the impact that the Roman conquest had on the architectural forms of its main monuments.

Project directors

Ilaria Battiloro (Mount Allison University) <ibattiloro@mta.ca>
Marcello Mogetta (University of Missouri)

Goals for student participants
This program is designed to offer students a holistic view of methodologies and techniques of modern archaeological research, as well as the main theoretical issues related to this discipline, through an extended period of experiential learning.

Students will participate in every aspect of excavations from basic digging techniques, to finds processing, artifact analysis, environmental sampling, plan and section drawing, and archaeological photography.

Another, but no less important, aim of this course is to familiarize students with the role of archaeological sources (“material culture”) in reconstructing social and cultural history of ancient populations.

Project size  1-15 participants

Program logistics
The Archaeological Field School in Pompeii takes place over five weeks during May and June.

Eligibility requirements
There are no prerequisites for the field school, and students from any discipline will be considered for the program. Nonetheless, coursework in a relevant area is desirable, and selection will be based on the merit of the student’s application and the relevance of their coursework and academic training to the archaeological field school.

Students must have a valid passport with at least six (6) months remaining after the end of the Field School in Pompeii.

Application requirements
» A completed Archaeological Field School Application Form (click here)

Application deadline: January 14, 2022

If you are a non-MtA student and have been conditionally accepted to the program, you are required to do the following:

complete a visiting student application for Mount Allison University
fill out a Letter of Permission through your home university and then submit a copy of your transfer credit evaluation form to provide proof of transfer credits toward your degree
Cost
The cost for the program includes:

course tuition (see the Mount Allison University Registrar ‘s Office for details)
a participation fee
a $125 Study Abroad and Exchange fee
The participation fee is $2,800 (CDN), which includes accommodation in hotel, breakfast (7 days per week), lunch (5 days per week), dinner (5 days per week), insurance (Guard.me), and program and equipment costs for the field school. This fee is exclusive of airfare and tuition for the credit courses. Subject to change.

Interested students should contact Dr. Ilaria Battiloro (ibattiloro@mta.ca) for further information.


SICILIAN MARITIME HERITAGE: SUMMER 2022 ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD RESEARCH FOR PROJECT ‘U MARI (Sicily)

Field school dates: June 18 – July 29, 2023
Applications deadline: March 3, 2023

Project website: https://archaeology.stanford.edu/academicsfield-schools/archaeological-research-sicilian-maritime-heritage

About Project ‘U Mari

Project ‘U Mari (“the sea” in local Sicilian dialect) explores the maritime heritage of southeast Sicily, examining millennia of maritime life and connections across the Mediterranean from a key vantage point between west and east, south and north. Participants will work on one or more of the broad project’s key initiatives: conservation and analysis of artifacts from shipwrecks in the area, archaeological investigations at the ancient fishing town of Vendicari, survey and excavation of a shipwreck in Vendicari’s port, 3D scanning and archival documentation of the material culture and traditions of 2500 years of tuna fishing, among others. These efforts serve not only to promote new research into historical livelihoods along the sea, but guide our consideration into how best to preserve and present a diverse maritime past through exhibits and other forms of public engagement.

Undergraduate Field School

The focus of Project ‘U Mari for field school students is:

• Archaeological survey and excavation on land
• Underwater archaeological investigations
• Study of archaeological finds
• 3-D documentation of heritage
• Public engagement and preservation of the past

In 2023, prospective Project ‘U Mari field school participants will have an option to specify in their application if they wish to be considered for a diving or a non-diving role.

Pre-departure training and coursework

Project ‘U Mari has a pre-field training requirement that takes place over the course of the spring. Accepted students are expected to undertake this training and preparation within the framework of the spring quarter course, ARCHLGY 140: Sicily and the Sea (note that the timing of this course may change).

On site

Field training for students is divided into several major components, of which each student may participate in several: training as archaeological divers and underwater work on site, methods of survey and excavation on land, finds and conservation work in the lab, and 3D and other methods of heritage documentation and museum work.

Field training for diving students will initially focus on the development of skills for archaeology underwater; this training will allow participation in the survey and excavation of shipwreck sites and artifact assemblages in tandem with the methodologies of conservation and recording of waterlogged objects. Field training for students wishing to work on land will focus on practical methodological skills for both survey and excavation, allowing them to participate in the new investigations of an ancient port settlement and the processing and analysis of finds.

Students will generally spend part of their training in the field, on land or underwater, and part on heritage documentation or museum development. Students will also play a major role in the work we do with objects back in the museum and lab: not only conservation, 3D documentation, and study of finds, but leveraging these materials to help implement new research, exhibit, and heritage management strategies. Students will also have opportunities to play a role in smaller-team fieldwork that focuses on more recent heritage associated with traditional fishing and contemporary refugee journeys.

All students should expect to work Monday-Saturday for the entire six-week field school, participating each day in fieldwork, artifact documentation, research, and conservation in the lab. To broaden and deepen student engagement with this material culture, the project organizes discussions, talks, and demonstrations by staff and visiting scholars. Students are encouraged to hone and develop their research interests through their work in Sicily, and students in the past have used the field school as the first step toward pursuing a research program and specialty in consultation with Stanford faculty, graduate students, and professional archaeologists from around the world.

A day in the life of archaeology in southeast Sicily

Emma Charity (‘25), a 2022 field school participant Project ‘U Mari, writes about her experience conducting archaeological work in southeast Sicily:

Our days in Sicily were long, but well-paced and extremely fulfilling. We woke up around 6:30 for breakfast at 7. After a brief team meeting, the dive team (myself included) would head to the dive shop. We set up our equipment and headed out to dive. The boat ride was my favorite part of the day: the salty Sicilian breeze in the morning, views of the gorgeous beach, and many laughs. Some days we would survey new areas and other days we would work on an excavation. 

After the dive, it’s lunch and dive log time. We met about finds on the dive and wrote them in detail on our dive logs. Mateo’s restaurant makes amazing pastas and salads. It was always a pleasant surprise to see what the folks at his restaurant whipped up. Jasmine, dive assistant and amazing waitress, was always a warm smile to see at lunch. Shout out Jasmine! After lunch we had a two-hour siesta. This break helped me pace out my day and maintain my personal health and balance. Some days I would get gelato with other students, other times just take a nap. 

In the afternoons, I would work on the excavation project of the boat that carried displaced people across the Mediterranean. This project was difficult some days but had so much purpose and really changed my relationship with human rights work. We documented items and added them to a catalogue for further research. After our afternoon projects, we showered and met up for a team dinner around 8. I had a great time in Sicily and made long lasting connections and friendships!

Requirements for participation

  • CPR/first aid certification from an approved agency (to be arranged on campus for students in ARCHLGY 140)
  • Medical exam, which can be completed at Vaden Health Center (for diving students, this will be a diving-specific exam, and you will receive a form to complete)
  • Applicants will need an updated passport by the time of acceptance
  • By applying you agree to your application being reviewed by the Project ‘U Mari Mentors
  • The Archaeology Center requires that all field students participate in SURPS (Symposia for Undergraduate Research and Public Service). Students from each field experience are expected to work together to complete an application, prepare a poster, and present at the SURPS event the Friday of reunion-homecoming weekend.
  • Each of our field experiences is part of an ongoing research project led by a Stanford faculty member. While working remotely, undergraduates are expected to contribute to the team effort of the archaeological project at the faculty member’s direction. Field work can take the form of a number of different activities. Each day’s activities can look different, and may change depending on the evolving direction of the research. Students participating in a field experience should be prepared to be flexible and responsive to the instructions of the faculty member or other senior project staff.

Funding information:

  • Students will receive stipends from VPUE. Stipend amounts will be determined by VPUE and will be communicated to students when they are accepted to the field project.
  • Students who plan to participate in an archaeology field experience cannot receive a major grant or a Chappell-Lougee scholarship within the same academic year as their field experience.
  • Note for 2022-2023: To be eligible, undergraduate students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their full-time grant funded project begins, and they must use their Flex Term during the full-time project opportunity.

Contact: Professor Justin Leidwanger

Email: jleidwa@stanford.edu

Learn more about Project ‘U Mari (www.umari.net) and its predecessor, the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project (marzamemi.stanford.edu)

Learn more about general field experience opportunities with the Stanford Archaeology Center.

Applications for 2023 will open in January and will close on March 3, 2023. Read more about the opportunity and Apply Here!


FIELD SCHOOL IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND BIOARCHAEOLOGY AT BADIA POZZEVERI  (Lucca, Italy)

Field School Pozzeveri in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology – 1st Session

Date: July 3 to July 28, 2023

Program websites: https://www.paleopatologia.it/attivita/field-school-pozzeveri-in-archaeology-and-bioarchaeology/

See also https://www.unipi.it/index.php/humanities/item/3892-field-school-pozzeveri-in-medieval-archaeology-and-bioarchaeology

Project introductory video can be seen here

Registration link: https://www.unipi.it/index.php/humanities/item/3892-summer-school-field-school-pozzeveri-in-medieval-archaeology-and-bioarchaeology

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy)

NEW 2023 PROGRAM!

The program is open to up to 15 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students in archaeology, anthropology or allied disciplines from any country and institution.

The Excavation Site:

The field school takes place by a monastery that flourished during the 12th to 13th centuries thanks to its location along the Via Francigena, a major trade and pilgrimage route, which connected France and Northern Europe with Rome throughout the entire Middle Ages. The monastery’s decline started in the 14th century and eventually led to its dissolution in the 15th century. San Pietro’s church remained as the village’s center of worship and is still in use.

Previous excavations conducted at teh site exposed human burials dated to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern (18th-19th c.) times. Additionally, archaeological investigations revealed the buried remnants of the structures belonging to the medieval church and cloister of the abbey (11th-13th c.). During the 2023 field season, the field school will continue to explore the medieval contexts of the site, including the cemetery as well as the monastery’s ruins.

San Pietro’s church was once the part of a Camaldolese monastery, which was founded in the 11th century on the shores of Lake Bientina. The medieval lake, now entirely dried up, extended between Lucca and the Arno River.

