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Archaeology Digs in Europe

Numerous field schools and other planned excavations are held each year throughout the countries in Europe. Here are a few of the recent listings.
  1. Eastern Europe (14)
  2. UK & Ireland Digs (12)

Acquachiara (Italy)
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)
June to September 2014. Multiple sessions. Sanisera Field Schools. Classical Mediterranean Archaeology in Greece and Spain.

Apolline Project (Italy)
June 2-September 28, 2014. The Apolline Project includes both laboratory and field sections activities, which can be divided into three groups: lab works, fieldwork at the Roman villa with baths, boot camp 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.

Bylazora (Macedonia)
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).

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 29-August 2, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). 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.

Gonies (Crete, Greece)
June 15-July 14, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). The Three Peak Sanctuaries of Central Crete project is a University of Kent (UK) archaeological project that investigates Minoan peak sanctuaries in the rocky mountainous province of Malevyzi, in central Crete.

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)
Next field school will be in 2015. 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.

International Brigades Archaeology Project - 13IBAP (Spain)

September 12 - September 26, 2014. Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Archaeology of the Spanish Civil War at Belchite, Zaragoza. This is a brand new archaeological initiative aiming to explore the conflict archaeology of the landscapes encountered by the volunteers of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. The project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would want to take part, learning in a direct way, about the places and conditions in which combatants of the Spanish Civil War fought, and gaining experience in archaeological excavation and field survey in Spain. The project is open to newcomers to archaeology as well as experienced fieldworkers, and knowledge of Spanish is not required. IBAP is based in the U.K., and it is an integral contributor to the Spanish Civil War Archaeology Projected directed by Dr Alfredo González-Ruibal of the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Please take a look at the project website for further, detailed information, and the cost of taking part. We think you’ll enjoy the website and be inspired to explore the archaeology of the Spanish Civil War.

Kephallenia (Greece)
June 29-July 26, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA) Archaeological Shoreline Research (A. Sho.Re) is a Geo-Archaeological Project set up to explore the archaeology of the Coastal Zone at the Island of Kephallenia.

Malloura (Cyprus)
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.

Methone (Greece)
August 3-September 13, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). Ancient Methone in Pieria, Macedonia (northern Greece) enjoyed a strategic position from the Neolithic period (4000 BCE) through the Bronze Age and into historical times.

Monte Testaccio (Italy)
August 31-September 4, 2014. 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 9-July 20, 2014. 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

Paspardo (Italy)
July-August 2013 (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.

Pintia (Spain)
June 1-18, June 22-July 9 and July 13-30, 2014. (3 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.

Pollentia (Spain)
July 5-August 2, 2014. 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

PortAnta (Portugal)
Placement service for excavations in Portugal. PortAnta runs several field schools and excavations every year.

Pran'e Siddi (Sardinia, Italy)
June 28-August 2, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). The Pran'e Siddi Landscape Project was formed to conduct a more thorough investigation of agricultural practices and environmental change around the Siddi Plateau during the Nuragic period.

Roca dels Bous (Spain)
June 6-July 10, 2014. archaeoBarcelona and the University of Barcelona. Excavations at the Middle Paleolithic site located in Sant Llorenç de Montgai in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain. We will excavate stratigraphic levels from 50,000 years ago in which we will find the remains left by the last testimonies of southern European Neanderthals.

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)
June 2-June 37, 2014. 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 (Spain) and Talabriga (Portugal)
March-November, 2014. Ten sessions, 20 days each. Sanisera Field Schools. Classical Archaeology and Bioarchaeology in Portugal and Spain includes Roman cities and necropolis.

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 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

Stabiae (Italy)
June 16-July 4, 2014. University of Maryland School of Architecture and the Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae. A three-credit course with transfer credit offered by the University of Maryland School of Architecture. Planning and Preservation focusing upon the ancient seaside villas of STABIAE in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy.

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)
July 6-July 26 2014. The Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa is carrying out the excavation of a Roman imperial age harbour quarter at the site of S. Gaetano di Vada (municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno), along the coast of Tuscany. The settlement belonged to the Vada Volaterrana area, the harbour system of the famous Etruscan and Roman city of Volterra.

Our Field School is opened to foreign and Italian students of archaeology, who wish to live an experience of archaeological excavation in Italy. During three weeks they’ll experience a field survey, a GPR lab, excavation at the harbour settlement, pottery labs and guided tours to museums and archaeological sites of the sorroundings. The Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa will issue signed credits certificates (6 credits, 150 hours) for the Field School activities


  • Dr Stefano Genovesi, Laboratory of Ancient Topography, University of Pisa
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