Life by the Imperial Roads:

Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey

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          1          2          6          Average: 91%

Evaluation participation: 9/13 (69% 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          0          9          Average: 100%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • I just looked for the beard

  • Tell people to bring towels

  • Towels…

  • I always bring a towel

 

Housing:

 

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

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          1          8          Average: 98%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • I <3 Tante Leana 

  • Milika is a sweetheart!

  • Wish I had a mirror above the bathroom sink.

 

Food:

 

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

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          0          9          Average: 100%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • Perhaps too tasty. I may have gained weight.

  • Can I get a recipe book?

  • I also <3 sarmale.

  • Freaking love mici

 

General Logistics:

 

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

 

  • No 

  • NO

  • Not with Archaeotek

  • Yes

  • NO

  • No, except the well water…

  • No

  • No

 

If so, did you ask the project staff for assistance?

 

  • Yes

 

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

 

  • Yes

  • Yes!

  • Every time!!

 

Lectures:

 

Were the formal lectures presented informative and useful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          2          7          Average: 96%

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

 

Were the formal lectures presented interesting and engaging?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          1          7          Average: 93%

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

 

Did you find the supplementary materials provided informative and useful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          2          7          Average: 96%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • I didn’t do the readings, but plan to eventually.

  • Uhhhh……! [and a drawing of a cap with a feather in it]

  • My dad liked the articles too.

  • I wish there were even more lectures and materials

 

Excavation and Survey:

 

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

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          1          7          Average: 93%

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          1          0          2          6          Average: 89%

Evaluation participation: 9/13 (69% 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          0          1          8          Average: 98%

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

 

Did you feel actively engaged in all aspects of data collection in the field?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          0          8          Average: 96%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • You should mention up front what we’re looking for in trenches.  I think I easily destroyed 2 ft. of painted plaster before I knew it was a thing. 

  • I learned more here in the field than in three archaeology classes combined.

  • I’m a very hands-on person and I learned more about archaeology on this dig than I did in my theory classes.

 

Laboratory:

 

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

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          2          6          Average: 91%

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

 

Do you feel you gained an understanding of the analytical methods employed (i.e. phosphate soil analysis, typological sorting of ceramics, etc.)?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          1          7          Average: 93%

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

 

Did you feel actively engaged in all aspects of analysis in the lab?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          1          8          Average: 98%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • Did we do [type sorting]?

  • It was quite cramped @ times.

 

General:

 

Did you feel overall intellectually engaged with your work?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          1          2          6         Average: 91%

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

 

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

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          0          9          Average: 100%

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

 

Were your interactions with the Romanian staff informative and helpful?

 

                      Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                0          0          0          0          9          Average: 100%

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

 

Comments:

 

  • I thought it was great to work w/ the Romanians and especially hear lectures by them in their areas of specialty- e.g. Alex and the prehistory lecture.

  • YAS

  • 10/10 I would follow Marius into battle.

  • Te ador Romanians!

  • Marius and Alex were freaking fantastic.

 

Overall Comments:

 

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

 

  • We got a chance to do a little bit of everything - total station, lab work, even reenactment. Drew from a large scope of experiences in order to gain an understanding of culture.

  • Enjoyed working with students and staff. Digging!

  • Overall it was an incredible experience! We got along well which was awesome, and the staff were excellent.  I will return next year.

  • Bessie.

  • Interacting with locals and putting our finds in perspective by visiting local sites was highly rewarding.  Each experience drove home what we learned.

 

Other comments?

 

  • The weekend trips were great, thank you for those.  10/10 would recommend. POSEIDON BEARD

  • Several disagreements with data collection - surface collection in drastically varying vegetation level - wait, that’s it.

  • Thanks for a great dig!

WHAT'S UP?
LAST EVENT

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 $200 over the combined costs of the individual programs.

2020

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 ADVISORY

By now, everyone has  been caught in the media whirlwind surrounding the subject of the coronavirus (COVID 19). We are monitoring the situation very closely through both the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization) and ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control). Those institutions are the only competent and informed sources of factual information and subsequent advice for further action in this matter. We will fully abide by their recommendations.

 

In case the CDC raises the travel health advisory to level 3 or above for our region of interest, we will cancel the osteology, bioarchaeology, and Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation and the associated program fees will be refunded. In this very unlikely event, the GPR intensive workshop will be moved to Ottawa (Canada) and we will proceed with the training during the same dates, adding urban GPR signatures to the program. In this latter case, if you are registered to the Geophysics (GPR) Exploration and Roman Excavation, you will be reimbursed for the Roman Villa Excavation portion of the fees and receive a bonus credit of $495 off the program fees for our 2021 Roman projects, if still interested in exploring the archaeology of the Dacian Provinces.

 

At the moment, both Hungary and Romania have no travel restrictions or advisory of any kind. I do not anticipate either of them to change in any drastic way, as prophylactic measures have been set in place early and efficiently, following all ECDC and WHO guidelines.

 

To obtain the correct (and credible) information on the reality of the coronavirus outbreak, check the following sources:

 

WHO Situation Reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

CDC Situation Report: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

CDC Travel Advisory: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

ECDC Risk Assessment: Daily risk assessment on COVID-19, 7 March 2020

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