Sarmizegetusa, Roman Capital of the Dacian Provinces

Roman Imperial Urban Excavation

2014 Evaluation

 

 

 

Pre-Arrival:

 

Did the project staff provide you with enough information beforehand to organize your packing for and travel to the project?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          0          2          5          Average: 94%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Was the pickup arrangement made prior to the project adequately seen to by project staff?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          0          2          5          Average: 94%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Housing:

 

Were the living accommodations provided by the project adequate for your needs?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          1          3          3          Average: 86%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

 

  • The bathroom flooded a lot, which is beyond your control and I don’t really care, but sometimes there was no water or whatever.

  • The living accommodations were more than adequate.

 

Food:

 

Were the meals provided by the project adequate for your needs?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          0          2          5          Average: 94%

Evaluation participation: 9/13 (69% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • Food was delicious- more variety at breakfast would be great though!

  • The staff at Zalmoxe were incredible.  More than adequate.

 

General Logistics:

 

Did you encounter any problems with the accommodations, food or travel?

  • No, everything was great

  • No

  • No

  • Wifi not consistent, showers not working properly, water shutting off.

  • No, everything went smoothly.

 

Was the project staff able to address your concerns to your satisfaction?

  • Yes, totally

  • Yes

  • Yes

 

Lectures:

 

Were the formal lectures presented informative and useful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          1          3          3          Average: 86%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Were the formal lectures presented interesting and engaging?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          2          3          2          Average: 80%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • Lots of good information.   For first time students maybe include more on the basic organization/methodology/theory of excavation.

  • Future considerations - a lecture on theory and another separate concerning excavation techniques and methodology.

  • All lectures were excellent and informative.

  • Lectures by Kaleigh and Alec were good.

 

Excavation and Survey:

 

Were the instructions provided by the project staff in the field clear and helpful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          4          2          1          Average: 71%

Evaluation participation: 9/13 (69% of participants) 

 

Did the project staff offer you a thorough theoretical understanding of the methods being employed?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          2          2          3          Average: 83%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Did your participation in the project offer new understandings of archaeological field methods?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          1          3          3          Average: 86%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

 

  • ArchaeoTek staff was helpful.  Appreciate their insight into what was happening when there were uncertainties with the other staff/participants.  It was confusing, however, to constantly be told different orders by different staff (Romanians, British, etc.).

  • Was frustrating at times when given conflicting/unclear/contradictory instructions by multiple supervisors.  Improvement in clarity be appreciated greatly.

  • ArchaeoTek staff was helpful and informative and any faults in their directive was due to higher organizational issues with several Romanian supervisors or poor communication from them to ArchaeoTek staff.  Addition of British and other “bosses” was confusing for students.

  • Instructions could have been clearer at some points. Was often told to do multiple things by different people with different instructions.

 

 

General:

 

Was the project staff able to adequately answer all of your questions?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          0          3          4          Average: 91%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Were your interactions with the Romanian and British staff informative and helpful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:               0          0          4          2          1          Average: 71%

Evaluation participation: 7/7 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • There was a lack of communication and organization in some of the higher up staff which resulted in a lot of confusion and misinformation. Understandable on a project with so many individual entities, but would recommend that trying to outline a more established chain of command might be beneficial.

  • The Romanian staff was not very clear about their objectives and how to accomplish them. The British staff seemed clueless.

 

Overall Comments:

 

Please provide us with your thoughts on what you found most rewarding about your archaeological experience on the project:

 

  • The amount of work completed was very impressive - the finished product was extremely satisfactory.

  • Collaboration of several nations on a single project. Contribution to work on a site such as Sarmizegetusa.

  • It was a cool site with a lot of interesting finds; personally, I got to excavate a couple of great finds, but I could appreciate all the good things the group uncovered.

  • I have never dug this complex a site before.  It was very rewarding to actually see the stratigraphy and learn how to read it.

  • It was interesting and insightful to work on a project with such varied participation.  I was able to learn a lot more about archaeological thought/process outside of my previous experience.

 

Other comments?

 

  • Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Amazing site. I will come back.

  • I had a great time. :)

  • Overall a great experience; I’m glad to have been able to work on this project.

WHAT'S UP?
NEWS

NEW PROJECTS

 

  • The outstanding success of our 2018 and 2019 GPR projects, the Applied Field Geophysics Workshop - GPR Applications, prompted us to buy a second GPR unit with a different central frequency and a different configuration. As a result, our participants will have the unique opportunity to get fully proficient on a 250MHz GPR system, in a cart configuration, as well as 500MHz system, in a rough terrain configuration.

  • Furthermore, participants who are committed to expand their field skill set can register to our new Geophysics Exploration and Field Excavation program. It is a 4 week program, combining the GPR Applications Workshop (5 days) and  Roman Villa Excavation (3 weeks). Participants save $400 over the combined costs of the individual programs.

2021

​​THE US WILL HAVE ENOUGH VACCINE FOR EVERY ADULT BY THE END OF MAY:

Keep a close watch of your state vaccine registration methodology and get an appointment as soon as you have access.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/politics/biden-merck-johnson--johnson-vaccine/index.html

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE US:

Some good and potentially useful advice to get the vaccine in time to travel:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/02/18/967448680/how-to-sign-up-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-in-your-state?utm_source=pocket-newtab

GREAT NEWS: ROMANIA IS IN THE PROCESS OF OPENING ITS BORDERS TO VACCINATED TRAVELERS:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/countries-open-to-vaccinated-travelers/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3OvHxxL4JQxNPMl5GkLMwBsQ0EW5hPWrSxElLLCp_Nu4DYk2MYdenbKEg

SUMMER 2021: DOES IT STILL HAPPEN? SHORT ANSWER: YES!

OUR PROJECTS ARE STILL UP AND RUNNING

As we are approaching the summer, it appears that there is some light at the end of the... trowel!!!

 

The new recommendations from the European Council to lift international travel restrictions are official (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/02/02/covid-19-council-updates-recommendation-on-travel-restrictions-from-third-countries-into-the-eu/ ) and, if the trend continues, both Canada and the US will meet those standards by the end of May (maybe sooner as the vaccination campaign progresses).

 

Furthermore, Dr. Fauci has indicated that all Americans who want the Covid-19 vaccine will have access to it by April (https://people.com/health/dr-anthony-fauci-coronavirus-vaccine-april-open-season-logistics-several-more-months/ ). If that is the case, both June and July participants could get vaccinated in time for the summer sessions. I strongly recommend you find out what is the procedure in your state and place yourself on the vaccine list as soon as possible.

 

Although Canada is significantly behind in the vaccination game, it will pick up the pace within the next month or so. It looks like it might be available for participants for the June session. However, it is almost certain participants to the July session will have access to it.

 

At the present time, a negative PCR test taken 72-48h (depending on destination) is required to board any international flight, it also appears more and more that Covid-19 vaccination will become a condition for unrestricted international travel (https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-55718553 ). At least one airline has made vaccination mandatory to access their planes - I suspect more will follow. Although it seems that coming from a country with a very low infection rate and having a negative PCR test might be enough for the EU in general, there would be additional restrictions on arrival for specific destinations for individuals who are not vaccinated.

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