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Europe - Germany - Celtic Tumulus in Hassloch Forest - 2013
Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information
Session 1: June 3 - June 26
Archaeology Field School Location
Hassloch, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
ca. $2000 per session
Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
The ca. $2,000 per session covers lodging, breakfast and lunch during work days of the excavation, as well as the costs of running the excavation itself. Students must cover their own airfare and evening meals.
Archaeology Field School Description
Idol Hill was probably first constructed in the Bronze Age and was rebuilt and re-used in the Hallstatt and La Tène periods, when the inhabitants of this part of Germany can be identified as Celts. Roman and medieval ceramics have also been found in the mound’s filling. Roman coins and other artefacts from the Haßlocherwald, as well as the presence of a Roman tile workshop and two Roman villas nearby, confirm that the mound was an active part of a settled landscape for a nearly 2,000 year period. Idol Hill, like other prehistoric earthworks in southern Germany, would have remained an important part of the landscape and a part of cultural and ancestral memory. The name of the mound probably dates to the medieval period, when the monument became an important geographic boundary marker.
Archaeology Field School Additional InformationArchaeology Field School Type
Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman occupation
Field School Setting/Conditions
Hassloch is the largest village in Germany with a population of about 20,000. It is a tourist destination for sports and leisure and includes a theme park, water park, and a public forest that offers nice walking/hiking. Hassloch has a train station and larger cities such as Mannheim and Heidelberg can be easily reached in less than an hour.
How is the project area accessed each day
The equipment will be transported to the site by the directors in a car and students take a ca. 20 minute walk from the hostel to the site and back.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Typically, we have breakfast at 7:00 a.m., and start work at 8:00. Work continues until 4:30 with two breaks in the morning and afternoon, as well as a lunch break. Participants are usually back home and showered by 5:30-6:00, and, when no lectures or activities are planned, have the evening to themselves.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Philip Kiernan, Director
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
In short, all of the processes of archaeological excavation, from moving earth to data management, illustration (drawing and photographs) and processing and illustrating finds. Thanks to our colleagues at the University of Mainz, we also introduce geophysical survey techniques, as well as soil sampling and micromorphology. A series of evening lectures introduces students to the history and archaeology of the region, from the prehistoric to medieval periods, while excursions and hikes to important sites and museums present participants with a broader impression of the archaeology of the area.
On rain days will there be lab work?
On rain days, the students will typically have time off for themselves.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Past field trips have included visits to Heidelberg (medieval university town), the Heiligenberg, (medieval cloisters, Celtic oppidum and Roman temple site), Trier (capital of Gallia Belgica and considered the “Rome” of the west), Mainz (capital of Germania Superior and important legionary camp, Römisch-Germanischeszentral Museum, Landesmuseum, and Roman Ship Museum) Donnersberg (large Celtic oppidum), Worms (of Nieblungenlied fame, important Roman city and museum), Speyer (Roman city and museum), Herxheim (neolithic sacrificial site with mass burial), Rheinzabern (Roman terra sigillata production center), Neustadt (important medieval castle), Bad Durkheim and the Heidenmauer (Celtic oppidum and tumuli, medieval cloister).
Will there be additional organized activities?
Weekends will be reserved for optional field trips, and an evening lecture is planned once a week during the evening on work days.
Is travel restriced during free time?
Field trips to local sites are planned every weekend and they are optional.
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