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Europe - Sweden/Gotland - Gotland Archaeological Field School - 2016

Europe - Sweden/Gotland - Gotland Archaeological Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-07-11
End Date 2016-08-19

Archaeology Field School Location

Fröjel, Gotland

Archaeology Field School Tuition

4000 USD

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

100 USD
Total cost of 4100 USD

Archaeology Field School Description

Situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea, and being a meeting point between East and West, the island of Gotland, Sweden, has a tremendous rich heritage from the Viking Age. More than 700 silver hoards have been found on the island, and every year at least one new hoard is coming to light. Archaeological investigations clearly show that the hoards have been placed inside houses or close to houses and that every farm on Gotland has at least one silver hoard from Viking Age.

Just below Fröjel church in the western part of Gotland and close to the ancient coastline, one of the largest and most important trading places on Gotland during the Viking era is to be found. It was well-sheltered from hard winds by the island just beyond and the site was seething of activity over a period of 400 years. Merchants from different countries around the Baltic Sea came here and met local craftsmen and tradesmen.

A cluster of buildings surrounded the harbour with its jetties, and in the small houses the craftsmen produced their wares. Gotlandish men and women could pick and choose among a large number of products. There were imported goods such as wine and salt from southern Europe, precious metals from Arabia and amber from Poland and the Baltic states. In the craftsmen's shops one could buy typical gotlandic jewellery and those who were wealthy enough could order a gold-plated brooch.The traces and remains from this trading place are both rich and varied. The archaeological excavations at the site are amongst the most extensive that have been carried out on a Viking harbour and trading place on Gotland. But there are still unanswered questions.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Vendel and Viking Period

Field School Setting/Conditions

Swedish summer between 10-30 degrees celsius. Excavation site easy access.

How is the project area accessed each day

Transport to and from excavation site with bus is included in the tuition.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday - Thursday 9.00-16.00, Excavation
Friday - Lab work
First week no excavation but preparing lectures, seminars, and applied methodology

Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Dan Carlsson. PhD Associated Professor.

Amanda Karn. MA.

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Will there be additional organized activities?


Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Amanda Karn

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