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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Georgia - Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-07-24
End Date 2011-08-21

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

Dmanisi, Georgia
hosted by:
Wellesley College
Georgia National Museum

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Wellesley College

Academic Credit

1.25 (extended contact hour, lab course)

Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
All travel within Georgia included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Tuition fee includes credit for Anth 255 (Paleoanthropology w/field lab) through Wellesley College, all program costs within Georgia including food, lodging and transportation. Cost of transportation to Georgia not included in fee.

Archaeology Field School Description

This coming summer will mark the second annual session of the Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School. Dmanisi is one of the most exciting sites of active paleoanthropological research in the world. Dated to approximately 1.8 million years of age, the locality features extensive archaeological and fossil evidence of some of the earliest members of the human lineage found anywhere outside Africa. Situated in southern Georgia at a crossroads of humanity and surrounded by the crumbling walls of a medieval citadel complex, the site itself offers an unparalleled perspective on human prehistory.

The 2011 Dmanisi Field School will run for four weeks from July 24th through August 21st and offers an opportunity to acquire practical archaeological skills in combination with theoretical knowledge in paleoanthropology and its related sub-disciplines. The program will include daily excavations at the site, which has produced abundant human fossil evidence over the past decade, in addition to laboratory preparation and curation of excavated materials. Evening lectures from a set of international researchers associated with the site will cover areas of archaeology, paleontology, geology, anthropology and taphonomy. Students will also have the opportunity to carry out small-scale independent research projects over the course of the field school. Weekend excursions will expose students to a number of important historic and prehistoric localities within Georgia.

Run by the Georgia National Museum, the Dmanisi Field School will also offer academic credit for interested students in partnership with Wellesley College. The program is open to interested undergraduate and early graduate students. For more information on the program, including cost information and application materials, please contact Adam Van Arsdale, professor of Anthropology at Wellesley College (, or the field school directly (, Space is limited, so please make inquiries as soon as possible to ensure consideration for the 2011 season.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Lower Paleolithic

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Adam Van Arsdale
Ani Margvelashvili

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