Location: Crimea, Ukraine
AAE cordially invites both professionals and amateurs from all over the world to take part in the summer 2009 dig at Artezian on the Crimean peninsula. The site is located some 20 kilometers from Kerch, once a Greek colony known under the name of Pantikapei. For 20 years the expedition has been excavating the ruins of the Bospor Kingdom town of Artezian dating as far back as the early centuries of the Christian Era. This Greek outpost town with a population of several thousand during its heyday became a spot on the edge of the Greek and barbarian worlds. Since 1988, excavations have unearthed an entire section of the citadel ruins, moats, walls, towers, dwellings, wells, ceramic furnaces, and small finds such as coins, pottery, inscriptions, lamps, vessels, cloth, weapons, jewelry, glass, and metal objects. The town's necropolis covering some 3,000 square meters of land has so far revealed several hundred graves. Artezian's unique location gives one a rare opportunity to look into the effects of the collision of the two civilizations. It also offers you the chance to explore a part of the world you might otherwise never see. Artezian invites amateurs, under/postgraduate, students, and professionals in the fields of Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Anthropology, and similar academic disciplines. Students will upgrade their skills in digging, cleaning pottery shreds, field photography, artifact analysis, computer applications and many others. A certificate can be provided to attest your participation in the course. Specialists are welcome to contribute to the expedition's goals or do research of their own.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
During excavations, the expedition's camp is located in the Crimean steppe adjacent to groves of hazelnut trees next to the Artezian well of pure mineral water which is pumped from the depth of 70 meters. All participants are expected to bring along tents and sleeping bags to accommodate themselves out in the field. The fee you pay covers four meals daily including light lunch on site. A professional cook is hired for the duration of the excavations. Our cultural progam includes trips across the peninsula and exciting lecture program shedding light on the history of the Bospor Kingdom, the Crimean peninsula, and the entire Ancient World. Come sit around our campfire and swap adventure stories at the end of the day. Take a relaxing swim in the Sea of Azov to wash away the heat and dirt of the day's work. Bring along some fresh ideas and become part of our friendly team!
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none