Topic ID #34174 - posted 11/29/2014 10:39 AM

Gotland Archaeological Field School


Situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea, the island of Gotland has a tremendously rich heritage from the Viking Age. Over 700 silver hoards have been found and every year at least one new hoard is discovered. Archaeological investigations 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 the Viking Age. Along the shoreline of Gotland some 60 Viking Age harbours of varying sizes have been found. For several years, Gotland University ran a research programme to investigate this Viking port of trade, which came to an end in 2005. The Viking Discovery Programme began in 2007 with the aim of studying the many Viking Age farms. During four years, designated excavations of Viking farmsteads has taken place to give a new and better understanding of the Gotlandic farm in the Viking Age, and to cast light on settlement patterns, house constructions and daily life of the Gotlandic farmers. With a start in 2013, once again we are back to get a better understanding of Viking Age trade and manufacturing, by excavating one of the most important harbours sites on Gotland – Paviken.


The course is interdisciplinary and comparable with university studies in archaeology, with most lectures and teaching of investigation techniques carried out by university personnel. The course runs eight hours a day, five days a week. Students will receive an introduction to basic aspects of field excavation techniques, which will be applied during excavation. In the field, students will process, classify, register and study excavated material. In addition to the daily excavations, students will further learn about the history of Gotland by way of organised excursions to cultural sites on the island. Courses will be taught in English. 


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