Fieldwork Opportunity: 72nd Empúries Archaeology Course 2018

The Archaeological Museum of Catalonia-Empúries is organizing the 72nd Empuries Archeaology Course from July 8-28, 2018.

The Port Areas in the Greek Cities

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This year’s Empúries Archaeology course coincides with the restarting of archaeological excavation in the Greek city of Emporion. The aim of the planned field work is to continue uncovering the constructions of the city’s port area and, especially, its connection with the natural bay extending to the north which acted as the port itself. Earlier interventions in this sector permitted the recovery of a complex  stratigraphic sequence, illustrating the evolution of the Greek centre as well as other evidence proving the existence of a sanctuary or place of worship lose to the port, as in the case of other Greek cities and colonial outposts.

With the aim of complementing the practical knowledge acquired during excavation, “The port areas of the Greek cities” has been chosen as the monographic subject for this year’s course.  Over several theoretical sessions, as well as through the field work, we propose to study the port installations of Greek cities and particularly to advance in the understanding of the port area of Emporion with a multidisciplinary approach, combining archaeological work with geophysical and geomorphological studies, which are just as necessary for its interpretation.

In the mornings, students will participate in the archaeological excavation work that will be carried out in the Greek city of Empúries, as well as in the work to classify and make an inventory of the material discovered during the excavation. In the afternoons, there will be conferences programmed, as well as visits to the site and museum, work sessions and debates organized about the subject of the course. On Saturdays, several visits are also planned: the Iberian settlement in Ullastret, the sites of the Ciutadella of Roses and Sant Pere de Rodes, the archaeological site of Lattes and village of Agde in France.

The Empúries Archaeology Course is aimed at second cycle university students studying a degree in Archaeology or History, and at Master’s students, preferably with previous experience in archaeological excavation.

Students interested in participating in the course should contact their university’s archaeology department, which will be able to process applications. The course is limited to twenty-six places. For this reason, universities can only propose a single candidate for final selection from among the applicants. The deadline for the application is May 31, 2018.

The students who are finally selected will receive an email by June 8 containing full information (timetable, accommodation, etc)

In the coming weeks the final program of the course will be published together with information about lectures and other activities.

  • Date: July 8-28, 2018
  • Place: MAC Empúries
  • Price: 300€ This price includes accommodation and board during the course, an insurance policy, attendance at practical and theoretical sessions and the planned visits.

Application Form: 72nd Empuries Archaeology Course

MAC-Empúries offers the possibility for two students to be able to obtain a grant to cover the price of the course.

Further informations:
Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya-Empúries
Tel. (+34) 972 77 02 08 | [email protected]

Fieldwork Opportunity: School of Archaeology in Abruzzo, Italy

Immagine incorporata 1A second call for applications is now open for the Archaeological School in Abruzzo (Italy)-summer program 2018 of University of Pisa.

The Archaeological Summer School in Abruzzo  is a four-week course offered by the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Soprintendenza  Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio dell’Abruzzo and with the important support of other research centers for the archaeological studies: University of Foggia,  ICCOM-CNR U.O.S. of Pisa and INGV of Rome.

The aim of our course is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an  intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experience and field activity.

The program represent a new approach in studying and understanding ancient civilizations and offers its participants a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of archaeology. This year the school gives the opportunity to learn and work in three different excavations sites  where student will gain the skill and a deeper knowledge of the archaeology from the prehistoric to the roman period.

  • The school will take place in the area of Fucino (Abruzzo) from July 8th to August 4th 2018.
  • The registration deadline is April 30th 2018.
  • Each participant will earn 10 undergraduate credits and a certificate of participation through the University of Pisa.
  • Costs includes all the school activities, accommodation and meals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff: [email protected]

For more information and to apply visit our:
– official website at:
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Fieldwork Opportunity: San Valentino Field School


The San Valentino Archaeology Field School project offers training  to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the  archaeological research process, from excavation to lab work, guided by a qualified research team from University of Tuscia.
The archaeological area of San Valentino is located on top of a plateau covered by vegetation about 5 km from Soriano nel Cimino, a town characterized by two different inhabitation patterns: a small
medieval center around the castle built by pope Nicholas II Orsini in the 13th century and the extended Renaissance quarters around this first settlement.

