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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Transylvania - Romania - Bioarchaeology of the Gepids - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2013-04-30
Start Date 2013-06-30
End Date 2013-08-04



Archaeology Field School Location

National History Museum of Transylvania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

See project description


Academic Credit

6


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$1600/1100 GBP (whatever is less)


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

The cost of the field includes 3-star accommodation with wi-fi at Pensiunea Brici for 5 weeks. Students are responsible for their own meals but will have a private kitchen at their disposal.



Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Airport transfers to and from Cluj-Napoca International Airport, and incidentals including materials and lab fees are included in the costs.

Archaeology Field School Description


Skeletal remains within cemeteries and individual burials have proven to be an invaluable source of information in archaeological endeavors. The wealth of knowledge obtained from burial assemblages provides insights into culture; migratory patterns; contact and trade; social complexities and population dynamics; familial relationships, and ancestral health. Archaeology attempts to reconstruct the particulars of past populations through their material remains and, complementary to it, bioarchaeological studies comprise a deeper understanding of past populations through skeletal remains and integrates this understanding with adaptive changes to environment and culture.



The main theme of this project will be to use these approaches to produce a working body of knowledge about the Gepid populations in Transylvania (3rd -5th centuries CE). This period in history represents a poorly understood socially and politically dynamic exchange of power structure in the Balkans: namely the advent of the Hunnic state, the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the Plague of Justinian, and the ushering of the Middle Ages.



For the 2013 field season, we will be examining and analysing skeletal remains belonging to the Gepid culture, excavated from the Northeastern plains of Transylvania. All analytical work will take place in the National History Museum of Transylvania (MNIT), located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. If available, students will also have the opportunity to experience bioarchaeological fieldwork.



In addition to the analytical component, lectures will be given by TBRG archaeological and museum staff on:

-the history of the culture and the region as well as practical bioarchaeological concepts including basic osteology and standard recording techniques;
-establishing MNI;
-ageing and sexing of adults and non-adults;
-non-metric traits and normal variation;
-biomechanics;
-palaeopathology;
-and advanced methodologies including histology, radiography, stable isotope analyses, and ancient DNA and bacterial DNA extraction and amplification.

Students are not necessarily required to have any bioarchaeological/osteological experience but those who do will be in good stead to complete the course. Academic credit is available at no extra charge but paperwork must be initiated with the home university by the student.

Although the focus of this field school is core bioarchaeological investigations of the Gepids in Transylvania, we are open to a limited number of collaborative research inquiries by those wishing to conduct post-grad research on other themes or cultures.



Please do enquire by e-mail to projects@transylvaniabioarchaeology.org if you wish to apply, have any questions, or would like to be put in contact with past students.

***Please note, we are the only field school in Transylvania taught by bioarchaeologists and osteologists with formal training.***

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Bioarchaeology


Time Period

Late Roman/Early Medieval


Field School Setting/Conditions

Analysis and lectures will all take place in a separate wing of the National Museum of Transylvanian History.


How is the project area accessed each day

Museum can be accessed by foot


What is the daily schedule for the field school

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


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

Transylvania Bioarchaeology Research Group is a registered non-profit, community interest company (CIC)
RPA in progress


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Mihai Rotea (MNIT-Director/Coordinator)
Kori Lea Filipek-Ogden (TBRG- Director/Coordinator)
Sabrina Gloux (TBRG Director/Coordinator)
Instructional Lab Assistants (TBD)


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

-the history of the culture and the region as well as practical bioarchaeological concepts including basic osteology and standard recording techniques;
-establishing MNI;
-ageing and sexing of adults and non-adults;
-non-metric traits and normal variation;
-biomechanics;
-palaeopathology;
-and advanced methodologies including histology, radiography, stable isotope analyses, and ancient DNA and bacterial DNA extraction and amplification.


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes


Will there be additional organized activities?

Optional field trips will be offered at an additional low price to explore the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, caves, archaeological sites, and glacial lakes. Of course a trip to Dracula’s real castle and birthplace will be available too!


Will there be additional organized activities?

No, but optional field trips will be offered


Is travel restriced during free time?

No



Other resources students will find useful

http://www.facebook.com/groups/398735573527820/

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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

Field School Contact Information



Transylvania Bioarchaeology Research Group
Brackenbury, #5
Old Dryburn Way
Durham
United Kingdom
DH1 5BP



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Field School Contact Website: http://transylvaniabioarchaeology.org


  
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