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Europe - Romania - Cumidava Archaeological Research Project (CARP) - 2013

Location: Rasnov, Brașov, Romania

July 14, 2013 to August 17, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 21, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified


Project Director:

Darren Poltorak

Project Description

Tensions between Dacia and Rome always ran high.  This came to a head in the beginning of the 2nd Century A.D., when Trajan led two campaigns across the Danube to attack Dacia.  The war was hard fought, and the Roman suffered heavy losses, but in the end, Trajan claimed Dacia for the Roman Empire, and returned to Rome to celebrate his victory.  But what of the people of Dacia? Now that they were in the Roman Empire, how did their lives change?   How did they interact with the Roman Army that was left behind?  For a long time, these questions were ignored, but the CARP (Cumidava Archaeological Research Project) work is looking to answer just these questions.

CARP is working in town of Rașnov, near the city of Brasov and nearby Bram Stocker’s Bran Castle, which was part of the Roman limes, a system of defensive forts that established the Roman Empire’s control over the area. These forts, called castra (castrum singular), are found throughout the contentious regions of the empire, and housed the Roman Legions.  Through literary sources and material finds, the Roman name for this castrum is known to be Cumidava, which was established during the Daco-Roman wars (102-106 A.D.), and was utilized for roughly 150 years by the Romans.

The 2013 season will continue to explore these question, while teaching students the necessary skills to work on archaeological sites.  The mix of established site excavation along with exploratory work will offer a great deal of opportunity to experience different styles of archaeology, as well as dealing with research of forward thinking ideas about the past.  As this site is my disertation site, I am deeply invested that you learn all techniques properly and to teach you all that I can to have the best data possible.

No experience necessary, all skills will be taught on-site.

Spaces are limited to 11, so sign-up today!

Questions? Email with CARP in the subject line

Duration: 5 weeks (2 weeks minimum stay)

Cost: $876

Price includes:

  • Excavation registration taxes and fees
  • Housing in either a two- or three-person room with bathroom at a local pension.
  • Excavation tools, kitchen supplies, dig shirt, etc.

Dinner Option:  Traditional Romanian cooking from the pension’s chef.  Dinners Sunday through Friday. Additional $200 for full 5 weeks. (Those planning shorter stays or have dietary restrictions should contact for further information) Please indicate in application if you want the Dinner Option.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Iron Age, Roman Period

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay in two-bed rooms, with each room having its own bathroom.  The pension also has a grill, amble courtyard, WiFi, many shops on the same street for convinences, and a rec room with pool, darts, stereo, and a tv.
The Optional Dinner Plan is dinner 6 nights a week (sunday through friday) prepared by the pensions chef.  Contact prior to choosing this option if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.

Dinner Plan (optional) $200

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Darren Poltorak
Number of credits offered: none
876 USD


Contact Information
Darren Poltorak
66 Brenton Ave.
United States

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