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Archaeological Summer School Transylvania 2014

Location: Sântana, Arad, Romania

May 19, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon syllabus_2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage

Project Director:

Dr. Florin Gogâltan - Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca

Project Description

The Archaeological Summer School is so far our largest and most important project, developed in collaboration with different Romanian institutions (Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of the Romanian Academy Cluj-Napoca, Tarisznyas Marton Museum – Gheorgheni, Valahia University – Targoviste, Satu-Mare Museum - Satu-Mare and Cris County Museum - Oradea, Arad Museum).

The project aims to promote and protect the archaeological heritage of Transylvania (and beyond), through the involvement of volunteers in archaeological activities. At the same time, this is a great chance for us to share the experience of an archaeological adventure with other archaeology enthusiasts (specialized or unspecialized. 

Place and duration: The project runs throughout the summer (May-September) and it’s being carried out in different locations (archaeological sites) within Transylvania. The minimum period of participation is 3 weeks, while the maximum period coincides with the length of the program.

Activities: All volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in various activities. Effective participation in an archaeological dig is, in our opinion, the only opportunity to learn and fully understand the methods applied in archaeology. The archaeological excavation is actually a process with several stages, starting with choosing the areas to be excavated, followed by tracing its limits, implementing strategies and methods for proper excavation, collecting and registering artifacts, photographing and drawing the features of the dig, processing data and issuing final interpretation and assumptions. All these processes will be completed by volunteers, with constant support and guidance provided by specialists.

What one can learn
Obviously, the learning level depends a lot on everyone’s involvement in these activities. At the end of the program we hope that each participant (volunteer or student) will hold the basics of archaeological research (the theories and techniques used by archaeologists in excavating a site), will understand and be able apply the methods of documentation (photography, drawing, etc.), will have the ability to operate the tools and equipment provided. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a small fraction of Transylvanian culture, by directly interacting with the history, geography, architecture and traditions of the area. Also, by working in a large group, participants will gain team work experience and have a great chance to socialize and make new friends.

• Project languages: Română, English, Deutsch, Magyar

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Excavations at Sântana, a large Bronze Age Fortified Settlement and non-invasive investigation of tell-settlements in the eastern part of the Carpathian Basin

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No previous experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

The fee will cover local transportation, accommodation, meals (3 meals per day) for the entire period of participation (including weekends) and guidance. Accommodation conditions will vary throughout the project, depending on our location (the archaeological site investigated at the moment), ensuring that these conditions are decent (clean bedrooms, bathroom, Internet access, etc ...)

200 Euros/week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered Contact for details


Contact Information
Elena Cristina Cordoș
Florești, B. Eroilor, nr 190 C, Ap 8