Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeology and Geophysics (GPR) Field School in Transylvania (Romania)

We are continuing to make great strides into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the collapsing imperial economy for two centuries. However, the “imperial idea” on the Eastern European Provincial frontier was more complex than Rome ever expected it… and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations, have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.

Our programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Our participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), geochemical (phosphate analysis) and geophysical (GPR) survey. Our programs provide an anthropological and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment, in a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.

Our field archaeological and geophysical programs:

Roman Villa And Settlement Excavation and Survey – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania

Dates:
Session 1: June 9 – June 29, 2019
Session 2: June 30 – July 20, 2019

Team Size: 15-20 participants per session

E-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Description: The integrated results of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of almost one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, richly built two stories buildings, containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, pristine condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices. We will continue to explore the way identity is built and negotiated in a very dynamic and rich frontier environment, as well as the development of a “creole” Roman landscape.

Cost: US$ 1395 per session ( includes program fees, lectures, equipment, room and board – see flyer for details; ; not included: travel to and from Rapolt, medical insurance) ).

Web Site: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/roman-villa-excavation

Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-excavation-and-gpr

Applied Field Geophysics Workshop – Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) Applications

Location: Southern Transylvania (Deva region, Hunedoara County), Romania

Workshop Dates:
Session 1: (FULL)
Session 2: June 2 – June 9, 2019
Session 3: June 9 – June 16, 2019
Session 4: June 16 – June 23, 2019
Session 5: (FULL)

Team Size: 3 participants

E-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Description: The workshop is designed as an intensive 6-day laboratory and field school in all aspects of ground penetrating radar investigation, from theoretical principles to survey design, field preparation, data collection, in depth analysis, report writing, and podium presentation. Our participants, in 2-3 person teams, will learn the theory and methods involved in GPR exploration in various environments. Our participants will explore a very complex archaeological environment, conducting original research, in a multilayered, target rich environment, ranging in human occupation from pre-Roman to modern periods. They will learn how to manipulate, optimize and analyze in-depth the data collected using SenSoft’s EKKO Project GPR analytical software package, in order to generate professional reports as well as present the research and its results in a scientific manner, in a podium presentation.

Program Fee: US$1085 per session (it includes full room and board as described on the project web page, lectures, training, all field gear, access to analytical software, local transportation to the sites when needed; not included: travel to and from Romania, medical insurance)

Web Site: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/gpr-exploration

Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-excavation-and-gpr

Our programs are available for both credit students and non-credit participants.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project

Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

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.

Our main field season typically take places from May to August, and includes four week 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, and myself.  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.

For more information, visit www.bafs.ie and see attached flyer: BAFS-Flyer

Fieldwork: HIPPOS-SUSSITA ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL

Archaeology Field School by The University of Haifa International School in Collaboration with Hippos-Sussita Excavation Project
Field Experience, Workshops, Lectures and Guided Tours

The 20th season of excavations at Hippos-Sussita will be happening in July 2019. Our dig is open for students and amateurs from all over the world. Detailed information can be found on our website http://hippos.haifa.ac.il, and in the flyer attached.
We offer a general field school for students, as well as other personalized options of research and collaboration for those interested in practical Classical archaeology.
The ancient city of Hippos, one of the Decapolis, was erected upon the plateau of Sussita Mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee which stretches west of it. The Hippos dig offers an exciting opportunity in one of the most dramatic sceneries in the region.
The team will lodge in the beautiful Kibbutz Ein-Gev on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

During the upcoming season we plan on excavating the following areas:

  • The Roman Theater
  • The Roman Sanctuary
  • The Byzantine burnt church

Cost and Credits
The Hippos 2019 field school will extend for a month, between 30th June and 25th July 2019. The program will be divided into two sessions, each of two weeks. Session 1: June 30th – July 11th Session 2: July 14th – July 25th. Cost for full Room and Board: $2500 Tuition Fee for 4 Credits: $200 (10% discount on the total sum for those registering and paying the registration fee or full participation fee until the 31st of January 2019.) During weekends (Fri-Sat) the participants choose whether to stay at the Kibbutz (costs included) and rest, or travel in the region on their own.

Phone: 972-4-8249392
Fax: 972-4-8249876
Email: hippos@research.haifa.ac.il
Web: http://hippos.haifa.ac.il

Hippos-Sussita 2019 Season Flyer

Fieldwork: SVOGE archaeological field school 2019

Svoge Heritage program is seeking for volunteers and students to take part in the second season of the archaeological digs at Roman fortress in Iskar gorge.

The successful previous digs revealed a huge stronghold build in the ages of Constantinian dynasty (306–363). This is the only military outpost ever studied in this area and the excavations will give information about the military and administrative organization in the earlier stages of Byzantine Empire.

The field school place is located in tourist and ecological region not far from the main Bulgarian city – Sofia. The excavations are supported by Svoge Municipality and the local Historical community center. Practical and theoretical lectures will be given by different experts in the area of field archaeology and Roman history.

The excavations will be held between June 30 and July 27, 2019.

Low educational tax of 738 Euros is required in the time of applying.

Additional information can be found at http://heritage.svoge.bg/en_excavations.html

Fieldwork: Roman fortress in the Danube Delta, Romania

A four week volunteer program on a Roman fort
in the Danube Delta Romania

Now recruiting volunteers for the 2019 season 8 July to 3 August
Cost: 1300 USD for full room/board and fees

Halmyris, occupied from the 1st to the 7th centuries CE, lies on the borders of the Roman Empire in a region which faced repeated attachs in Antiquity. The fort today reveals a wealth of material culture and a fascinating archaeological record with multiple phases of destruction and rebuilding.

Join us for 2019 and help excavate one of the best preserved forts on the Lower Danube frontier!

For more information on the site and how to apply, visit our website at www.halmyris.org or find us on Facebook at ‘Archaeology at Halmyris’

For all enquiries, please contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Emily Hanscam at email e.r.hanscam@durham.ac.uk