Topic ID #39015 - posted 12/12/2017 1:51 PM

Denmark- Vasagard Archaeology Field School 2018


The site of Vasagård is located on the southern side of the island of Bornholm, Denmark. Vasagård is separated by the 100m Læså valley from two nearly identical Neolithic sites, and consists of a tomb system where a dolmen and a passage grave can be found close to the settlement. The grave system and causewayed enclosures are dated from c. 3500 BC., and constitute the most north-eastern occurrence of this complex type in Europe. During the excavations of 2013-2017, almost three hundred broken and complete flat engraved stones were uncovered, marked with patterns of radiating straight lines. Named “sun stones” or “solar stones”, archaeologists from the Bornholm Museum have postulated that these artifacts were likely part of the rituals carried out by Neolithic sun-worshipping practitioners about 5,000 years ago. New excavations will help to increase and to improve the amount of information about the site and the Neolithic history of the Baltic region.

·         Course Dates: June 17-July 14, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $3,740

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Finn Ole Nielsen, Dr. Paul Otto Nielsen, Dr. M. Nicolas Caretta, MSc. Michael Thorsen


·         The guest house is in the city of Rønne, capital of the island of Bornholm. It has been adapted into a comfortable bungalow with beds (bathrooms with shower, WC, and heating system) in the guest house, which also provides free Wi-Fi. Participants are expected to bring sleeping bags and personal towels. Students will share a room based on gender and room size.

·         Food is not included in the tuition cost for this program. The house, however, is properly furnished with all the cooking appliances and refrigerators so students can share the tasks of doing the shopping and cooking their own meals on their own. In the city, there are several options of places where food can be bought for affordable prices (approx. 15 to 20 $US). Food stores are within a walking distance from the guest house.


ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.

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