Archaeology Digs in Europe
Field schools listed below with dates older than the current year may indicate an ongoing project that has not yet established dates for this season.
July 5-July 31 2013. Oberlin College and Oxford University. Since its inception in 1999 the Sangro Valley Project has included a Field School and considers the training of both graduate and undergraduate students in the latest archeological and technological methodologies to be part of its essential mission. The four-week Field School enrolls up to twenty undergraduate students annually, the majority drawn from Oberlin College and Oxford University (with occasional undergraduate and graduate students from other US and UK as well as Italian universities).
Acropolis of Athens (Greece) and Sanisera (Spain)
April 20-November 3, 2013. Ten sessions, 20 days each. Sanisera Field Schools. Classical Mediterranean Archaeology in Greece and Spain.
Apolline Project (Italy)
Spring and Summer, 2013. The Apolline Project includes both laboratory and field sections, which can be divided into three groups: lab works during Spring break, Summer fieldwork at the Roman villa with baths, Summer School of human forensic at the Medieval church in Pernosano.
Placement service for archaeology digs in Spain, no Spanish required, mostly for university-based excavations and student credit provided.
June - July 2012. The Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research (TFAHR); University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. A systematic excavation of the site that many archaeologists believe is Bylazora, the fabled capital of the Paionian people.June and July 2010 was TFAHR’s third season excavating the site most archaeologists now regard as the ancient Paionian city of Bylazora. Since 2008 TFAHR has been excavating on the acropolis of Bylazora (Sector 3). Starting with a trench that had been backfilled from a 1980s test sounding, TFAHR went on to expose a 25 meter length of the city’s defensive wall and came upon the remains of a propylon (monumental gateway).
Castanheiro do Vento (Portugal)
July-September, 2005. University of Portugal. Archaeological excavations in the prehistoric precinct of Castanheiro do Vento (Horta do Douro V.ª N.ª de Foz Côa- NE of Portugal).
Colonia Clunia Sulpicia (Spain)
Currently on hold. ArchaeoSpain. ArchaeoSpain participants at the archaeological excavation of Clunia will join a field crew alongside archaeologists and architects from the Universities of Valladolid, Burgos and Barcelona. Next summer we will be continuing the excavation of the city’s theater, the largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsula.
Cova Gran (Spain)
June 30-August 3, 2013. Institute for Field Research. The South-eastern Pyrenees have a rich archaeological heritage, with human settlement spanning from the Late Middle Paleolithic to the Early Upper Paleolithic, Late Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic. This project focuses on the Cova Gran-Santa Linya site, which permits to analyze differences between Neanderthals and Modern humans around the MIS 3/2 limit.
Cueva Negra and Sima de las Palomas (Spain)
June 30-August 11, 2011 (two sessions). Area de Antropologia Fisica, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. Ongoing excavation at southeastern Spanish early Palaeolithic sites with hominid remains.
Grotte XVI Project (France)
TBD. The Grotte XVI is a large cave in the Perigord region of southern France. Excavations have been carried out in the cave since 1984 by the University of Tennessee (Jan F. Simek, PI) and the University of Bordeaux (Jean-Philippe Rigaud, PI).
Iklaina Archaeological Project (Greece)
June 16-July 7, 2013. University of Missouri - St. Louis and Athens Archaeological Society. Situated at a strategic location overlooking the Ionian Sea, Iklaina appears to have been an important district capital of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1100 BC). This is the period also known as “Mycenaean” and famous for such mythical sagas as the Trojan War.
Institute for Field Research (Europe)
The IFR conducts archaeological research throughout the globe, including Europe.
KU in Ancient Greece
Next offered in 2013(?). University of Kansas. Every year classicist John Younger takes a group to Greece, where they tour the museums and archaeological sites, for course credit and or just the plain fun of learning something new. No digging, just tours, travel, monuments and museums.
June 1-July 15, 2013. Davidson College Athienou Archaeological Project. This Davidson College sponsored program trains students in archaeological field methods and techniques and introduces them to the rich history and culture of the island of Cyprus, uniquely situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Project involves excavation at the site of Malloura (occupied from the Geometric through Ottoman periods - 8th century B.C. to 19th century A.D.) and field survey of the surrounding valley in south central Cyprus. Participants attend seminars led by faculty and resident or guest specialists, complete an independent research project, and visit archaeological sites (e.g., Amathus, Kition, Idalion, Kourion, Paphos) and museums. Students live in the small town of Athienou and learn about life in modern Cyprus.
Marsiliana d'Albegna (Italy)
To be confirmed for 2013. University of Siena and Etruria Nova. Ongoing excavations at an Etruscan village and necropolis in Tuscany.
June 15-June 28, 2008. University of Tennessee. The aim of the basic field school is to explore the archaeology of Greece focusing on the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, at the site of Mitrou, a tidal islet on the North Euboean Gulf of central Greece.