The field school is a project created and managed by the University of Pisa, investigating biocultural complexity in the region surrounding Lucca during the Middle Ages. Specifically, the research project has the following objectives:

• Excavation and analysis of the monastery’s cemetery, with particular attention to population demography, burial typology, and funerary ritual

• Bioarchaeological analysis of the medieval population buried at Badia Pozzeveri, with particular attention to biological diversity, paleopathology, and activity patterns.

• Reconstruction of the settlement’s evolution from the Early Middle Ages until Modern times.

• Analysis of material culture from a monastic center along the Via Francigena, with particular attention to trade dynamics, diffusion of technical knowledge and economic activities related to monastic life.

Fee info:  EUR 2,200

Scholarships:  Available. Please write to the coordinator for further details.

Full project details and application link can be found at https://www.paleopatologia.it/attivita/field-school-pozzeveri-in-archaeology-and-bioarchaeology/#how-to-apply

     


Archeodig Project at the Roman seaside settlement of Poggio del Molino (near Populonia, Tuscany)

[Outdated information, awaiting update] Date: 2-week session in June 2022, or 4-week session in June and July 2022 (exact dates not yet posted)
Application deadline: April 2022
Project website: https://www.archeodig.com/pdm-ac.html     and click here for a brochure

For an application form/expression of interest, click here: https://www.archeodig.com/forms/Application_activ_aca.pdf

Overview

The Archeodig Project announces the opening of applications of Expressions of Interest for its 2022 field season at the Roman seaside settlement of Poggio del Molino (near Populonia, Tuscany). Excavations at Poggio del Molino will be entering their twelfth consecutive year under the direction of Archeodig, an international archaeological project supported in the United States by the University of Arizona.

The archaeological site of Poggio del Molino overlooks the Tyrhennian Sea on a promontory forming the northern edge of the Gulf of Baratti, today a popular beach destination but in Etruscan and Roman times an important center of trade and iron production. At the southern edge of the gulf, just a few kilometers away, rests the Roman city of Populonia. During its long history, the territory around Populonia (including the Gulf of Baratti and Poggio del Molino itself) shifted from Etruscan to Roman control, a process which still presents many unanswered questions and remains a key research focus of the excavations at Poggio del Molino.

Poggio del Molino preserves many centuries of diverse activities and phases of construction including a Roman fortress, a fish-sauce production facility, a seaside villa, and a late antique settlement. After a decade of work, the details of how these changes unfolded over time are still being understood by the archaeologists of the Archeodig project. As an organisation which places public and student involvement as a top priority, Archeodig seeks student volunteers who wish to develop a foundational knowledge of field archaeology and contribute to the many interesting and ongoing research questions posed by the site of Poggio del Molino.

Accommodations:
Students will stay in comfortable apartments located in Piombino, a city about 15 minutes away from the excavation. Apartments will include wifi, a fully equipped kitchen, and basic amenities.
Living in Piombino:
Piombino is a lively coastal city with a world class archaeological museum and a walkable historical center. After site and during the weekends, students will be free to explore the city as they wish and get a taste for life in a coastal Tuscan town.

For past work on the restoration of Roman mosaics, click here

The archaeological field school at Poggio del Molino includes both a two-week and four-week option for university students. The purpose of the field school is to provide basic instruction in archaeological field practice (including excavation, documentation, and artifact analysis) as well as to provide students with the opportunity to become of a part of the Poggio del Molino community. Students will additionally have the option of participating in a variety of field laboratories which will provide specialized instruction on ceramic analysis, archaeological topography, and 3D photogrammetry. On select days of the week, students will attend lectures that provide a contextual basis for the knowledge they will gain in the field.

Activities include:

  • Removing soil around artifacts with trowels, brushes, and other tools.
  • Help record excavations where objects have been uncovered
  • Clean and catalog finds, analyse the source and age of building materials.
  • Reconstruction from pottery finds
  • Other site visits
  • A course credit is applicable on our 4 week session

ACADEMIC SESSIONS OVERVIEW:

Price: US $1800-$3200; Tuition US $1000

Contacts: The Archaeological Field School at Poggio del Molino, via della Pieve. 6, Livorno, 57127 IT Tuscany, Italy

Tel. +39-339-7544-4899


KENYA

TURKANA BASIN ORIGINS FIELD SCHOOL

Date: contact the project for 2022 dates

Project website: https://www.kenyastudyabroad.org/

Application information here

Do you have an interest in science and the world around you? Would you like to visit one of the most remote and interesting parts of Africa? The Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) offers, through Stony Brook University, several remarkable field education opportunities in the Lake Turkana region of Kenya.

In ourOrigins Field School, students examine the paleontology, archaeology, and ancient environment surrounding Lake Turkana, renowned for its wealth of fossils and artifacts documenting all major stages of human development. Whether participants opt for ourOrigins Semesterprogram or ourOrigins Summerprogram, they will explore important and interesting sites and environments throughout the Turkana Basin. Our newGlobal Innovation Summer Field Schoolinvestigates innovative technological solutions to real-life problems with an aim to improve the lives of people around the world.

Origins Field School

OPEN TO ALL MAJORS! Explore the paleontology, archaeology, and ancient environment of the Lake Turkana Basin, in East Africa’s Rift Valley, made famous by the Leakey family and their colleagues for five decades of groundbreaking research into the origins of humankind.

The Origins Field School is offered as two distinct yet integrative programs: theSemester Abroad program, offered in both the fall and spring, and theSummer Program. You can attend either or both, as the material covered is complementary rather than duplicative. Each offers the academic adventure of a lifetime as you earn upper-level credits studying at TBI’s state-of-the-art campuses in northern Kenya.

Watch video

Read: Top ten reasons to join the Origins Field School

We look forward to offering our Summer field school soon.

  • Dates for the summer program arecoming soon.
  • Earn 9 upper-division credits
  • Open to all majors

Do you want to learn about the methods used to understand ancient humans and the environments in which they lived, discover fossils and artifacts, and visit field sites where some of the most important prehistoric discoveries were made?

TBI’s Origins Summer Field School addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that position. This program focuses on hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and includes field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin. Participants will work directly with leading scientists and do fieldwork at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3 (the oldest stone tool site in the world).

If you have questions about the programs, please call or emailAlicia DeRosalia in TBI’s office at Stony Brook University:

Alicia DeRosalia, Administrator
Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University
N-507 Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 USA

Phone: (631) 632-5800

Email: turkanabasin@stonybrook.edu

 


PERU

EL CAMPANARIO ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT. HUARMEY – PERU (BIOARCHAEOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY FIELDWORK)

Date: July 11 to Aug 12, 2022   Deadline: March 31, 2022

Project details can be found here

OVERVIEW

The aim of the El Campanario Archaeological Project is to increase our understanding of the Casma culture that occupied the northern coast of Peru. There are different aspects of the Casma society that are still unclear within the archaeological community, thus by continuing with the archeological excavation and remains analysis, we can reconstruct past social behavior of the Casma people. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the development of the cultural history in the Huarmey Valley with the hope that local communities will perceive archaeological sites as areas that contain the key to understanding past social systems that must be protected.

Participants will learn excavation methods, mapping, profile drawing, recognizing cultural layers of occupation, identifying human remains, and recovering and identifying various archaeological material such as pottery, stone tools, textiles, animal bones, seeds, and sea shells. During the laboratory work portion, participants will learn artifact classification, botanical analysis, pottery analysis, textile analysis, and lithic analysis. El Campanario Archaeological Project will offer two separate fieldwork sections:

Bioarchaeology Section (5 Weeks): This section will consist of excavating the cemetery and laboratory work. This section will focus on osteology analysis, population demography, funerary rituals, and paleopathologies.

Archaeology Section (5 Weeks): This section will consist of fieldwork and material analysis, whereby participants will spend half of the fieldwork excavating the adobe platform and the other half on excavating the cemetery. This section will also include the analysis of human remains during the laboratory portion.

Academic Credits: El Campanario Archaeological Project (ECAP) does not offer academic credits to participants. However, the project team lead is willing to work with students to aid them in obtaining credits through their own academic institutions. 

To learn more click here

 

Contact: Dr. Jose L. Peña (Project Director)

721 S. Adanirom Judson Ave. Corona de Tucson, AZ, 85641

Email: ecaphuarmey@hotmail.com

Website: https://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/el-campanario-archaeological-project-huarmey-peru-bioarchaeology-and-archaeology-fieldwork/

Application Form: https://www.archaeological.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ECAPapplication-2.pdf

 


PIAPAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, PERU

Dates: Session 1: June 4 – July 2, 2022

Session 2: July 2 – July 30, 2022

Enrollment Status: Open. Payment Deadline: April 15, 2022

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

During the Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1000-1400) the Chimú, a militaristic empire on the Peruvian coast, conducted a series of expansions conquering the Lambayeque to the north and the Casma to the south. While past research has viewed conquered groups as static and passive receptors to foreign influence, current research suggests that locals respond in multiple ways based on their own worldviews, agendas, and values. This project focuses on examining how the Casma in the Nepeña valley responded during and after Chimú conquest and how these responses allowed them to persist. Since 2017, the project directors have excavated at the Casma settlement of Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña to examine Casma-Chimú interactions and how local elites reacted to Chimú conquest. Pan de Azúcar de Nepeña consists of a large fortified adobe stepped platform that is surrounded by 13 mounds and a large necropolis. Participants will gain excavation skills through uncovering elite Casma and Chimú material culture and intact buried buildings in the mounds, as well as excavating burials in the necropolis to examine Casma-Chimú interactions. Participants will also gain basic ceramic, textile, and skeletal analysis skills. Students will stay in a field house located in the hospitable town of Nepeña. Aside from excavation and laboratory analysis, participants will learn about Peruvian prehistory through lectures and field trips, one of which will be overnight in the beach town Huanchaco to visit Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

Dr. Erell Hubert, Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (erell.hubert@gmail.com)
Jenna Hurtubise, Ph.D. candidate, University of Alabama (Ph.D pending – will graduate in May 2022) (jrhurtubise@crimson.ua.edu)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

   
 



POLAND

FIELD SCHOOL IN MORTUARY ARCHAEOLOGY POLAND 2023

Dates: Session I: June 26 to July 19, 2023

Session II: July 20 to August 12, 2023

Project website: http://www.slavia.org/  Request the Summer 2022 project info packet here

In the summer of 2023 we offer an intensive learning experience in human osteology and mortuary archaeology at the medieval inhumation burial grounds in Giecz and Gać. All students get involved in the fieldwork, receiving hands-on experience in the excavation of human burials and related archaeological features from their discovery to final removal. The Field School includes a strong laboratory component which provides an opportunity to practice identification of complete and fragmentary human skeletal remains. Read more

Participants will receive training in:

  • Adult and Juvenile Osteology
  • Human Burial Excavation
  • Bioarchaeology in Practice
  • Early Medieval Funerary Practices in Poland
  • Archaeological Field Research Techniques
  • Archaeological Material Processing and Curation

The Mortuary Archaeology Field School provides a unique opportunity for archaeology and bioarchaeology students, as well as future practitioners of forensic sciences and anyone interested in mortuary archeology, to learn recovery and documentation techniques on both archaeological and human remains. The language of the project is English. Academic credits are available.

