Topic ID #36602 - posted 1/11/2016 6:33 AM

Archaeological Summer School Transylvania 2016



1st July-31st August 2016

Tell settlements – general information

The Bronze Age tells occupy the highest position in the settlement system of the Carpathian Basin and can be compared to contemporary sites from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. Their development covers a period of approximately 1000 years, between circa 2500 and 1500 B.C. The tells differ visibly from the rest of contemporary settlements from the Carpathian Basin in terms of architectural building patterns and thickness of the occupation debris resulted from long-term habitation of the same area. The central role played by the tell-settlements in the region is also proven by their fortification systems, the presence of defensive structures indicating a certain political authority with control over a well-defined territory.

About the field school.

All students will have the opportunity to engage in various activities. Effective participation in an archaeological investigation is, in our opinion, the only opportunity to learn and fully understand the methods applied in field archaeology. The archaeological excavation is actually a process with several stages, starting with choosing the areas to be excavated, followed by tracing its limits, implementing strategies and methods for proper excavation, collecting and registering artifacts, photographing and drawing the features of the dig, processing data and issuing final interpretation and assumptions. All these processes will be completed by students, with constant support and guidance provided by specialists.

Students will also participate in archaeological field walks, which are intended to identify potential areas of archaeological interest. They are carried out in the form of field trips in which participants learn how to identify an archaeological site in the field and what actions they have to take in this situation.

At the end of the program we hope that each student will hold the basics of archaeological research (the theories and techniques used by archaeologists in excavating a site), will understand and be able apply the methods of documentation (photography, drawing, etc.), will have the ability to operate the tools and equipment provided.


Three meals per day are provided, plus additional snacks and occasional beverages. Volunteers will be accommodated in Oradea, in a student hostel. Each room is equipped with three beds and a bathroom. Internet connection and cooking facilities are available.


The cost of participation is 200 euro per week. This will cover local transportation, accommodation, meals (3 meals per day for the entire period of participation – including weekends) and guidance. Groups consisting of three or more individuals will receive 10 % discount.

In order to apply, visit our website

Contact: Elena Cristina Cordoș                                                  

             Phone: 0040 726 837464


Syllabus 2016

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