Monte Testaccio (Italy)
September 1-15, 2013. ArchaeoSpain. Testaccio was the largest archive of Roman commerce in the world. Monte Testaccio is an artificial hill of testae and crockery 45 meters (135 ft.) high. Participants at this site will interact in all aspects of the archaeological process, including artifact extraction, documentation, drawing, recording and restoration. Once an ancient pottery dump, Monte Testaccio is now one of the largest archives of Roman commerce in the world. Heralded as one of the most important research programs about Roman epigraphy, economy and commerce today, Monte Testaccio combines the efforts of two universities and ArchaeoSpain to process the pottery shards from an artificial mount created by centuries of discarded amphorae – many of which still bear the markings of the contents and the exporters who transported them
Ostia Antica (Italy)
June 10-July 21, 2013. American Institute for Roman Culture. AIRC is seeking 30 participants for the first campaign of an exciting new multi-year project at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome. The project is focused on a large (approximately 10 m long by 5 m wide) structure, composed of brick-faced concrete walls and vaulting, as well as marble elements and massive travertine blocks, located along the ancient coastline
July 18-August 8 2012 (3 sessions). The Archaeological Cooperative Society. The Footsteps of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society is based in Valcamonica, an alpine valley comprised between the province of Bergamo and Brescia in Northern Italy, where rock art constitutes an archaeological, artistic, ethnographic and historical patrimony of inestimable value, not only for its antiquity but, above all, for the thematic and iconographic wealth. The project participants will learn to survey, clean, photograph, draw and catalogue the rock engravings at sites around Paspardo, including Vite-Deria, Baite Fles, In Valle, La Bosca and Dos Sulif.
June 1-25, and July 5-20, 2013. (2 sessions). University of Valladolid and ArchaeoSpain. The University of Valladolid’s archaeological team at the Celtic-Iron Age necropolis and Roman settlement of Pintia has chosen ArchaeoSpain to organize international student crews to join its team this summer. The excavation focuses on the Vaccean necropolis and city walls. The Vaccean culture was an Iron Age people with Celtic links that settled in north-central Spain around the 5th century BC. The cemetery, located about 300 meters (984 feet) from the main settlement, was used between the 4th century BC and the 1st century.
Poggio Colla (Italy)
June 29-August 2, 2013. Southern Methodist University. The Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Poggio Colla Field School center on the excavation of Poggio Colla, an Etruscan settlement site in the Mugello near the modern town of Vicchio, about twenty miles northeast of Florence, Italy.
July 7-August 3, 2013. ArchaeoSpain. In 70 B.C. the Romans founded the city of Pollentia on the northern side of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. This ArchaeoSpain program is designed for High School students currently in grades 11 and 12 (16-17 years old). The participants at the archaeological excavation of Pollentia on the island of Mallorca will work as field crew on the ancient settlement of the city alongside archaeologists from local government agencies and university students. The object of our work will be the continuing excavation of the city's Forum. Participants at this site will contribute to the research of the introduction and development of the Roman culture across the Mediterranean and specifically in the Balearic Islands
Placement service for excavations in Portugal. PortAnta runs several field schools and excavations every year.
Prane Siddi (Italy)
June 16-July 20, 2013. Institute for Field Research. During the Middle Bronze Age, a hierarchical society built sixteen monumental stone towers on Pran'e Siddi, a high plateau located in south-central Sardinia (Italy). Within a few centuries, these monumental sites were abandoned. The Pran'e Siddi Landscape Project was established to research how the Middle Bronze Age people of Pran'e Siddi used their land
Rome, Pompeii (Italy) and Sanisera (Portugal)
April 20-November 3, 2013. Ten sessions, 20 days each. Sanisera Field Schools. Classical Archaeology in Italy and Spain. Exploring Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire, & Pompeii with fieldwork in the ancient Roman city of Sanisera.
San Gemini (Italy)
May 26-August 3, 2013 (three sessions). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and fieldtrips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. It is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini.
Sanisera (Throughout Europe)
The Sanisera Field School offers over 20 international courses throughout Europe focusing on archaeology, anthropology, GIS, underwater archaeology and archaeological film
Sanisera (Spain) and Talabriga (Portugal)
April 20-November 3, 2013. Ten sessions, 20 days each. Sanisera Field Schools. Classical Archaeology and Bioarchaeology in Portugal and Spain includes Roman cities and necropolis.
Sanisera Necropolis (Spain)
April 20-November 3, 2013. Ten sessions, 20 days each. Sanisera Field Schools. Fieldwork in the Necropolis and the Ancient Roman City of Sanisera
Souskiou-Laona Settlement Excavation (Cyprus)
May 2-29, 2011. Lemba Archaeological Research Center, University of Edinburgh. Souskiou consists of four contemporary cemeteries and an associated settlement of c. 3000 BC. Since the 1950s, the cemeteries have yielded striking objects including a vast number of cruciform female figurines. We now have the opportunity to make the first sustained excavations at the settlement.
Torre d'en Galma (Spain)
June 5-July 17, 2013. Boston University and Universitat de les Illes Balears in Menorca. Torre d'en Galma, the easternmost of Spain’s four Balearic Islands, is located midway between Spain, Sardinia, France, and North Africa. The field school will be based in the beautiful port city of Mahón, now the modern capital of Menorca.
Vada Volaterrana (Italy)
Dates to be determined, 2014. Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa, under the direction of prof. M. Pasquinucci and Dr. S. Menchelli. Etruscan and Roman City in Gaetano di Vada (municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno), along the coast of Tuscany.