In the summer of 2023, we offer seven weeks of bioarcheological exploration and practice at two medieval sites in Poland. The program is divided into two sessions:

  • June 26 – July 19
  • July 20 – August 12

The application deadline is rolling until ALL SPACES ARE FILLED. The number of places is limited. In order to get the Information Packet and the Application Form please visit here.

Slavia is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting archaeological research in Poland. Through the Slavia Project we offer opportunities for volunteers and students to participate in current archaeological excavations, learn archaeological techniques, and explore details of Polish history that are yet unknown. Poland’s rich history provides a treasury of information about people, cultures, and events of the past.

Based at the Museum of the First Piasts at Lake Lednica, Poland, the Slavia Foundation carries on archaeological projects in cooperation with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. We provide an opportunity for international students to gain experience in many aspects of prehistoric and medieval mortuary archaeology. A no less important goal of this project is to introduce our guests to Polish culture and history by interacting with locals and through educational tours and lectures.

The First Piasts Museum at Lednica is one of the largest open-air museums in Poland. It administers and protects Lednica and Giecz, two jewels of early Polish history (10–11 c. AD). A variety of research is conducted here in cooperation with the leading academic center of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań making the Museum a remarkable educational institution.

Slavia Project

The Slavia Summer Field School in Archaeology began in 1998 in the Lednica region as a joint project of scholars from Adam Mickiewicz University, First Piasts Museum and Slavia Foundation. From the start the project was directed to international students seeking archaeological adventure in Poland. It initially offered experience in the Lednica region which included excavation of a medieval, wooden bridge abutment on Ostrów Lednicki island as well as a medieval cemetery in Dziekanowice.

In the year 2000 the project moved to Giecz starting salvage excavations at the medieval cemetery adjacent to the remains of a local, medieval stronghold. The primary focus on exploration of medieval burials and the variety of related issues in physical anthropology resulted in the new definition of the School’s specialization. The main area of instruction offered to the students have become human osteology and mortuary archaeology and the school was re-named as the International Slavia Field School In Mortuary Archaeology (also known as the „Slavia Project”). Also the team has become international joined by scholars from Ohio State University, USA.

From 2008 the Slavia Project has become responsible for rescue excavations at the endangered archaeological site of Drawsko. The archaeological works are carried out under the name of the International Slavia Field School In Mortuary Archaeology following all its procedures. This project is a joint effort of researchers from the Museum of Czarnków, Slavia Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz University, State University of New York at Oneonta and numerous international students taking part in the School activities.

Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Giecz, Poland

For 10 years (1999-2008) Giecz Archaeological Complex has been a training ground for many international anthropology students who tirelessly mastered their practical skills in osteology and archaeology helping out at the Slavia excavations of the 12th century inhumation cemetery, commonly known as Giecz, site 4. Since then, many of these people have successfully pursued their careers in forensic sciences, bioarchaeology, or archaeology. Some of them have become university professors.

Now, the Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology is pleased to invite new generations of anthropology students for a new joint effort at site 10 in Giecz. This site, which was discovered three years ago, is another inhumation cemetery and dates back to the beginning of the 11th century AD. Two pilot excavation seasons revealed 35 burials following the Christian rite, with bodies oriented east- west. The human remains feature very good preservation and include skeletons of both sexes and all age categories including newborns. Most burials have a variety of grave goods typical for western Slavs, and some are outstandingly well furnished. Among every day utensils such as iron knives, hardware fittings, and clay vessels, some graves have jewelry and decorations such as earrings, metal and glass rings, glass and carnelian bead necklaces. Some of the dead are even equipped with wooden buckets! Clearly this cemetery represents a spectrum of the local community’s social stratification. It cannot be ruled out that the richest graves belong to members of the Piast royal elite.

The Slavia Project, Mortuary Archaeology Field School in Giecz welcomes all students wishing to gain practical experience in excavating human remains and other aspects of mortuary archaeology. We are looking forward to your input in the search for yet undiscovered secrets of this site and will be happy to work with you. As the cemetery is located on an agricultural field and is subject to destructive deep plowing, your work will not only give you hands-on experience, but also the satisfaction of conserving and protecting an exceptional historical site. At the moment, the only way to preserve this unique treasure of Polish heritage is to meticulously investigate and document it. We hope you will help us to get this job done.

Contact the project for additional details here

 


 

PORTUGAL

CASTLE DE CUNCOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT, PORTUGAL 

Dates: July 10, 2022 to August 6, 2022

Deadline: June 10, 2022

Project details can be found here

OVERVIEW

Applications are now open for the fourth season of fieldwork at Castelo de Cuncos, an Iron Age/Roman Republican walled settlement located in the Central Alentejo.

Castelo de Monte Novo (known locally as Castelo de Cuncos) is a large Iron Age/Roman Republican era settlement located in Central Alentejo Portugal. So far, our work has revealed a substantial fortified settlement which appears to have been abruptly abandoned in the Late Roman Republican Period (1st Century BCE). Burned outer walls and the discovery of Roman weaponry during excavation suggests evidence of conflict. For the 2022 summer season we will continue excavation and hope to gain a better understanding of the site from its Iron Age origins until its likely violent end during the Roman Republican period.

Students will receive instructions in various archaeological methods such as excavation and surveying techniques, the processing and handling of artefacts, and the recording and illustrating of exposed areas. Prior experience in archaeology is not required. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students and volunteers are welcome.

Tuition for the 4-week session (including room, board, and transportation within Portugal) is $1800 USD (July 10 – August 06)

Tuition for the 2-week session (including room, board, and transportation within Portugal) is $1200 USD (July 10 – July 23)

Contact: Alex Elliot
53 1f Thistle Street, Edinburgh Scotland
Email: ame9@st-andrews.ac.uk

Application Process:http://www.castelodecuncosproject.com/application.html

     

 


BIOARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2022: LIFE AND DEATH IN MEDIEVAL PORTUGAL

DATES: Summer 2022 (Contact the program for exact dates)

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Program Website (Simon Fraser University): https://sfu-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs&mode=form&id=3a196661179943451020550b17b01897&au=&ck=

Program Overview
The Simon Fraser University Department of Archaeology is pleased to offer a field school focusing on the archaeology, history and culture of Southern Portugal. Students will traveling to three locations for training, hands-on lab and field experience in the excavation and interpretation of human remains from funerary contexts. At these locations students will also be going for visits to archaeologically, historically and culturally significant sites.

The first and second weeks will be spent in the cities of Santarém and Faro, respectively, where students will attend lectures about archaeology and history of the regions, as well as attend labs to learn and practice various bioarchaeology field and lab techniques, as well as to familiarize themselves with various types of archaeological materials they will encounter. Students will then spend an additional three weeks excavating an archaeological cemetery in the old walled village of Cacela Velha, municipality of Vila Real de Santo António. Here they will be involved in a series of practical activities such as archaeological survey, excavation of funerary and non-funerary contexts, field photography, drawing and recording, geo-mapping, interpretation of stratigraphy, exhumation, field and lab processing and conservation of human remains. While working at the site, students will be staying in the nearby beautiful beach town of Manta Rota.

Field School Director: Dr. Hugo Cardoso, <hcardoso@sfu.ca>

An academic reference is required for this program
Visiting Undergraduate students are welcome.
The program is intended for undergraduate students, but if you are a graduate student interested in participating, please contact the Field School Director to discuss the possibility of completing a Directed Studies.
See application instructions here.

Program Eligibility
If you do not meet one of the below eligibility requirements but are interested in participating, please contact the Field School Director (Dr. Hugo Cardoso, hcardoso@sfu.ca) to see if the requirement can be waived.

Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements

Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses
Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
SFU Students: be in Good Academic Standing at the time of application
Consent of the Field School Director
Completion of ARCH 131, ARCH 201*
Recommended: Completion of ARCH 434 and ARCH 373
* Or another institution’s equivalent.

Selection Criteria

•Meeting eligibility requirements
•Academic standing
•Meeting recommended completion of ARCH373
•Preference for students who have completed the archaeological field methods course (ARCH 434) and have previous experience and/or familiarity with human remains
•Demonstrated interest
•Academic references
The Field School Selection Committee reserves the right to conduct intake interviews in addition to reviewing the completed application as part of the application process. The Field School Selection Committee for each Field School program will select qualified participants. Decisions are expected 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

How to apply as a non-SFU student

Qualified undergraduate students from institutions other than SFU are eligible to apply. Visiting students must arrange for transfer credit with their home institution, as well as for a transcript after completion.

You will need to complete an application to this program in addition to a Visiting Undergraduate Student Field School Application, which is embedded within the program application. Both applications must be complete and submitted by the application deadline for your Field School. See more information here.

Academics
Language of Instruction
English
Subject Areas Available
Archaeology
Exchanges: The names of the subject areas may be different at the partner. The above does not guarantee availability in a specific term or language, nor how courses taken on exchange will transfer back to SFU. This list may be subject to change. Use the above list as a guideline for exploring academic options at the partner.

Field School Program Information
Courses
The program totals 9 – 12 undergraduate credits, depending on course selection.

ARCH 433-3: Background to Field Methods. For a full course syllabus, please click here.

ARCH 436-6: Archaeological Field Work Practicum. For a full course syllabus, please click here.

Optional, ARCH 434-3: Archaeological Field Methods. Offered in the summer semester prior to departure.

