Topic ID #37736 - posted 12/2/2016 10:05 AM

Montenegro: Vrbicka Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

There are only few regional hotspots with concentrations of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites in southeastern Europe. The territory of Montenegro is one such region that has seen only limited explorations to-date. Its karstic landscape in the hinterland of the southern part of the eastern Adriatic Sea, with mountainous regions off the Dinaric Alps carved by deep river canyons, reveals many cave sites that were the main repositories of human occupational histories in the prehistoric past. The focus of our investigations is the site of Vrbic╠îka Cave and its immediate environs, located in western Montenegro. The 2017 season will expand the excavation areas opened thus far. Research will focus on gaining better understanding of the use of the cave space for specialized activities during different phases of its occupation. In addition, research will include a survey of surrounding landscapes for locating sources of flint deposits that might have been used by prehistoric foragers.

Program Director: Dr. Dusan Boric 
Course Dates: June 11-July 15, 2017
Application Deadline: June 9, 2017
Tuition: $3,970
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Accommodations: Students will live in comfortable, but modest, apartments in the town of Niksic. The site of Vrbicka Cave is located 10 miles from Niksic at 950 meters above sea level (ca. 3,100 feet). Apartments will have all basic necessary amenities, including hot showers and a washing machine. Students will sleep on beds, couches or on inflatable mattresses on the floor and will share bathrooms with other students in the same apartment. There will be up to 5 students per apartment. Students will need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels. 

All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of
local cousin. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant where a choice of grilled meat, fish or salads will be provided. Some specialized diets may be arranged (vegan, kosher, etc.) but students must consult with project directors and no guarantees will be made. Vegetarian options will be much easier to accommodate although you should be aware that Balkan cuisine is very much based on meat, especially grilled meat.

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