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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Transylvania-Romania-Jucu Necropolis Excavations and Bioarchaeology Field School - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2015-06-01
Start Date 2015-07-05
End Date 2015-08-09



Archaeology Field School Location

Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Academic Credit

6


Archaeology Field School Tuition

2650 GBP


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Hotel accommodation (3 star with wi-fi)


Archaeology Field School Travel
N/A
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The cost of both the excavation and laboratory field-school will include lectures delivered by research staff on osteological and archaeological method and theory; five weeks accommodation in a 3* hotel; transportation to and from the site; equipment and materials; and custom field trip throughout Transylvania exploring the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, archaeological sites, cities, and glacial lakes in the Carpathian Mountains. Of course trips to Dracula’s real castle and birthplace are in the itinerary too!

Archaeology Field School Description


The Jucu Necropolis project began in 2013 as a collaboration between Transylvania Bioarchaeology and the Romanian Institute for Archaeology and Art History in Transylvania. The project is based out of Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania. The vibrant, culture-rich city plays host to the lab-based portion of the project and hotel accommodation. The excavation is situated just outside of the city in the beautiful, ancient Transylvanian landscape.

The site is located between three archaeological settlements associated with different time periods, beginning in the Late Roman period through to the Barbarian invasions and the early Medieval period. Sample test excavations revealed nearly 100 individuals, with an estimated 1000 burials yet to be revealed. In addition to the skeletal remains, cremation burials from the 8th – 9th centuries AD have also been recovered. The 2014 field season excavated ten inhumation burials and identified the locations of a number of others for 2015.

The aims of the 2015 field season are twofold: 1. To continue to excavate the skeletal remains and associated material culture from the necropolis; and 2. To begin the post-excavation processing and analysis of the human remains previously recovered. The long-term objective of the project is to further define the relationship between the necropolis and the surrounding settlements, as well as to attempt to understand the social customs, palaeodemography, origins, and health status of the differing populations

Our field school is extremely unique in that it offers all students and volunteers both the opportunity to take part in archaeological excavations of human remains as well as subsequent training in the bioarchaeological analysis of the skeletons they excavate themselves.

All participants will be personally trained in the following:

EXCAVATION:
-Basics of Field Archaeology
-Bioarchaeological Ethics
-Skeletal ID & Excavation
-Site Drawing
-Environmental Sampling
-Photography
-Site and Finds Recording
-Stratigraphic Profiling
-Site Surveying

&

LABORATORY ANALYSIS:
-ID and Analysis of the Human Skeleton
-Skeletal Recording
-Ageing & Sexing Human Skeletal Remains
-Metric and Non-Metric Traits
-Palaeopathology & Trauma
-Advanced Biomolecular Methods
-Bioarchaeological Theory & Research Skills


New for 2015!!!

Professor Charlotte Roberts from Durham University
(Director of the MSc Palaeopathology programme at Durham University, author of The Archaeology of Disease (2005), Human Remains: A Handbook (2009), Health and Disease in Britain (2003), and The Bioarchaeology of Tuberculosis (2003); Editor of The Past and Present of Leprosy (2002), The Global History of Paleopathology (2012), and the International Journal of Paleopathology; and many other journal papers)
will be joining Transylvania Bioarchaeology this year to give special guest lectures on Bioarchaeology, including Palaeopathology, Research Themes in Palaeopathology, and lend her expertise to students in the field.

A key element to the field school is our long-running, once in a lifetime custom field trip throughout Transylvania exploring the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, archaeological sites, cities, and glacial lakes in the Carpathian Mountains. Of course trips to Dracula’s real castle and birthplace are in the itinerary too!

The field season will take place over one five week session between July 5th and August 9th, and the cost of both the excavation and laboratory field-school will include lectures delivered by research staff on osteological and archaeological method and theory; five weeks accommodation in a 3* hotel; transportation to and from the site; equipment and materials; and the Transylvania field trip.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Bioarchaeology


Time Period

Roman-Barbarian-Medieval


Field School Setting/Conditions

The Jucu Necropolis project is based out of Cluj- Napoca, Romania in the heart of Transylvania. The vibrant, culture-rich city plays host to the lab-based portion of the project and hotel accommodation. The excavation is situated just outside of the city in the beautiful, ancient Transylvanian landscape.


How is the project area accessed each day

Students will be provided access to the site via private transportation or train



Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
3
Is there a professional certification for this field school

In process


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Katie Tucker (Winchester University)

Dr. Ioan Stanciu (Romanian Institute of Archaeology and Art History)

Kori Filipek-Ogden (Durham University)

Professor Charlotte Roberts (Durham University)

Kathryn Hunt (TED Fellow and Paleo-Oncological Research Organization)

Kayla Crowder (Durham University)


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

EXCAVATION:
Basics of Field Archaeology
Bioarchaeological Ethics
Skeletal ID & Excavation
Site Drawing
Environmental Sampling
Photography
Site and Finds Recording
Stratigraphic Profiling
Site Surveying

&

LABORATORY ANALYSIS
ID and Analysis of the Human Skeleton
Skeletal Recording
Ageing & Sexing Human Skeletal Remains
Metric & Non-Metric Traits
Palaeopathology & Trauma
Advanced Biomolecular Methods
Bioarchaeological Theory & Research Skills


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes


Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be a one-of-a-kind 4 day field trip throughout Transylvania exploring the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, archaeological sites, cities, and glacial lakes in the Carpathian Mountains. Of course trips to Dracula’s real castle and birthplace are in the itinerary too! This field trip is included in the field school price.


Will there be additional organized activities?

No


Is travel restriced during free time?

No



Other resources students will find useful

www.transylvaniabioarchaeology.org

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.Transylvaniabioarchaeology.org

Field School Contact Information



Dr. Katie Tucker
Transylvania Bioarchaeology
United Kingdom



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