Optional, ARCH 479-3: Directed Readings. Students requiring 12 credits for scholarship purposes may discuss taking this course with the Field School Director.

Course prerequisites, while recommended, can be waived with permission from the Field School Director.

Dates
Late February – mid-March: Mandatory virtual Canvas Program
March TBD: Pre-Departure Orientation
May 1: Date by which we will confirm if program is proceeding. Do not book flights or confirm other arrangements until after this date.
June 11-12: Date to fly into Santarem.
June 13 – 17: Study in Santarem
June 18 – 19: Travel to Faro & rest day
June 20 – 24: Study in Faro
June 24 – 26: Travel to Manta Rota & rest days
June 27 – July 17: Study in Manta Rota (rest days on weekends). Students may leave anytime after 2pm on July 15th.
* Dates are provided as a guideline and are subject to change.

     

 


ROMANIA

ROMAN VILLA AND SETTLEMENT EXCAVATION FIELD SCHOOL SUMMER 2023, TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA 

Dates: June 4 To July 29, 2023 (Session 1: June 4 to July 1, 2023; Session 2: July 2 to July 29, 2023)

Website: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/applied-field-geophysics-gpr

Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-excavation-and-gpr

OVERVIEW

The Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation offers a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, respectively the northern Dacian Provinces (i.e. modern historical Transylvania, Romania), through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. The integrated outcomes of our various approaches have already yielded extraordinary results: a palatial size villa with a rural built space of ca. one hectare, surrounded by massive fortification walls decorated with exterior and interior frescoes, richly built two-story buildings containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, mint condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our 2023 target excavation, the “central building” of the villa, has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and living practices. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations, have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions.

Furthermore, participants can significantly expand their skill set with our Intensive Digital Curation and Applications in Close-Range Photogrammetry Workshop, which is an intensive 5-day training program in photogrammetric survey, data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, with an emphasis on digital curation of archaeological material. The program is designed to offer participants training in a set of skills which are rapidly finding applications in the cultural heritage sector, museology and museography, but also in other fields such as architecture, engineering, manufacturing, video game design, and law enforcement to name a few. Our participants will acquire the necessary practical and analytical skills necessary to properly incorporate photogrammetric applications into their pre-existing career toolbox, with a special focus on the cultural heritage sector. The culmination of the workshop will include the production and publication of a digital museum exhibition as a demonstration of the skills learned during the workshop. Our program is unique because it contextualizes a theoretical science in the practical setting of real museums, studying real artifacts.

Program details:

Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation Field School (4 weeks, excavation) – Session Dates: June 4 – July 1, 2023; July 2 – July 29, 2023.

Intensive Digital Curation and Applications in Close-Range Photogrammetry Workshop (5-day, photogrammetry workshop – add-on project) – Session Dates: May 30 – June 3, 2023; June 25 – July 1, 2023; July 30 – August 5, 2023.

Roman Villa Excavation and Photogrammetry Applications Workshop (4 weeks, integrated photogrammetry and excavation project) – Session Dates:June 4 – July 1, 2023

Location: Roman Villa Excavation: Rapoltu Mare, Transylvania (Hunedoara County), Romania

Photogrammetry Applications Workshop: Museum of Roman and Dacian Civilizations – Deva, Transylvania (Hunedoara County), Romania
Website: Roman Villa Excavation: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/roman-villa-excavation
Photogrammetry Applications Workshop: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/photogrammetry-applications

Program Directors / Instructors: Dr. Andre Gonciar and Dr. William Henry
Contact: Dr. Andre Gonciar (Director – ArchaeoTek / BioArch Canada) at archaeology@archaeotek.org

The new 2023 Syllabi can downloaded from each project web page and will be shortly available.

This field school is one of several operated in collaboration with ArchaeoTek

 


Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology Field School in Baia Mare, Romania

Dates: July 8 to August 5, 2023

Website: https://rivulusdominarum.com/

Application Form: https://rivulusdominarum.com/Identity/Account/Register

The 14th-17th century Piaţa Cetăţii cemetery was excavated between 2012 and 2014, resulting in the exhumation of approximately 800-1200 human burials. This was a salvage excavation, necessitated by an EU-funded redesign of the town’s historical center. As a participant in Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology’s 2023 Transylvanian Laboratory Project, you will play an essential role in the preliminary analysis of the Piaţa Cetăţii skeletal collection, and will learn invaluable skills in osteological preparation and analysis directly from the project’s primary investigators.

The Goal of Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology’s 2023 Transylvanian Laboratory Project

  • Clean the human remains and prepare them for study
  • Formulate biological profiles for the 800-1200 individual burials at Piaţa Cetăţii
  • Increase legibility in Complex 66, a mass grave with indications of perimortem trauma

The first objective is what makes the project such a unique opportunity for its students. While you will not be excavating human remains, you will begin your work on the Piaţa Cetăţii collection at precisely the point at which excavation ceased. While most human remains in teaching laboratories have already been prepped and curated, the Piaţa Cetăţii collection is untouched. Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology will teach you how to properly clean and prepare human osteological material for study. This skill-set, which is rarely developed by students outside of advanced graduate work, will familiarize you with bioarchaeological laboratory standards from the ground up.

Once the burials are cleaned and prepped for study, you will formulate biological profiles. These estimations of age-at-death, sex, and pathology are the building blocks of bioarchaeological research. You will gain experience formulating these profiles for both well-preserved skeletons and skeletons in the more fragmentary state that is typically encountered in the field. This advanced training will situate Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology students in extremely competitive positions for future employment in conservation or museum studies, and graduate work in archaeology, bioarchaeology, or other field sciences.

As a participant of Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology’s 2023 Transylvanian Laboratory Project, you will receive graduate-level training in Bioarchaeological, Forensic, and Archaeological theory and methods, including new and innovative multidisciplinary research frameworks that are rarely taught in other field learning programs. You will learn:

THEORY
  • Theories of Mass Grave Formation
  • Violence Theory
  • Black Feminist Archaeology
  • Queer Theory
  • Decolonizing Bioarchaeology
  • Bioarchaeological Storytelling
METHOD
  • Osteological Cleaning & Prep
  • Fragment ID & Siding
  • Skeletal Recording
  • Age-at-Death & Sex Estimation
  • Paleopathology & Skeletal Trauma
  • Analysis of Commingled Remains
Want to learn more?
Applications for Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology’s 2023 Transylvanian Laboratory Project are open now!Create your profileto register for our upcoming info-session, learn more about this unique opportunity, andapplyRegistered applicants will have access to restricted areas of the site, including discussion forums and applicant-only blog posts.
Rivulus Dominarum: Bioarchaeology of a Transylvanian Mining Town

Rivulus Dominarum is a town of many names. When the people represented by the Piaţa Cetăţii skeletal collection called it home, the town was known as Rivulus Dominarum, which is where our project gets its name. Between the 19th century and the end of World War I, the town was known by the Hungarian name of Nagybanya. Following the end of the war and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the town, along with most of Transylvania became officially part of the Kingdom of Romania. Despite reverting back to Hungarian control briefly during World War II, Transylvania remains Romanian and Rivulus Dominarum is now known by the Romanian name of Baia Mare, or “Big Mine”.

Maramureș county, where contemporary Baia Mare is located, was the metallurgical epicenter of Transylvania for almost 3,000 years. During the medieval era, Rivulus Dominarum was one of the most important Transylvanian mining towns in the Kingdom of Hungary, enjoying special privileges and social freedoms denied non-mining towns. With its long and continuous history of gold mining, the town represents an incredible opportunity to study the impact of mining and its biosocial consequences.

The analysis of the Piaţa Cetăţii skeletal collection, which you will play an instrumental part in formulating, is just one aspect of what promises to be a lengthy list of future research projects in Baia Mare. Very few bioarchaeological studies of mining exist, and fewer still that consider the biosocial role that mining played in mortality, community health, and social identity both inside and outside of the mines. Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology places the embodiment of mining and its biosocial consequences within the larger community at the epicenter of our project; for this reason, we will not be attempting to determine who did and did not work directly in the mines. Mining will instead be studied as it would have been experienced by the individuals represented by the Piaţa Cetăţii skeletal collection: as a phenomenon that would have impacted the biological and social lives of all the inhabitants of the mining town, in one form or another. These impacts would have included not only injury or death in the mines, but also illnesses contracted through contaminated drinking water, congenital disorders resulting from maternal exposure to heavy metals, or injuries sustained through domestic abuse in mining households. Each of these biological consequences would have created social ramifications that would have reverberated throughout the entire community of Rivulus Dominarum.

As a participant in Rivulus Dominarum Bioarchaeology’s 2023 Transylvanian Laboratory Project, you will create biological profiles of the Piaţa Cetăţii skeletal collection. These estimates of sex and age-at-death, along with inventories of paleopathology and skeletal trauma endured by each individual, will shed light on who was experiencing the biological consequences of mining and what the social ramifications of those consequences were within the larger community of 14th-17th century Rivulus Dominarum.


MEDIEVAL CEMETERY AND OSSUARY FUNERARY EXCAVATION:  LIVING AND DYING ON THE EDGE OF EUROPE (TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA) – 2022

Date: Session 1: June 12, 2022 to July 9, 2022
Session 2: July 10, 2022 to August 6, 2022
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Full project details can be found here

OVERVIEW

As Europe redefines itself in the wake of the Ottoman invasion, the Carpathian frontier still holds fast against the Eastern invaders. Although Transylvanian suzerainty has passed from the Hungarian Kingdom, to the Ottomans, to the Habsburgs from the 15-17th century, its territory has never been invaded by the Turkish troops. However, the local populations lived under constant social, political, economic and religious stress. Since the Neolithic, Transylvania has been at the crossroads of European identity. During the late Middle Ages, this region goes not only through major political changes, but also through a spirituality crisis, under the pressure of Islam from the East and Protestantism from the West.

During the 18th century, several churches around Odorheiu Secuiesc have been abandoned. What is even more interesting is that those churches were removed from collective memory as well. Not only the written records pertaining to these churches were lost, but the local communities forgot about their existence.

Our excavation aims at retrieving the memory of these churches and to try to elucidate the social, political and religious context that created such an environment that would extract a church from local collective memory.

