Fieldwork Opportunity: Smolianovtsy Excavation Project 2016

The South East European Archaeological Summer School is pleased to announce the next season of Smolianovtsy

The project offers two-week educational program in Roman field archaeology. In course of this program the students
will take part in ongoing excavations in Roman fortress situated near the modern town of Montana (North-Western
Bulgaria). The program offers combination of ten days hands-on fieldwork and seminars devoted to small finds
processing and archaeological illustrations. The program incorporates also research trips which will introduce the
participants with the comprehensive historical and cultural valuables of Rome and Roman civilization.

Main location: Montana region, North-Westhern Bulgaria
Site: Village of Smolyanovtsi, locality “Gradiste”
Period: Roman period (1st – 3rd c. AD), Byzantine period (4th – 6th c. AD)
Courses included: Introduction to the archaeological field methods and techniques
Academic hours: 40 hours practicum; 20 hours seminars
Project director: Maria Petrova (South East European Archaeological Summer School)
Collaborating Institutions: South East European Archaeological Summer School, International Foundation
Field school Regular sessions: 2 July – 15 July, 2016; 16 July – 29 July, 2016
Application deadline: Until the places are filled but not later than 1 June, 2016
Minimum length of stay: One session (14 days)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of places available: Maximum 8
Experience required: None
Educational trips: Chalcolithic settlement and Roman fortress in Mezdra, Vratsa museum of history, “Vratsata” gorge,
Ledenika cave, Montana fortress, Belogradchik Fortress, Belogradchik rocks, Magura Cave

Early booking till December 31, 2015: € 1027 (app. $ 1125)
Regular Admission Fee (after January, 2016): € 1284 (app. $ 1407)
For additional information about the discounts offered please check our Discounts page

Field school web-site:
Contact e-mail: [email protected]

Fieldwork Opportunity: Historic Preservation Field School in Italy and Greece

The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is a conservation field school in Italy that offers classes and a rare opportunity for students to obtain hands-on experience restoring original, ancient artifacts. The list of courses includes:


Session One (May 30 – June 24)

  • Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
  • Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
  • Book Bindings Restoration

Session Two (July 11 – August 5)

  • Paper Restoration
  • Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
  • Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy


Intersession Field Trip – Italy (June 26 – July 5)

Intersession Field Trip – Athens (June 27 – July 8)

Intersession Program – The History of Food in Italy (June 27 – July 8)


Courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate.


To find out more about our programs and review the syllabi, please visit our website:

CFP: RATS 2016-Radical Ontologies for the Contemporary Past


Radical Archaeology Theory Symposium 2016

Binghamton, New York
3-6 March 2016

Abstract deadline: December 15th 2015

Recently, anthropologists have been trying to challenge Western practices of knowledge production and understandings of existence. The theoretical oppositions at the core of Western thinking gave way to relational and new materialist endeavors.

The so-called “ontological turn” has opened doors to investigate the ways social scientists perform, produce, and disseminate their research. For instance, many archaeologists saw this process as an opportunity to go back to things and rethink archaeology as an ontological practice in itself, in which the reassembling of objects defines forms of being and becoming. However, very little has been discussed about its political implications and what seems to be a fethishization of the word “ontology”. These recent debates encourage scholars working with the materialities of the recent past to think about their responsibilities in the quest for alternative forms of being.

The Radical Archaeology Theory Symposium (R.A.T.S.) 2016 is intended as a forum to discuss the politics and ethics of the “ontological turn” and its impacts on the archaeologies of the contemporary past. We invite participants to discuss archaeology as a practice of becoming, and how it can trigger larger social engagements with the politics and ethics of the contemporary past. Issues to be addressed may include, among others:
– The relevance of ontological-oriented analyses of the contemporary past
– Politics of ontology as practical ethics
– Activist and community-based archaeologies.

Papers presenting case studies, and from intersecting fields are particularly welcomed.

Submit your abstract up to 250 words, along with your name, contact, institutional affiliation and three keywords, by December 15th 2015. The selection of papers will be announced during the first week of January 2016.

Keynote speakers:
Maria Theresia Starzmann
McGill University, Canada

Ruth Van Dyke
Binghamton University, New York

Severin Fowles
Columbia University, New York

Þóra Pétursdóttir
University of Tromsø, Norway

Organization committee:
Maura Bainbridge
Rui Gomes Coelho

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