Early Neolithic Settlement Archaeology in Northwest Romania
The 2015 Excavation
The 2015 excavation will take part between 29/06/15-09/08/2015. We will continue to excavate trench 1, were we hope to reach the natural and subterranean pits in part of the trench.
There may also be opportunities to join local rescue digs of the Satu Mare museum. There is also the chance to do more finds-recording after the dig proper in the Satu Mare County Museum under the direction of Ciprian Astaloș.
The team will stay at a hotel in Tășnad-Spa. Three students will share a room with en-suite WC and shower. Single rooms are available for an extra fee. All meals will be provided (two hot meals per day, traditional Romanian cuisine, all ingredients locally sourced). A bar, swimming pools with thermal water and free WiFi-access are available locally, a spa with hot and cold pools, restaurants, bars and shops is 10 minutes walking distance. Clothes will be cleaned for a small extra fee.
We work eight hours on the excavation from Monday to Friday, followed by two hours of post-excavation work (washing, labelling and recording finds, re-fitting, processing and sorting botanical samples, surveying, archiving photographs). Saturday is free, and there will be optional field-trips on Sunday.
There will be lectures on the local archaeology, the early Neolithic of Southeast and Central Europe and archaeological methods every week by scholars from UCL, the Satu Mare Museum and other institutions.
You will be trained in basic excavation techniques, drawing and recording, the use of a dumpy-level and the total station as well as basic recording techniques of finds and bucket-flotation. If interested, you can also receive additional tuition in the identification of pottery and lithics.
We have optional field-trips on Sundays. These can be between 4-12 h long. We will visit local archaeological museums and sites, as well as folklore collections, sites of natural interest, and historic cities and villages. You will also have a good chance of exploring the local landscape and some of the world-heritage Transylvanian Wooden Churches.
We may also organise short trips in the evenings for special-interest groups. Field-trips are charged extra.
Western Europe including Cyprus and Malta, Israel, South Africa, North-America, China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand
£270 UK STG per week
Central & Eastern Europe (according to the EAA-criteria, cf. http://e-a-a.org/membership.htm):
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, TRNC, Turkey
£200 UK STG per week
Please enquire individually (email to Ulrike Sommer)