The Lost Churches Project started in 2013, with the excavation of two of these churches and associated cemeteries: Bradesti and Lueta.  Concurrently, our osteology team has uncovered a very strange phenomenon within another church, at Teleac: 69 out of 70 burials were juveniles, with 49 preterm or fetal age, all of which dated to the 17th century.

In 2014, we have started exploring the environment that created this very unique skeletal assemblage, with the excavation of Teleac’ sister church in Valeni, with outstanding results We have discovered the building phases of the ecclesiastic buildings and their relationship to the deceased. Two of theses phases, an early medieval and a Gothic one have been uncovered, but the stratigraphy indicates that there is an even earlier church that we have been identified. The most surprising result of our 2014 campaign is the presence of what appears to be a migration period, pre-Christian tumulus under the church, as indicated by the burial of a horse associated with several individuals buried in fetal position.

Participants enrolled in this program will also have an opportunity to work with commingled human remains. Excavations at the Lost Church of Valeni during summer 2017 revealed an almost intact, stone built, medieval ossuary with excellent preservation. While ossuary excavation began in summer 2018, much work remains, especially considering that we have located another, earlier, ossuary from the same medieval “Lost Church”.

Our excavation will deploy a bioarchaeological field approach. Within this context, we will concentrate our work on the individuals themselves and their immediate surroundings (i.e. clothing implements, jewelry, coffin and other primary funerary depositions. during one session of the excavation, we expect each participant to fully excavate a minimum of 2 individuals. Primary processing of the excavated remains, together with various lectures will provide our participants with the necessary training in human anatomy and morphology to be able to fully take advantage of the field experience.

To further expand their skills, several other projects are available to all our participants  in osteology and bioarchaeology, as intensive laboratory research programs, including:

 


ADULT OSTEOLOGY RESEARCH WORKSHOP: MEDIEVAL CRISIS POPULATIONS (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania)

Date: June 12 to July 9, 2022

Program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

The aim of this project is to evaluate how the major political events of the 16th and 17th centuries have physically impacted local Transylvanian populations. For that purpose, we have been studying human remains excavated from several medieval cemeteries from eastern Transylvania.  During the summer of 2022, we will concentrate our efforts on analyzing the exceptionally well preserved skeletal remains excavated from the collapsed medieval “Lost Church” located in the community of Valeni/Patakfalva. 

The osteology workshop will train students to conduct osteological analyses and frame bioarchaeological research questions. Students  will  receive  daily lectures on topics related to human skeletal biology and spend the first two weeks intensively reviewing human osteology, evaluating of sex and age estimation, osteometrics, and skeletal and dental pathologies.

This summer’s workshop is designed to conduct an exhaustive osteological survey of the adult population from our active Lost Church Medieval Cemetery Excavation. Although a basic knowledge of human anatomy and morphology is useful, this laboratory workshop session is intended for both inexperienced and advanced students. The workshop comprises daily intensive lectures on human anatomy (including determination of sex, age, stature and ancestry), biomechanics and pathology, bone quizzes, group discussions, laboratory work, bone restoration and analysis, leading to individual and group research projects and presentations in a conference setting. Daily mandatory readings will accompany the specifics each lab day.

Upon completion of this workshop:

  1. Students will have in-depth knowledge of all bones in the human body, including landmarks, muscles attachments and articulations.
  2. Students will understand fundamental concepts related to the human dentition.
  3. Students will understand how to obtain basic demographic data from archaeological skeletal populations.
  4. Students will understand how systematic data collection and peer review facilitates bioarchaeological research.

Our participants are taught to conduct proper intensive research under laboratory conditions. This process entails the intensive acquisition of the skills and knowledge required to fulfill the expectations of a genuine research project. As students become more familiar with the questions that the osteological collection allows to address, they will choose a research topic they will address in small groups, leading to formal podium presentations at the Ninth International Student Colloquium on Osteology and Bioarchaeology, in Odorheiu Secuiesc.

 This osteology research workshop is highly recommended for the participants interested in our more advanced projects, respectively the Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop. Students who wish to expand their skills and experience in the field can register for a 4 week  session of the Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavationimmediately following the Adult Osteology Session.

Project Director: Prof. Jonathan Bethard, Dept. of Anthropology, University of South Florida (e-mail jbethard@usf.edu)

This field school is one of several operated in collaboration with ArchaeoTek

 


SÂNPETRU BIOARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL: UNEARTHING THE MEDIEVAL PAST OF TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA

Dates: July 16 to August 12, 2023   Click here for project syllabus with full details

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS: Dr. Annamaria Diana, Independent researcher (annamaria.diana@outlook.com) and Dr. Daniela Marcu Istrate, Institute of Archaeology ‘V. Pârvan’, Bucharest (dmarcuistrate@gmail.com)

OVERVIEW

The field school takes place in the quaint village of Sânpetru, a few km from the city of Braşov, in southeast Transylvania, and is part of the broader Biserica Neagră Bioarchaeology Project. Our project started in 2014, when rescue excavations in the courtyard surrounding the Biserica Neagră, Braşov’s main historical landmark, exposed a large cemetery from which human skeletal remains from over 1,500 burials were recovered. The foundation of this majestic Gothic-style cathedral is deeply connected with much of the history of the surrounding city. Located in the heart of the Carpathians and founded in the 12th century by Central European colonists (generally referred to as Saxons) invited by the Hungarian king Géza II, Braşov (called Kronstadt/Corona in medieval times); Transylvania was, during the Middle Ages, a crossroads for travellers, merchants and diplomats from central Europe and the Middle East, where communities of German, Romanian, Hungarian and Jewish ancestry coexisted. Such multi-cultural reality, still poorly understood, was the result of centuries of population movement in many Transylvanian urban centres. From pre-Roman times to the Middle Ages, the fertile lands of Transylvania were traversed and pillaged by nomadic tribes, colonised by European settlers and disputed and fought over by more powerful entities. In fact, the Transylvanian Saxon cities, Braşov, Sibiu, Sighişoara to name a few, are emblematic of the persistence of this historical heritage. The field school combines training in both bioarchaeological analysis and archaeological fieldwork and aims to achieve two crucial research objectives:

1) The post-excavation processing and organization of human skeletal remains from the Biserica Neagră skeletal assemblage and associated archaeological contexts. The cemetery is an extremely interesting site not only for its complex stratigraphy and abundance of finds, but also because it was continuously used by the wealthy and upper echelons of Braşov society for over five centuries, between the 12th and the 18th century AD. This is rare for Transylvanian cemeteries, the use of which was discontinued after the Reformation. Furthermore, the elevated number of individual burials and family graves and the good state of preservation of the skeletal material will allow statistically significant demographic and pathological analyses and comparisons with other populations.

2) To uncover new evidence on Transylvanian society in the Middle Ages through new archaeological excavations. The 2023 season will focus on areas of the fortified Saxon church in Sânpetru. The village of Sânpetru is known for its 13th century fortified church and 14th century painted chapel, and for the discovery of several fossilized dinosaur bones in the vicinity. The excavations in Sânpetru will take place in the environs of the fortified walls with the aim to: ● Investigate the origins and development of the settlement, which was donated to the Order of the Cistercians in 1240 AD; ● Clarify the relationship between the 13th century fortified structures and the religious buildings associated with them. In addition, restoration works of the church and associated fortified enclosure are ongoing, and students will be able to witness the process of conservation and participate in cultural heritage activities. This is a unique opportunity to experience the importance of interdisciplinary projects and discover how the combined efforts of researchers from diverse fields of study can answer compelling research questions and bring back to life sites rich in culture and heritage. Traditional photographic recording and 3D modelling of the excavated areas and fortified structure will also be carried out.

The field school offers the unique opportunity to receive training in both bioarchaeological analysis and archaeological fieldwork. The Biserica Neagră assemblage, one of the largest medieval assemblages thus far excavated in Romania, was recovered between 2013 and 2014 in Braşov during rescue excavations of the area surrounding the Biserica Neagră (the ‘Black Church’), one of the foremost Gothic monuments in Eastern Europe. The village of Sânpetru is known not only for its 13th century fortified church and 14th century painted chapel, but also for the discovery of several fossilized dinosaur bones in its territory.

In Transylvania, a land steeped in history and myth, students will be able to learn more about archaeology whilst travelling across dramatic landscapes and bucolic villages, taste fresh, organic food and discover this region’s fascinating local customs and traditions. The field school locations are also the venue for cultural, musical and artistic events and are a step away from many heritage and environmental landmarks, including the world-renowned UNESCO sites of Sighişoara and the fortified churches of Transylvania. 

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see assessment, below). This field school provides a minimum of 360 hours of experiential education. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institution prior to attending this field school. Transcripts: An official copy of transcripts will be mailed to the permanent address listed by students on their online application. One more transcript may be sent to the student’s home institution at no cost. Additional transcripts may be ordered at any time through the National Student Clearinghouse: http://bit.ly/2hvurkl.

 


SPAIN

ZORITA CASTLE ARCHAEOLOGY AND OSTEOLOGY (Zorita de los Canes, Spain)

Date: June 26 to July 15, 2023

Application Deadline: Rolling application. We accept applications until all spaces are filled.

Project Website: https://www.archaeospain.com/zoritacastleknightscementery.html  Project video can be seen here

Click here for the Summer 2022 brochure   Click here for a World Archaeology article about Zorita Castle

OVERVIEW

​​Zorita Castle perches on a plateau overlooking the tiny village of Zorita de los Canes. It sits on the banks of the Spain’s longest river: The Tagus. The castle once controlled one of the three only bridges that crossed the river. Slightly smaller than an international football pitch, the original fortress was built by armies from North Africa during the Moorish and Berber conquest of Spain. For the foundations, the builders looted the stonework from the nearby ruins of the Visigothic city of Recópolis.

The Castle History.
Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Zorita Castle thrived as a focal point for commerce and military adventures during the wars to take control of Spain between Muslim and Christian armies. Since then, the castle has fallen into obscurity. Geographically unpopular, ignored by academia, and until recently left to crumble. Today the former headquarters of one of Spain’s most important military orders is coming back to life. Since 2014 and overseen by the Heritage Office of the regional Castilla-La Mancha government, Zorita Castle field school teaches students and archaeology lovers from around the world how to conduct an archaeological excavation while uncovering part of the castle history.

