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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Russia - Bolgar International Archaeological Filed School (BIAFS) - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-08-15
End Date 2016-08-28

Archaeology Field School Location

Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Kazan Federal University
Khalikov Insitute of Archaeology

Academic Credit

Each of the programmes is a two week course, equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (10 ECTS). All students will receive a certificate of attendance.

Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Travel costs to Moscow vary: €300-500
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Food, Accommodation, Moscow-Kazan-Moscow train tickets, Kazan-Bolgar-Kazan transfer, excursions and visa support are included to the tuition fee

Archaeology Field School Description

The School aims to provide a combination of practical training and academic content for students and young archaeologists in a unique and multi-national environment. Every year, the school offers a wide range of programmes that consist of lectures, workshops, lab sessions, formal and informal roundtable sessions and excursions. The School is traditionally concluded by the Final Conference, where the students present their work and receive feedback from our academic staff.

This Field School is for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, regardless of nationality. Recent graduates up to the age of 35 are also welcome. Visa support for non-Russian nationals is provided, where required.

The programs are delivered both in Russian and English, with interpretation and translation to English or Russian provided by a certified interpreter when necessary.

International programmes:

1. Archaeobiology. This programme aims to equip students with an understanding of the archaeozoological and paleobotanic basics required in archaeological research. At the core of the programme is a series of lab sessions involving the development of practical skills and involving osteological materials from medieval sites of the Volga region.

2. Paleoanthropology. The programme aims to equip both students and younger archaeologists with an understanding of the research approaches to paleoanthropological data analysis. The programme includes lectures on critical issues of paleoanthropology and field restoration and conservation of paleoanthropological materials, and workshop sessions on cranial, dental and post cranial materials analysis.

3. Stone Tools: Lithic Industries and Experiments. This programme provides students with the research skills required for experimental use-wear analysis of stone tools. The programme is delivered though lectures, workshops, lab sessions, experimental work sessions and microscopic analyses that will focus on different types of stone tools.

4. Medieval Jewelry. This programme focuses on Medieval Jewelry of Western Europe, Kievan Rus’, the Middle East and Central Asia through visual research methods, including microscopy, CAT, radiography and use wear analysis.

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Will there be additional organized activities?

Round-table sessions, excursions in Bolgar and Kazan, socials and Russian Tatar culture evenings

Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr Leonid Vyazov
30 Butlerova st

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