Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

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 or find us on Facebook at ‘Archaeology at Halmyris’

For all enquiries, please contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Emily Hanscam at email



Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeology and Anthropology Study Abroad in Ireland in 2019

The Irish Archaeology Field School provides expert led third level training in heritage based studies to both individual students as well as university partners (please see for more details). This year the IAFS are launching an exciting range of credited programs, focusing on excavation, anthropology, forensic anthropology and geoarchaeology. These courses take place in June/July/August, with shorter courses also available in March (during spring break), and vary in length from 1 to 4 weeks.

The majority of programs are taught from the site of Carrick Castle (and settlement), Ferrycarrig, County Wexford, the southeast of Ireland. This internationally important archaeological monument is the site of the first Norman Castle in Ireland, constructed in 1169. The site is located within the stunning confines of the Irish National Heritage Park, a 40 acre parkland featuring the largest open air museum in Ireland.

We also offer a geoarchaeology/environmental science studies program, administered by our parent company The Irish Heritage School, which uniquely combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations: Birr, in the midlands; the Burren in County Clare on the West coast; and Clare Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

We are confident that our programs will appeal to students from a wide range of disciplines – including archaeology, history, anthropology, medieval studies, geology, environmental science, geography, Irish studies etc. – or indeed just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general. Programs will include third level students of all ages and nationalities. Several cultural trips are provided as part of each program. Together with the option of staying with local families in homestay accommodation, these trips ensure a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Visit for pictures/videos of 2018 programs.

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

Bio/Archaeological Techniques and Research Center

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 the 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

Session 1: June 9 – June 29, 2019
Session 2: June 30 – July 20, 2019
Session 3: July 21 – August 10, 2019
Team Size: 12-15 participants per session


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:

Application Form:

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

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

Workshop Dates:
Session 1: May 26 – June 2, 2019
Session 2: June 2 – June 9, 2019
Session 3: June 9 – June 16, 2019
Session 2: June 16 – June 23, 2019
Session 2: June 23 – June 30, 2019

Team Size: 3 participants


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:

Application Form:

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

Fieldwork: Ustica Field School 2019

Ustica field school

Dates for the Ustica field school are always announced fairly close to the start of the field school (usually the first two weeks in June), so this would suit someone who is traveling to Sicily or Italy anyway and wants to spend an extra two weeks digging on Ustica. The flyer from the 2018 season is attached: Ustica 2018

There is accommodation for up to about ten students, who will spend the morning excavating and the afternoon processing finds. This year, we will be joined by a PhD student who will study the animal remains, and by a recent PhD who will be doing the archaeobotany, and some restauratori. There are a couple of lectures in Italian and one in English and a museum visit. It’s not a fancy dig since, but the site is very rich in material and fun to dig as we uncover more structures. There is great potential for students to do their theses and there is a huge backlog of pottery that still needs to be studied from previous excavations. Brown students would be very welcome!

If you’re interested in joining the dig, please contact:

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 |