​The best preserved building inside the castle is the church of San Benito. The knights of the order of Calatrava  built the church at the end of the 12th century when the castle became the order’s headquarters. Documents mention a cemetery, but the only material evidence was a long stone slab, possibly a burial cover.  When  cleaning the stone,  a Medieval Tic-Tac-Toe, a game we owe to the Arabs was discovered.

Throughout the fifteenth century and like other castles, Zorita was no longer the residence of Commanders of Calatrava Cavalry Order, whose preferred live in houses in nearby towns like Pastrana, becoming an arsenal castle, guarding firearms, propulsion, armor, ammunition and miscellaneous tools.

​The Order of Calatrava and Zorita Castle
The Order of Calatrava was born in the actual region of Castilla-La Mancha, specifically in the province of Ciudad Real, where during the twelfth century intensified the struggle between the Berber villages arrived in Al-Andalus and the Christian of Castille. All Mancha region south of Almagro is known today as Campo de Calatrava, the first seat of the institution of monks warriors.

Alarcos, defeating in July 19th of 1195, saw the fall of the Guadiana frontier, with the loss of the Head Castle of the Order (Old Clatrava castle). This battle and abandonment of Salvatierra means an unprecedented crisis that brought the Order to the brink of extinction. The remains of the Order took refuge in Zorita castle, one of the few possessions that kept the calatravos under their control. In Zorita, the Order was again organized, rearmed and once strengthened was delivered to new strategies for the recovery and control of territory. After the Christian victory in the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa against the Almohad in 1212, the Order settled permanently based in New Calatrava castle, construction designed to support a large-scale siege avoid Alarcos surprises like.

Order of Calatrava text about Zorita castle, dating from 1518
The state of the castle was revised on March 25, 1518 in detail by the visitors accompanied by Miguel de Echeverría, a neighbouring stonemason from Almonacid; Damián, a neighbor of Pastrana, master of Carpentry and plasterwork. The expenses that were suggested include a considerable budget: In the wall, the door to the Jewish quarter was burnt, as was the White Tower, by the part of Badujo river, 8,000 Maravedíes.  Wall of the Jewish quarter, 2,000 Maravedíes – Moat an Wall between the fortress and the Jewish quarter 4,000 Maravedíes. Iron door, small repairs, without price, second door with a hand mill, 6,000 Maravedíes. -Stables passing these doors, 500 Maravedíes. -New room, in the new kitchen, in front of the church, 25,000 Maravedíes. The corral of the Counts, which was cemetery, clean it of ground, 1,000 Maravedíes. The Keep, demolished in part, for demolishing it completely and removing the stone, 10.000 Maravedíes

EXCAVATION

​During the excavations of 2014 and after discovering and excavating three burials,the existence of a cemetery inside the castle was finally confirmed . The skeletons were resting on their backs, legs straight, their arms crossed over their chests and facing east. Only one of the skeletons had a proper burial, an anthropomorphic stone tomb. All three were adult men, and only one died at an old age. Probably knights or clergy of the Calatrava order because only these groups would have been buried so close to the church within the castle walls. 

​From 2016 Zorita teams have been excavating the space over the castle cistern. Onto this courtyard converged all the roofs and poured the water from the rain into the cistern. Later on, the courtyard was transformed and home spaces were built, among which the remains of a bread oven stand out. The cistern was abandoned and transformed into a wine cellar with a well on one side. It must have been a terrible drought what forced the castle inhabitants to carve this 40 m deep well directly into the rock. In 2017 new underground chambers were discovered under the access to the church.

Goals for 2023

Excavation of the deepest graves en the Area 1, to verify the time of the the initial date of occupation in the cemetery. 

The Archaeology and Osteology program at Zorita Castle is focused on teaching archaeological methodology and on the excavation of graves. Mornings will be dedicated to excavation with a break for a snack. Fully recovered after a bath in the river, lunch and siesta, afternoons will be dedicated to seminars and workshops.

Participants will take part in all the excavation process, they will keep a field journal and clean, identify, and catalogue artifacts. ​We will learn to define a burial, the right way to dig a skeleton and how to remove it from the ground: how to deal with the body, what tools to use, how to remove the bones in anatomical units with the right and left sides individualized, what is the correct  packaging, how to register everything in situ (practice with photogrametry for recording). 

SITE DIRECTORS:
Dionisio Urbina Martínez
​PhD. in Geography and History from the University Complutense of Madrid. He has been a professional archaeologist since 1990 and has directed over fifty archaeological excavations: Medieval, Late Antique, Roman, Iron and Bronze Age. Specialist in the Roman world and the Second Iron Age in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, he has published several scientific articles and divulgative books, co-edited several conferences and exhibition catalogs, and several articles in scientific journals. He has taught numerous courses, conducted ten archaeological exhibitions as well as various presentations, and lectures and seminars. He taught the specialized course “Generalist in Antiques and Twentieth Century”, at the Center for Arts and Business Álvaro Durán, from 2001 to 2007, and was a teacher of the Degree in Cultural Management at the University Antonio de Nebrija in 2009 and 2010. Currently runs Achaeospain, directing the investigations at the sites of Zorita Castle and Cerro de la Muela Roman castellum.
Víctor Barrera Alarcón
Graduate in History and Archaeology from the Complutense University of Madrid and Master in Physical Anthropology: Human Evolution and Biodiversity by the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Alcalá de Henares and the Autonomous University of Madrid. Specialist in Archaeology and Forensic Anthropology by the Institute of Professional Training in Forensic Sciences of Madrid.
I have collaborated as a technician in archaeology and as a specialist in human skeletal remains in more than a dozen archaeological excavations both in Spain (Convento de San Juan de Dios, Arco de Conejeros, Ermita de la Vega, el Ceremeño, Zorita de los Canes) and abroad (Hala Sultan Tekke -Cyprus- and Viminacium -Serbia-). I have directed the Osteoarchaeology Laboratory of the Complutense University of Madrid for four years and carried out the osteological studies of 5 different collections during those years. I have also taught several introductory courses on osteoarchaeology for young archaeologists during my tenure there. I have more than a dozen scientific publications including articles, book chapters and conference proceedings.
     

THE ROMAN FORUM OF VALERIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL (Valeria, Cuenca, Spain)

Dates: July 23 – August 11, 2023

Project website: https://www.archaeospain.com/valeriacracgeology.html

Project details https://www.archaeospain.com/uploads/8/7/6/7/87674220/valeria_2023.pdf

OVERVIEW 2023:

The Roman city of Valeria is located in central Spain, to the south of the city of Cuenca in the area called Sierra Alta. It was founded between 93-82 BC by the proconsul Gaius Valerius Flaccus, who put down the last revolts of the indigenous Celtiberians. Given the unstable climate at the time, the city was planed and constructed on a narrow plateau very well defended; between two streams with high cliffs . But Valeria was also planned within the Roman program of colonization of the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, as one of the romanized setlements that were to become administrative, economic and commercial centers of a new region. 

The imposing gorge of the river Gritos sculpts and shapes the landscape around Valeria. Deep limestone canyons modeled by the action of the water, varied vegetation in which thyme and rosemary groves alternate with communities of black juniper or poplar and poplar groves, specimens of peregrine falcon, Bonelli’s eagle or eagle owl make up a unique natural catalog that will delight all nature or adventure sports lovers.

Valeria’s splendor spans from the time of Augustus to the Flavians. It was then that a building program was designed to give monumentality to the heart of the city. ​Numerous vestiges of it’s earliest moments are also preserved, including part of the Republican forum and some of its outbuildings.  As the orography of the chosen place for the city was very irregular, in order to obtain a sufficiently flat, horizontal space, suitable for the function of a square, it was necessary to create a large artificial terrace in the narrowest part of the peninsula. For this purpose, four retaining walls were erected on which the forum was constructed. On the west side a temple for the emperor cult was constructed, and in the east wing a colonnade of 86m long, and taking advantage of the unevenness of the ground, a nymphaeum and another portico oriented to the outside were placed under the colonnade. Under the nymphaeum we can still see an alignment of tabernae. In the rest of the space around the forum there are public and administrative buildings such as the curia, the basilica or the tabularium.

The Forum was the administrative, political and religious center of the city. It was formed by a large arcaded square around which the main public buildings were distributed. It was well paved and this pavement was covering 4 large water cisterns. The remodeling of the forum took place in the time of the emperors Tiberius, Caligula and Claudio, ending roughly between 20 and 50 AD.

​The four cisterns​​ in the center of the Forum were covered by barrel vaults and are an exemplary example of Roman hydraulic engineering. Its walls are made of opus caementicium, the floor has a quarter-round molding at the juncture with the wall in order to facilitate cleaning and prevent leaks. The water was distributed through lead pipes, fistulae plumbae.

The basilica is located to the north of the Forum and also underwent extensive renovations, changing its archaic appearance of double portico for a central nave and a perimeter ambulatory.   The interior decoration of this space was made of stuccoes and limestone slabs, with ornaments and moldings.

The Tabernae were located on the south, east and west side of the Forum. They were premises dedicated to commercial uses with a regular floor plan, with a large doorway, which were usually covered with a barrel vault and had a window above it to let light into a wooden attic that was used for storage. They were open to the main roads of the city.

The height of the Forum over the area, allows the layout of cryptoporticus to extend its surface to the West and a monumental entrance with a staircase to the South. 

The NymphaeumOn the east side of the forum lies this very original fountain building dedicated to the nymphs and rivers. It is very large at over 105m long of which more than 80 belong to the fountain proper. This makes it one of the largest known throughout the Roman Empire and, of course, the largest in Hispania. The Nymphaeum did not perhaps figure in the first, late-republican, forum and was perhaps devised when forum was raised in level in the remodelling of the first century AD in the Claudius era. It is, however, a very old example since its construction must date from the early years of the 1st c. AD, and therefore well before the great nymphaea of Africa (2nd c. AD) so that Valeria is closer to the older Hellenistic types.