The excavation, under the scientific direction of professor Elisabetta De Minicis of University of Tuscia, brought to light a significant church dedicated to Saint Valentine and dated to the 11th century
AD, perhaps built over a much earlier structure, surrounded by a large cemeterial area and a probable settlement completely forgotten by the historical record. In addition, also ancient Roman and medieval agricultural structures (for wine production) begin to emerge from the area close to the excavated areas.

The 2018 campaign, which will take place from June 15th to July 16th, aims at uncovering the entire cemeterial area and identifying the other structures close to the ecclesiastic building. During the project students will stay at the four-star hotel with swimming pool “Hotel dell’Eremo” in a double room and will be taken to and from the excavation site by a private driver. During weekdays breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, while lunch (always served by a local restaurant) will be brought on the excavation site. Tuition also covers breakfast and dinner during weekends. All meals will be prepared by local chefs and will therefore constitute an opportunity for students to enjoy and learn about Italian cuisine. In addition to a thorough field training on all the steps of the excavation process, also an Italian language course will be offered to international students. The program also includes weekend trips to Rome, Viterbo and the surrounding territories. Students are left free on Sunday.
At the end of the four-week experience University of Tuscia will issue a certificate of attendance.

In order to join the San Valentino Archaeology Field School, students must submit the application form by May 15th, attaching also their proof of international health and safety coverage and
the copy of a valid passport. Previous fieldwork experiences and knowledge of Italian are not mandatory requirements to apply.
The entire cost of tuition including a four week stay in a four-star hotel, food for the entire period of stay (excluded weekend lunches), transport to and from the airport, trips to Rome and Viterbo (transport, museum tickets and tour guide included), Italian language course, mentoring in English for the entire length of the fieldwork experience, transportation to and from the excavation site, is of $4.500. Once the student receives the email of acceptance, he is required to pay within 15 days a non-refundable deposit of $500 and to pay the remaining $4.000 of tuition by June 7th.

Apply to [email protected] by May 15th.
The application form and more information are available on the
Facebook Page:

For further information feel free to write to  [email protected].

Fieldwork Opportunity: Summer 2018 Peru Field School

Spots still available for the 2018 PIARA Archaeological Field School at Hualcayán, Peru!

PIARA offers an exciting field school course, Analytical Methods in Archaeology, where students focus their studies on a particular analytical specialty in addition to gaining experience in fundamental field and laboratory skills while working and living in highland Peru.

In 2018, students will excavate monumental tombs and ritual spaces at Hualcayán, then focus their studies on one of the following methodological concentrations: Bioarchaeology or Artifact Analysis. Students will also participate in supplementary training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3D Photogrammetry. Students who participate in the field school will thus not only learn the essential skills required of field archaeologists (mapping, excavation, artifact processing, etc.), but also gain exposure to a range of specialized methods that are shaping innovations in the field today. Students will also learn about the site’s 4000 year span of prehistoric Andean culture (2400 BC–AD 1450).

During the field school, student participants will live and work with the rural, bilingual Quechua/Spanish-speaking community of Hualcayán, which facilitates an important component of the field school: learning to ethically and respectfully conduct research on the remains of other people’s heritage through community collaboration. Students will spend at least one full day contributing to a community-designated project, and daily work will occur alongside both young adults from Hualcayán and Peruvian university students. The result is a robust intercultural learning experience for all project participants.

Hualcayán is located in the spectacular Andean highlands of Ancash, Peru, nestled below the glaciated peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. As part of the field school, students will travel to important archaeological sites and museums in three cities and visit stunning natural features likes high altitude lagoons and glaciers. Six course credits will be offered by the Universidad Nacional de Ancash – Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo (UNASAM).

Students may choose one of two sessions:
Session 1: June 25 – July 23, 2018 (near capacity)
Session 2: July 24 – August 21, 2018 (still available)

For complete information, or to apply, visit the PIARA website ( or email us at [email protected].

Rebecca Bria, PIARA director