Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

Fieldwork Opportunity: Dumbarton Oaks 2020 Byzantine Greek Summer School

June 29–July 24, 2020
Intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and introduction to paleography and Byzantine book culture. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. Applications due February 1, 2020
Visit: https://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/2020-byzantine-greek-summer-school

Course Offerings

The principal course will be a daily 1½-hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.

Faculty

Alexandros Alexakis, University of Ioannina
Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete

Accommodation and Costs

No tuition fees will be charged. Successful candidates from outside the Washington, DC, area will be provided with housing at no cost and lunch on weekdays. Local area students will not be offered accommodation but will receive free lunch on weekdays. Students are expected to cover their own transportation expenses.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies (or advanced undergraduates with a strong background in Greek). Two years of college-level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test may be administered to finalist applicants before successful candidates are selected. 

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a letter by February 1, 2020, addressed to the Byzantine Studies Program, describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. The application should also include a curriculum vitae and a list of all Greek authors and/or texts previously read in the original. Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately, one from the student’s adviser, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate’s present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek. Principles of selection will include three considerations: previous meritorious achievement, need for intensive study of Byzantine Greek, and future direction of research. Awards will be announced in late February 2020, and must be accepted by March 15, 2020.

Please send all required materials to:
Dumbarton Oaks
Byzantine Studies Program
1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tel.: 202-339-6940 FAX: 202-298-8409, Email: Byzantine@doaks.org

Fieldwork Opportunity: Tel Qedesh in Israel

The Hebrew University Excavations at Tel Qedesh

Tel Qedesh is one of the largest biblical mounds in northern Israel. The site that was a major cultural, economic and political hub for over four millennia is now nestled peacefully in the quiet, green scenery of the Upper Galilee of Israel, waiting for archaeologists to uncover its treasures.

Join Us to the fifth Season – July 12 – August 6, 2020. Registration is now Open!

Dig Directors
Dr. Uri Davidovich
Dr. Ido Wachtel

Geographic Location
Upper Galilee, Israel

Periods of Occupation
Early Bronze Age – British Mandate Period

Dates of the Dig
July 12, 2020 – August 6, 2020

Minimum Stay
Two weeks

Application Due
May 1, 2020

Cost
$300 for two weeks, $600 per four weeks

Academic Credit
Optional

Contact
Uri Davidovich
The Institute of Archaeology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus
Jerusalem 91905
Israel
Email: huqedesh@gmail.com
Phone: +972-546604676

Apply now: Online Registration Form

Fieldwork Opportunity: HARVARD SUMMER PROGRAM IN GREECE

NAFPLIO, THESSALONIKI 
27 JUNE – 2 AUGUST 2020

If you are planning to pursue academic study abroad this summer, we invite you to consider the Harvard Summer Program in Nafplio and Thessaloniki, Greece, 2020, under the title “Migrations and Boundaries: Reconceptualizing Mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond”. 

The program, now in its nineteenth year, is the oldest continuously running and one of the most successful Harvard study-abroad programs. The five-week course (27 June – 2 August 2020) is divided between the seaside town of Nafplio, and the historical city of Thessaloniki. Greece is an ideal place for summer study: traces of ancient history and culture are found everywhere, and the country has been an important meeting point between East and West across the centuries. The beautiful climate and landscape are additional sources of inspiration.

Nine interrelated week-long seminars offer a stimulating approach to cultural exchange, with an emphasis on migration, the legacies of Hellenism and on imperial encounters in the Mediterranean. The program’s richness is due to its interdisciplinary nature and the diversity of its faculty and students. The seminars combine linguistic, literary, and historical methodologies, while several faculty members (classicists, historians, literary and theater critics) attend each class, making it a real laboratory for collaborative thinking. Our discussions continue over dinner under the olive trees. Since 2002, students have come from as far afield as the US, England, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Guatemala, Turkey, China, and the Philippines.

Weekend excursions take us to some of the country’s most important ancient, medieval, and contemporary sites, such as Athens, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Vergina. A rich program of guest lectures, and dramatic performances at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, complete the curriculum. Weekly trips to the beautiful and relatively untouched beaches of the Peloponnese and Northern Greece enable us to enjoy the natural landscape and appreciate its fragility. Whether you are a student of the classics or modern literature, a historian or a scientist, this program will offer you unique insight into the history and representations of cultural interaction and mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. 

The course carries 8 credits that in the past have included – but are not restricted to – classics, literature, and history. In the past, participants have been undergraduates, graduate students, or independent scholars. Please note: Students must be at least 18 years old and in good academic standing to apply.

Applications are due January 30, 2020. 
Students will be notified of admission decisions by late February.

Interested candidates are encouraged to write to summergreece@chs.harvard.edu with any questions. To find out more, including detailed course descriptions, faculty bios, comments, and photos, please visit: 
https://greece.chs.harvard.edu/hssgreece
https://www.summer.harvard.edu/study-abroad/greece

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Fieldwork Opportunity: BATULYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL

Archaeological field school in Bulgaria 2020

The archaeological excavations will be carried out at Batulya fortress – a Byzantine stronghold, situated in Stara planina (Old Mountain). This is relatively new archaeological site – the archaeological excavations here started in 2017. The fortress is registered for the first time in 80s but never has been studied. Nowadays on the terrain can be seen the remains of old fortification wall as well as some of the buildings inside of the stronghold. The protective walls have thickness of 1,5 meters and are preserved along about 100 meters at the Northern part of the fortification. The dimensions of the fortified area are about 1500 sq.m. The walls fence an area with rectangular layout. At the Eastern part on the terrain are traced ruins of square tower.

Session 1: June 23 – July 11, 2020
Session 2: July 12 – July 25, 2020

To join us you should simply fill in our Application form. In the time of applying we required 30% of the participation fee to be paid in advance. This amount is not refundable! Your place is considered reserved only after the payment of the fee.

After receiving of your application we will proceed your documents and will contact you within three days with further instructions. The rest of the fee is payable 4 weeks before beginning of the field school. This amount is fully reimbursable but in case of cancellation you should inform us not later than one week prior beginning of the digs. After this deadline the amount is not refundable!

Any additional questions concerning application procedure and field school you can send to heritage.svoge@gmail.com

Find more information at: http://heritage.svoge.bg/en_excavations.html

Fieldwork Opportunity: Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School has been providing training and internships to third level students globally (see www.bafs.ie) since 2010.  The BAFS archaeological investigations are part of the award winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project (BCHAP) in the town of Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland.  The archaeology comprises the buried remains of the C13th AD/CE Dominican Friary and associated graveyard and is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds including archaeology, history, anthropology, forensics – or just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general.  The program will include students of all ages and nationalities working and living in a community context, so students are actively engaged with a public archaeology project and integrate with the local community. We hope to be able to offer 10 ECTS credits for these courses and can confirm this with you in the New Year.

Our main field season typically take place from May to August, and includes four and five week courses (BAFS Summer courses) as well as internship opportunities (BAFS Internships) for those with the requisite experience. Our five-week course includes a significant bioarchaeology component taught by Dr. Rachel Scott of DePaul University, Chicago, as well as general excavation techniques.  We also host faculty led courses for a range of academic partners and have significant experience in providing services to students and faculty, ensuring an excellent educational and culturally rich study abroad experience.

Visit our website for more information: http://bafs.ie/