The hillside fell abruptly on this side of the Forum and it was necessary to build a high retaining wall which would have compromised its aesthetic appearance. Therefore the designer of the forum took advantage of this wall to create a shrine to water gods, typical in the celtibérian world. In front of the wall, decorated with rectangular niches and alcoves, shops were built at the foot of the retaining wall. Their roofs served as part of an elongated terrace at a lower floor level of the Forum and divided into two halves, one like a large balcony supporting the retaining wall on the rear and providing a view over all the city, and the other half covered and attached to nymphaeum.

EXCAVATION

From 1951 to 1974, archaeological excavations began, in which the people of the modern small village became actively involved, putting an end to the plundering, and an attempt was made to divulge the Roman city of Valeria in various forums and congresses. A Local Museum was also created in 1952, which would be the germ of the Archaeological Museum of Cuenca. From 1974 to 1978, the excavation of Valeria was greatly promoted under the direction of Manuel Osuna, after the departure of Suay. From 1979 the new director was Ángel Fuentes. During this period, work continued in the Forum: the Basilica, until its total excavation and the site of the Curia, the tabernae of the wing of the Nymphaeum were excavated to the end, the cave dwelling known as “hanging house” was cleaned and excavation began in the Cryptoporticus.

​On the southern side of the Forum structures is the House of the Adobe. Another example of private urbanism is the “Casa del Hoyo”.
The Roman city had a good water supply through an articulated system of aqueducts that can be seen carved into the rock.
The objects found at this site are in the museum of Cuenca, including the treasure of Valeria consisting of silver coins dating from the period after the Second Punic War in about 185 BC.

Goals for 2023

In our first excavation campaign in Valeria during the summer of 2022 many important discoveries were made. Excavating at the forum, fragments of sculpture, pedestals and memorial headstones were abundant. As an example, we found an inscription on a pedestal corresponding to a statue of Annia, which was made by the will of Gaius Grattius. Gaius was IIIIVIR, the highest office in the city, and twice a priest or Flamen of the emperor’s cult. We have also found a fairly large number of construction elements such as fragments of bases and column capitals. Two capitals are especially important, one of them is Corinthian, very likely from the time of Augustus and the other has a decoration that has no exact parallels in all the Roman West. In addition to the capitals, some small bronzes have been found, such as a stylus for writing. But the most important of all is a torch fragment corresponding to a statue of the Goddess Ceres. This is a remarkable find, since there was no news of the presence of this goddess in the Valeria forum, and it is the only known in Hispania so far. The torch is an attribute of the goddess Ceres (Greek Demeter), related to the nine days she was given, to search the underworld for her daughter Proserpina (Greek Persephone), where Pluton (Greek Hades) had taken her.

In 2023 the excavations will undertake the investigation of one of the unexcavated cores of the Forum; in the area known as the Exedra or Temple of  the Imperial Worship. This area is located between the cardo maximus and the tabernae under the emperor’s cult building. This area is 10x10m and at least 2m deep, and is located between the wall that encloses the Forum on the west and to the east of the tabernae excavated in 1981. 
The construction of the first forum, or Republican forum, is dated to around 20-15 BC.
This witness is therefore located in an area which, according to its researchers, underwent the following transformations: On the west side a huge semi-circular building was laid out, inserted into the large rectangular bay that had to be built parallel to the new platform, subdivided into tabernae. This building went over the cryptoportico to the foral area where it had its façade.

This “huge semicircular building”, known as the Exedra and which researchers propose to rename the Temple of Imperial Worship, is located between the tabernae. Between the tabernae and the enclosure of the forum there is a long, narrow space known generically as the cryptoporticus; it could be interpreted as an underground street allowing passage from one wing of the forum to the other. The portico that enclosed the forum on this side must have been located above it. The temple of imperial worship would have been accessed from the forum, but it is not clear how it would have ended on the other side, towards the cardo maximum.

Valeria is a small municipality in the middle mountains of Cuenca with barely 80 inhabitants. Its urban area is structured around the Plaza Mayor, where we find the church, the Town Hall and some interesting mansions such as the house of the Curato and the house of the Dukes of Granada.
From the square you can see the Town Hall building, which dates from the 18th century. It has a rectangular floor plan and two floors. 

The church of Nuestra Señora de la Sey, which was the seat of the Visigoth bishopric, stands out among the buildings in Valeria.  The Visigothic seat was probably built over an ancient Roman temple of which the Airón well was preserved, and later, in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Romanesque temple was built, with three naves and three apses, unique in the province. And in the 16th and 17th centuries it was modified again, obtaining its current appearance. On its walls we can see Roman columns and funerary stelae, Visigothic pieces, or its Mudejar roof.
Attached to the church on the north side are the sacristy and the Parish Museum. This museum is of great value for housing, among others, artistic treasures such as: Baroque canvases, a Mudejar coffered ceiling, Roman funerary stelae, construction elements of Visigothic origin and an altar front made of Talavera tile.   A museum has recently been installed in the site’s old medieval church, with decorative construction pieces and epigraphs. 

The group, including ArchaeoSpain staff, will be staying at two small guest houses near the Plaza Mayor.
The project will provide all meals; lunch and dinner every day in the bar-restaurant on the ground floor of the Town Hall.  (If you have  dietary requirements,  the restaurant will be informed in advance).


NEANDERTHALS & MODERN HUMAN ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES AT COVA GRAN DE SANTA LINYA, SPAIN

Dates: June 25 to July 22, 2023   Status: Open    Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Project website: https://www.fieldsciences.org/program/2023-spain-cova-gran/

Project syllabus with detailed information: https://www.fieldsciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Syllabus-Spain-Cova-Gran-2023.pdf

DIRECTORS

Dr. Rafael Mora Torcal, Professor, Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (Rafael.mora@uab.cat), and Dr. Jorge Martínez-Moreno, Research Associate, Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (Jorge.martinez@uab.cat)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Where did we, humans, come from and where are we, contemporary people, heading to? These important and intimately related questions have become increasingly relevant as technological [r]evolution, along with profound political, economic, and cultural changes impact our daily lives. Leading scholarship on the issue has become broadly read and widely popular – Yuval Noah Hararri’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Gerald Dimond’s The World Until Yesterday and Graeber & Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything, to name just a few.

This program is dealing with our beginning, with the emergence of modern humans as seen from Southern Europe. It also deals with relationships & interaction with our closest relatives – Homo neanderthalensis. While our work is highly focused and limited in space, the unique level of preservation and depth of occupation history at Cova Gran offers an exceptional opportunity to study our ancestors, their interactions with the environment, with other hominins and with each other.

By 50,000 years ago, groups of hominins arrived at the Cova Gran rock shelter, building hearths and leaving behind well preserved bone, lithics and other evidence of human activity. These occasional visits lasted for thousands of years – throughout the Middle/Upper Paleolithic (at Cova Gran, 50,000- 40,000 years ago). A complex stratigraphy of built hearths allows us to carefully study the evolution of human relationships to their environment, to specialized activities and to changes in technology. During the 2023 season, one part of the team will excavate at Sector R, where the Paleolithic visitors left their material evidence.

Limited excavations during Covid yielded spectacular results in Sector V. Partial skeletal remains of Homo sapiens – primarily long bones – were recovered at the site and dated to 15,000 years ago. This is a rare find, as we know very little about European human populations of the time (we know a lot more about the anatomy and lifestyle of Neanderthals from the region). As these populations were likely replaced by migrants from Anatolia and the Near East during the Neolithic “revolution” (ca,7,000 years ago in our region) we know very little about the indigenous H. sapiens who originally migrated from Africa to Europe around 50,000 years ago. For the 2023 season, another part of the team will excavate in this area – Sector V – trying to find specific bones with enough preserved DNA materials to study and understand the paleogenomic and paleoanthropological relationship of this individuals with other H. Sapiens populations spread and isolated in Eurasia at the same period.

To find the best path forward we must understand where we came from. We must understand the forces that shaped our biology and culture to become what we are today. The Cova Gran project is a narrow, but deep window into the past, allowing us to explore and reflect on such issues. Cova Gran unique preservation and extremely long cultural occupation provides for the extended documentation, study, and interpretation of human evolution at the regional level. It is a critical and significant data point for the global understanding of our human origin and for our ability to make informed decisions about our collective future.

Students MUST remember that while our research is informed by big questions, field work is highly detailed, narrow, careful and slow. Expect lively discussions of exciting issues, but DO NOT expect a definite answer. Archaeological knowledge works gradually, by building evidence upon evidence, so patience and perseverance are crucial for any quality research work.

    


ADITU ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL 2023 (Roncesvalles, northern Spain)

Join us in the exploration of one of the most intriguing and mysterious sites in Western Europe. In 2022 we will be returning to the Silo of Charlomagne, where legend has the final resting place of the Carolingian soldiers who died at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778 AD, and immortalised in the French epicTheSong of Roland.

SESSIONS: First session: June 15 to July 4, 2023
Second session: July 6 to July 25, 2023

Third session: July 27 to August 15, 2023

Project website https://aditufieldschool.weebly.com/    Coronavirus updates are maintained here https://aditufieldschool.weebly.com/coronavirus-emergency.html

FEES:\ The cost for a complete session is 1750 euro

Fees include full tuition, room and board, tools, services (showers, basic wifi, etc.) and accident insurance.

Request an application here: https://aditufieldschool.weebly.com/apply.html

The 2023 Field School at Roncesvalles
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The 2023 Aditu Archaeological Field School is a research project investigating the origins of the medieval ossuary located at Roncesvalles (Northern Navarre, Spain) just a few miles from the French border. The purpose of the project is to investigate what is rumoured to be the burial site of the rearguard of Charlemagne’s army, ambushed in the Battle of Roncesvalles and immortalised in the medieval French work “La Chanson de Roland.” In addition to its historical significance, the location has long been an important rest stop for pilgrims hiking the Camino de Santiago from France, as it represents the traditional first stop upon crossing the Pyrenees mountains and entering the Iberian peninsula.

The ossuary is the oldest structure that forms part of the religious complex of Roncesvalles. Historical sources, as well as previous interventions at the site, have attested to the long chronology of burials present within the ossuary, and this project anticipates being the most extensive excavation undertaken to date at the site.

In 2023 our aim is to better understand the history and importance of the structure through continuing to excavate the upper layers of the complex. The focus of the field school will be on the excavation and the analysis of complete skeletons and commingled remains, and will be accompanied by lectures on human osteology, calculation of MNI, archaeological practice, Basque and medieval archaeology and relevant topics related to field methodology and finds processing. The field school represents a rare opportunity to excavate a unique site of huge historical significance and gain insight into different types of field and laboratory methodologies within commingled contexts.

