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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Sweden - Gotland Archaeological Field School - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2015-07-13
End Date 2015-08-14

Multiple Session information

There will be an opportunity to combine the field course with one week dealing with GIS in Archaeology, starting one week before the actual field course.

Archaeology Field School Location

Field School will be at Västergarn, Gotland. The housing at Hemse municipality

Academic Credit

The course is a non-credit course, but all participants will get a document in line with European universities credits, giving an account on the students skills acquired.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

There will be about to lectures each week, dealing with the Viking world, by teaches from Stockholm and Uppsala universities.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Full board, meaning all meals every day, living in two-bed rooms, with full access to Gym, Internet, washing machine etc. All local transportations, all field material, entrances to the regional museum, are included in the fee.

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

For 5 weeks course with full board; $3350, for 6 weeks, starting one week earlier and having a GIS course, $3980

Archaeology Field School Description

The Paviken Project 2013-2016

That the harbour and manufacturing site at Paviken been instrumental in Västergarn’s older history is quite clear. Despite the studies carried out to this day in the area, it is still very unclear regarding the whole history of the harbour and trading centre at Paviken. Gotland Archaeological Field School will carry out complementary investigations at Paviken during a three years field project between 2013-2015, followed by one year of analyses and interpretations of the results. The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of the function and the development of the site, as well as how the site was connected to the surrounding landscape, not at least the connection to the later Västergarn.

First of all, it is necessary to understand the functional correlation between all the different objects along the eastern shore of Paviken, meaning the different settlement areas as well as the different groups of graves, all spread out over an area of about 400 meters x 1000 meters. Another main aim is to get a better idea of the earliest occupation at the site as well as the latest, and by that understand the time frame, and the connection to dated objects in Västergarn as well as along the Västergarn river. Besides these spatial and timeframe questions, we also need to better understand the function of the site Paviken I, when it comes to manufacturing and production of objects, and also a view of the long distance trade visible in the find material from the site.

The coming summer's excavations will be devoted to investigation of a workshop area close to the sea, dated to Viking Age. The aim is also to excavate some of the newly discovered Viking Age graves in the area.

For a detailed research plan, please see our homepage;

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric, with a concentration to Viking history

Time Period

Viking Age

Field School Setting/Conditions

The excavation site is about 25 km from the living place, and transports will be done by a hired bus from the school to the field, back and forth every day. To the main city on the island (Visby), it is about 50 km, and buses travel more or less every hour to the town.

How is the project area accessed each day

Travel back and forth will be done by a special bus for the project.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

The working period is from Monday to Friday, weekends free or for excursions. Some evenings, there are lectures, and one Saturday an excursion and a visit to the regional museum.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Since 1998
Is there a professional certification for this field school

The field school, as well as the head of the field school, Associate Professor Dan Carlsson, are RPA certified

Directors and Instructors

Director is Associate Professor Dan Carlsson and main field archaeologists are, besides Dan Carlsson, MA Amanda Karn, and MA Christian Hoffman.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Practical elements: - Excavation methodology, ?Including the use of a Total Station, hand-drawing plans and profiles, interpretation of field-work, and general excavation techniques. - Sorting, handling and taking care of objects of metal. - Find processing, ?cleaning and documentation of artifacts; analyses of art, function and dating; digital registration; use of databases. - Osteology ?An introduction to osteology determination of animal, and human bones, recording and statistic calculations and analyses. - Landscape analysis?Especially making use of old maps, field investigations and interpretations, as well as using the digital register of ancient monuments Digital mapping?Including GIS, GPS, and phosphate mapping - Individual research and reporting

On rain days will there be lab work?

The course will contain both field work and lab work, but also time to write a small report of a certain matter concerning the excavation.

Will there be additional organized activities?

During the field season, there will be visit to some other excavations going on on Gotland.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Some of the evenings, as well as weekends, are devoted to excursions, lectures, visit to historical sites, as well as the famous Medieval week.

Is travel restriced during free time?

No restriction concerning free time

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Associate Professor Dan Carlsson
Färjeleden 5
621 58 Visby

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