Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeological excavations in Corsica – Summer 2016

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS
July 10-24, 2016
ACULONTRA (CORSICA)
Bronze Age settlement

The site of Aculontra is located in Gavignano, in Upper Corsica (Haute-Corse). It spreads over around 2000 m2. Three distinct archaeological entities have been identified: a medieval tower standing at its highest point, a cluster of 6 to 8 rectangular constructions thought to be protohistoric raised on the south slope of the massif and a statue-menhir that is no longer present.
The focus of the excavation is the protohistoric site which is situated on the southwest side, overlooking the Golu River. It includes at least six structures, of which four are lined up. Downhill and to the West, one or possibly two additional structures were almost entirely destroyed and reused during medieval or modern times. Constructions are of rectangular shape with right-angled quoins. A long side, which is regularised and cladded, always sits against the slope. Doors, even perhaps windows, are visible on the long sides. Walls are made with dry stone blocks of medium (30-50 cm) to very large size (up to 150 cm) with a random coursing. The angle stones are of parallelepiped shape. Elevations have been preserved up to a height of 3 m. The construction close to the summit is the only one to show double faced stone walls. In addition, the site includes several small rock shelters and some of them have revealed splinters of human skulls as surface finds.
The excavation will consist in archaeological surveys (planimetry, altimetry, sections) along with a limited stratigraphic exploration of one of the rectangular structures. The objective is to define the chronology and function of the site in a region (Castagniccia) where very little is known about the Bronze Age period.

Participation requirements:
Student in archaeology, 18 years old minimum, antitetaneous vaccination, 2 week participation minimum, accommodation (campsite and gite) and meals are covered by the excavation.

For further information, please contact the scientific leader of the excavation:
Kewin PECHE-QUILICHINI (baiucheddu@gmx.fr)

 

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Western Argolid Regional Project

Summer 2016 is the final season of WARP, an interdisciplinary archaeological survey along the Inachos river, west of the city of Argos in southern Greece. This intensive pedestrian survey includes the known archaeological sites of the Classical polis of Orneai, Mycenaean chamber tombs, and fortifications of the Roman, Medieval, and Ottoman periods, as well as an extensive system of ancient roads and passes. Among the project’s aims are (a) to understand the settlement dynamics of Argos, an important center in virtually all periods of Greek history but whose hinterland is scarcely understood, and (b) to detect the networks that connected the micro-regions of the western Argolid to each other and to neighboring valleys in the northeastern Peloponnese. We seek undergraduate field walkers for this summer either as volunteers or as credit-earning field school students.

Participants stay on the beach in comfortable vacation apartments in the beautiful fishing village of Myloi on the Gulf of Argos. Saturday field trips include the major Bronze Age palace sites at Mycenae and Tiryns, the Classical sites of Nemea, Corinth, and Epidauros (where we also see a play in the ancient theater), and the Medieval fortress of Nauplio, as well as numerous local museums.

Dates: May 29 – July 10, 2016.

Deadline for Application: April 15, 2015 (This is a rolling deadline, which means that we process applications as we get them until the project fills and this may be before April 15, so apply early!).

Fee: $3750 (for volunteers); $4750 (in-state, CO)/$5750 (out-of-state) (for the six-credit field school). Fees include six-weeks of accommodation in Myloi, most meals and transportation during the project, and entrance to all sites and museums.

For further information, see https://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob/13907 and https://studyabroad.colorado.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=899
Or email Dr. Dimitri Nakassis (d.nakassis@utoronto.ca) or Dr. Sarah James (sarah.a.james@colorado.edu)

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Apolline Project

Call for participants – Summer fieldwork opportunities in Pompeii and on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

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The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on human skeletal remains from a Medieval church, excavation of a Roman villa with baths buried by multiple Vesuvian eruptions, and pottery from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii. We will also be starting a new excavation this summer at the Roman city of Aeclanum, in inland Campania; this excavation offers an excellent opportunity for students who want to see how a dig begins, from the ground up.

The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its summer 2016 field season. Dig participants who join the first or last sessions of the Pollena excavation will have the opportunity to spend an additional week before (May 29- June 5) or after (Sept 24-Oct 1) their chosen session at the project’s accommodation for no additional charge in order to better explore the region (subject to availability).

This year we will be offering a select number of scholarships to participants.

For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit: http://www.apollineproject.org/dig.html.

 

 

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Transylvanian Limes – Identity, Liminality, Creolisation, Crisis

The mechanisms of Roman occupation of Dacia, the last Imperial expansion in Europe, are very complex and not well understood. First of all, the local population was still present, controlling if not the resources proper, the various technical aspects of harvesting them. Second, the new Roman population was a very diverse aggregate of ethnic groups from across the Empire, from the heavy Syrian presence in Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana to the many auxiliary garrisons along the various Transylvanian limes (such as our Castrum Cumidava). Third, the Dacian Provinces was de facto a frontier environment, constantly under pressure from foreign incursions from Germanic tribes from the north and west and the free Dacians and the Sarmatians/Scythian riders from the east. This liminal environment generated very dynamic vectors of creolisation and associated practices of identity construction. The Roman “civilizing” social constructs, based on an urbanized (and militarized) way of life, implementing processes of alienation through technical and technological dependencies, was constantly threatened by external and internal pressures. The very rapid process of urbanization of the Dacian Provinces forced a lot of dynamic negotiation and practical creolization in the definition, construction and display of social identity and status.

Our Roman frontier archaeology projects encompass the totality of “provincial life”, ranging from the evolution and integration of military life into the socio-economic and political fabric of frontier imperial society, the development of great urban centers such as Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the various aspects of rural provincial life and landscape strategies, and, finally, creation and expression of identity in transitory contexts.

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For more information visit our website: www.archaeotek-archaeology.org , or contact us at archaeology@archaeotek.org . All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from our past participants, visit our Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

Our programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills. Our projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Summer School of Archaeology University of Pisa (Italy)

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Each summer the University of Pisa offer a special summer course of Archaeology in the Abruzzo region (central Italy). The Archaeological summer school in Abruzzo (Italy) 2016 is a four-week course organized in collaboration with Soprintendenza Archeologia dell’Abruzzo and with the important support of other research centers for Mediterranean studies: ICCOM-CNR U.O.S. of Pisa, Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS) of Crete and INGV of Roma. The aim of our intensive course is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory and field activities.

Essential Information about the Summer School:

  • School activities will be carried out in Abruzzo, one of the most beautiful region in central Italy.
  • School dates: July 11th to August 7th, 2016 (deadline May 15)
  • Field activities will be carried out in two important sites: Colle Santo Stefano (Neolithic period) and Alba Fucens (Roman site), in order to provide students with in-depth knowledge of techniques and methodologies of modern archaeological research.
  • Our program give to any participant 10 ECTS (European academic system)*and is open to undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students.
  • To apply is necessary to fill and send the application form (downloadable from the website).
  • Fees: 2150 Euro (cost includes the school activities, accommodation and meals. International travel and all other than not specified are unfortunately not included).
    *For non-European students is the administrative office of their University liable for transfer and recognizing of credits. In case of need, the administrative office can ask for documents, necessary to facilitate credits transfer, to the Support Summer School office of Pisa University. (Support Summer School office: support.summerschool@adm.unipi.it).

To find more information about our program, visit our web-site: http://www.cfs.unipi.it/summerschool-abruzzo/ or our Facebook-page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-School-of-Archaeology-Abruzzo-Italy-University-of-Pisa/1402573946710809

For questions please contact us via summerschool.abruzzo@cfs.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­unipi.it or cristiana.petrinelli@unipi.it

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