The team responsible for the excavation, Aditu Arkeologia, has extensive experience in field schools and there was already a field season at Roncesvalles between 2019 and 2022. Results from the anthropological analysis of remains uncovered at the site will form part of a wider study of the population of Navarre in the Middle Ages, and samples from articulated burials are expected to provide data to be used in stable isotope analysis.

Where is Roncesvalles?
Roncesvalles (Orreaga in the local Basque language) is a small municipality in Navarre, one of the seven Basque territories nested in the Western Pyrenees. The site is located at around 1000 meters above sea level (some 3200 feet). Throughout the whole year but more specially during the Summer, Roncesvalles is a favourite destination both for tourists and pilgrims, as the sanctuary is a pivotal place along the old European pilgrimage route to Saint James of Compostela, known as “el Camino.”

Will you join us in 2023?
The field school is aimed at students or graduates of archaeology and associated disciplines, although if places are available it will be open to anyone that has an interest in developing their knowledge and skills in archaeological field methodology. At least a basic knowledge of human osteology is preferred, as archaeological layers consist of primarily articulated skeletons and disarticulated remains, and the ability to recognise fragmentary skeletal elements will be an asset. Students will spend 7-8 hours per day engaged in field work or in the processing of materials recovered from the field. Throughout the course, students will become proficient in excavation procedures, field drawing, documentation, and find processing and analysis.

Please note that a certain level of physical fitness is necessary to get in and out of the ossuary, as well as to work for extended periods kneeling. The ossuary is a large space, measuring about 9m x 9m (30 x 30 feet), but has no windows and only one opening for access. As such, this may be a difficult site for those suffering from severe claustrophobia.

Accommodation will be provided locally, including self catering breakfast and lunch (ingredients provided), with dinner being the main meal daily. All necessary facilities are provided (electricity, hot showers, dormitory style accommodation). Participants will be given 2 rest days in the middle of each session.

     

 


 

TURKEY

THE PINARBAȘI PROJECT, TURKEY:  INVESTIGATING THE BEGINNINGS OF SEDENTISM IN THE NEAR EAST 

Date: June 9 to July 10, 2022  Deadline: Open, Payment deadline: April 15, 2022

Full project syllabus can be found here

OVERVIEW

Turkey has evidence of one of the earliest transitions from hunting and gathering to sedentism in the world. Understanding the period in time immediately preceding and encompassing the first steps in this transition, the Epipalaeolithic period, is crucial; however, the Epipalaeolithic period in central Turkey is poorly understood. The Pınarbașı project investigates the only known Epipalaeolithic site in Anatolia. During previous excavations, our team uncovered exciting burials with elaborate grave goods, indicating a commitment to place that may represent a transition to more sedentary behaviours. Working alongside professional excavators and experts in Epipalaeolithic communities, students will learn a range of archaeological research techniques and methods and about the wider context of Anatolian archaeology.

The course will take place at the Epipalaeolithic site of Pınarbașı (c. 14,000-11,000 BCE), the only Epipalaeolithic site on the central Anatolian plateau and the predecessor of the famous Neolithic sites of Boncuklu and Çatalhöyük. The site is located on the edge of the Konya Plain in central Turkey, 65 km east of the major city of Konya, a famous Medieval centre where the ‘whirling dervish’ sect was founded by the Medieval philosopher Celaleddin Rumi. We will stay in Karaman, an important Medieval city located 50 km to the south of Pınarbașı. There are many medieval buildings of the Seljuk period to visit in Konya and Karaman, both booming cities. The field school also includes visits to other sites and museums in central Turkey including Çatalhöyük and the dramatic Neolithic site of Aşıklı, where there is evidence of repeated rebuilding of houses and an experimental village. Aşıklı is located about 3 hours east of Konya in Cappadocia, also famous for its underground cities and painted medieval churches. We will also visit a number of remote Byzantine and Hittite sites around the Konya plain.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTOR:  Prof. Douglas Baird, Department of Archaeology, University of Liverpool, UK (dbaird@liverpool.ac.uk)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)


HACIMUSALAR SETTLEMENT,ELMALI PLAIN  (SW TURKEY)

  • Course Dates: Session I: June 11- July 11, 2023, Session II: July 12- August 12, 2023

  • Enrollment Status: Closed

    Project video link here     Project website link here

Overview

In the Near East, there were many rapid past climatic changes, which brought significant socio-economic and political transformations. Past human societies dealt with these changes while causing anthropogenic changes in the same environment. The research on the Elmalı Plain will focus on reconstructing the past environmental conditions in the region along with possible rapid climate change events. Then, we will explore when and how human groups that inhabited Hacımusalar Mound might have adapted to such changes. Adaptive behaviors may include changes in land use patterns, resource extraction, social organization, and other socio-economic transformations. When these patterns are reconstructed at high spatio-temporal resolution across the Plain, simulating the socio-ecological dynamics will be possible.

Hacımusalar is a multi-period archaeological settlement in the Elmalı Plain of SW Turkey. The region still follows traditional agro-pastoral lifeway yet experiencing all the problems related to rapid climate change and anthropogenic degradation of its environment. Previous excavations at the Mound revealed major architectural remains such as fortification walls, houses and churches. The new phase of field work focuses on the long-term evolution of socio-ecological dynamics on the Plain. Using the long and complex archaeological record obtained from the Mound, researchers will dedicate the next decade to understand the time-transgressive patterns in human-environment interactions.

Field methods (geophysics, geology, paleobotany, remote sensing, etc.) that complement archaeological research make EFSG a unique setting to learn about the past human-environment interactions through active participation while learning about the current climate crisis and how it impacts communities with traditional lifeways.

Instructors

The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Bülent Arıkan
Dr. Bülent Arıkanis an Associate Professor of Archaeology at Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University. Email: bulent.arikan@gmail.com

 

 

 

 



THE BONCUKLU PROJECT, TURKEY: INVESTIGATING THE SPREAD OF FARMING IN THE NEAR EAST

Date: July 22 to August 20, 2022 Enrollment Status: Open, Payment deadline: April 15, 2022

Full program details can be found here

OVERVIEW

The Boncuklu field school investigates a pivotal transition in human history: the shift from a hunter-gatherer society to a farming civilization. The site dates to c. 8500 BCE, the earliest Neolithic village in central Anatolia and the predecessor of the famous Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük. Located in the Konya Plain in central Turkey, Boncuklu lies 40 kms east of the major city of Konya, a famous Medieval centre where the ‘whirling dervish’ sect was founded by the Medieval philosopher, Celaleddin Rumi. Students in the Boncuklu field school will work alongside expert archaeologists, learning and applying field research methods to expose the remains that tell the tales of the reality of life in the earliest farming settlements. The full gamut of archaeological field methods will be taught in this program: survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, artifact cataloging, and conservation. Students will also engage in the intellectual challenges presented by archaeological research, participating in research design, interpreting data, and the continual readjustment of hypotheses and field strategies with regard to information recovered in the field. The deep immersion in the site is complimented by an incredible range of regional field trips to other sites and museums including Çatalhöyük, the Hittite capital Hatussas, the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara and the dramatic Neolithic site of Aşıklı. Program participants can expect to walk away from this field school secure in their understanding of applied archaeological field research methods and deep understanding of the cultural landscape of Central Anatolia, past and present. 

 For the project website, go here.

FIELD SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

Prof. Douglas Baird, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Liverpool, UK (dbaird@liverpool.ac.uk) Prof. Andrew Fairbairn, School of Social Sciences, University of Queensland (a.fairbairn@uq.edu.au)

This field school is one of many operated in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR)

       


UNITED KINGDOM

STRATA FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL (Wales, U.K.)

Date: June 12 to July 10, 2022

Project website: https://www.strataflorida.org.uk/archaeology-field-school.html

The full Summer 2023 project brochure can be found here

Introduction
Strata Florida has a long and continuing history of research excavations, and the Trust now runs both university training digs and a public dig open to all.

We offer a fully accessible training programme, including a wide variety of archaeological excavation and survey techniques, from understanding how to correctly use a trowel to the collection of geophysical data for archaeological mapping. We offer a mixture of residential courses and day courses, and we welcome people of all ages, those with no prior archaeological experience as well as those wanting to build upon previous skills.

Ours aims to be the most inclusive archaeology school in the UK. We work with wellbeing and mental health support partners to deliver onsite support to participants. Our mission is to share Strata Florida’s unique history, archaeology, heritage and links to Welsh culture with as diverse an audience as possible, including members of the public, students, volunteers and others.

Strata Florida

Strata Florida Abbey (Abaty Ystrad Fflur in Welsh)is a captivating, evocative and internationally significant site located in the heart of Wales. Known affectionately as the Westminster Abbey of Wales, it had its heyday in the 12th and 13th centuries and was once an important centre of culture, religion and trade, with connections spreading far across the Welsh landscape.

The Cistercian monks who founded the abbey were quite the entrepreneurs, taking advantage of the rural location to become self-sufficient, farming thousands of sheep and building roads and bridges to allow pilgrims and traders to visit the site. The abbey would have been a very striking and imposing building and you are still, today, able to admire the majesty of its iconic, carved west doorway. The plan of the church can still be clearly traced and, rather remarkably, some of the original richly decorated tiles from the abbey have survived intact. One of them, ‘Man with the Mirror’, depicts a medieval gentleman admiring himself in a mirror.

One of the foremost early Welsh historical sources, the Brut y Tywysogion, was written at Strata Florida and the site has many important connections with Welsh culture and identity. Dafydd Ap Gwilym, Wales’s most famous medieval poet, is buried in the churchyard, as are several medieval Princes of Wales.

Today, Strata Florida is made up of a variety of different elements, from the 12th century abbey ruins now in the guardianship of Cadw; to the early 19th century St Mary’s church built on the site of several original abbey chapels; through to the adjoining 17th century Mynachlog Fawr Farmstead.

In partnership with the the Princes Foundation, we are restoring the grade II and II* listed farmstead.

Contact: info@strataflorida.org.uk

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StrataFloridaAFS/