Archaeotek is offering summer field opportunities in field archaeology and bioarchaeology in Transylvania (Romania). Here is what they are offering:

Our research looks at processes of crisis management - in terms of persistence, adaptation, creolisation, identity, spirituality, and funerary rites and rituals - in liminal space-time environments, such as the European frontier, in this case, Transylvania (Romania). We are currently interested in two major continuity breaks in the region: the first one triggered by the collapse of the Dacian Kingdoms after their final defeat in 106AD to Trajan’s legions and subsequent colonization; and the second one following the defeat of the European armies at the Battle on Mohacs in 1526 and subsequent Ottoman invasion. We are focusing on questions of transition and persistence in liminal contexts, creolization, identity and status negotiation/representation in unstable and dynamic environments, socio-cultural and spiritual adaptation as it pertains to mortality, health and salvation in times of crisis.


All our projects are intensive hands-on programs, designed for skill acquisition in the context of field and laboratory research:

BIOARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (associated 3 and 4 week intensive human osteology labs below are separate):
Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation – Lost Churches Project (June 12 – July 2 and July 3 – July 23, 2016)

Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier (June 5 – July 2, 2016)
Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop Bioarchaeology of Children: Victims of Change(July 3 – July 30, 2016)
Intensive Osteology Research Workshop - Field Oriented: "Crisis" Population of the Lost Churches Project (May 22 - June 11, 2016)
Pathology Osteology Research Workshop (July 3 – July 23, 2016)

Roman Settlement Excavation – Life by the Imperial Roads (May 29 – July 2, 2016)
Roman Villa Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
Roman Military Excavation – A Soldier’s Life on the Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
Roman Imperial Urban Excavation – Sarmizegetusa, First Roman City North of the Danube(July 3 – August 6, 2016)

Applied Field Geophysics Workshop – Intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey and Analysis (May 29 – July 1, 2016; intensive 5 day sessions)
Field Museology, Ethnoarchaeology and Traditional Crafts Workshop (June 5 – July 2, 2016)

For more information, see attached brochures, or visit our website:, or contact us at . All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from our past participants, visit our Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

Our projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).

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