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!