Archaeology of the Roman Frontier (Transylvania, Romania) – Field School Opportunities in Field Archaeology, Applied Geophysics and Ethnoarchaeology/Museology
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 research area focuses on Transylvania (Romania), a region essential to the prehistoric and historic development of the Old World – Europe. Transylvania, by its geographic position as one of the main access roads in and out of Europe, and by its highly fertile lands and natural resources (i.e. salt, copper, tin, iron, silver, gold, etc.), was at the core of the multiscalar transformative processes instrumental in European construction.
It is the last European territory conquered by the Roman Empire. Its riches has saved the Empire for collapse for another two centuries. Our projects focus on questions of transition and persistence in liminal contexts, creolization, identity and status negotiation/representation in unstable and dynamic environments, socio-cultural and spiritual adaptation as it pertains to times of crisis.
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.
ARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (2 weeks minimum):
- Roman Settlement Excavation – Life by the Imperial Roads (May 29 – July 2, 2016)
- Roman Villa Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
- Roman Military Excavation – A Soldier’s Life on the Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
- Roman Imperial Urban Excavation – Sarmizegetusa, First Roman City North of the Danube (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
APPLIED FIELD METHODS:
- Applied Field Geophysics Workshop – Intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey and Analysis (May 29 – July 1, 2016; intensive 5 day sessions)
- Field Museology, Ethnoarchaeology and Traditional Crafts Workshop (June 5 – July 2, 2016)
For more information, visit our website: www.archaeotek-archaeology.org , or contact us at [email protected] . 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 projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).