Since 2001, ArchaeoTek  is dedicated to providing field and laboratory education and research opportunities in Transylvania, Romania, for archaeology and anthropology students and enthusiasts, offering affordable ways to explore their passion, while maintaining the highest standards of research and academic excellence. After more than two dozen projects and over 2000 students and volunteers from more than 15 nations, we have become a consecrated archaeological, bioanthropological and  exploration geophysics research center, with excavations covering the entire Carpathian Prehistory, Roman Colonization and Middle Ages; osteology, funerary, bioarchaeology excavations and laboratories; applied field geophysics and geochemistry; archaeo-metallurgy workshops, experimental archaeology and field museology workshops. ArchaeoTek’s core tenet is that academic knowledge on its own, without the appropriate skill sets to make it real in the current job market, is not particularly relevant.  As a result, all our programs focus on skill acquisition and implementation through intensive hands-on experience and training, within an extensive academic context provided by a well published, highly trained staff. And might as well do it in a setting filled with culture and history, castles and churches, magic and legends, heroes and villains… Transylvania!!!





Make sure to check the SAA, AAPA, PPA Annual Meeting programs for further updates on our research in Transylvania.



After the success of the program during the 2016-2019 campaigns, during the 2020 season, we will continue to offer several 5 day long intensive ground penetrating radar field and lab workshop. The length of the program and the size of the teams (2-3 person/team), combined with the amazing location, makes this program essential to anyone interested in a new and highly marketable skill set. Even more so, with the acquisition of a second GPR unit at a different frequency and in a different configuration, we can offer the best and most complete GPR training program on the market!


ArchaeoTek's Seventh International Student Colloquium on Bioarchaeology and Osteology was a great success. Congratulations to all the students and staff whose research and dedication made it such a great event. Check ArchaeoTek's Community Facebook page timeline for the Colloquium program.

ArchaeoTek / BioArch Canada has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and discrimination. Our aim is to foster a safe and open learning environment that encourages independent and collective intellectual growth. To achieve this, we are committed to establishing an inclusive working and living space for all students, staff, and visiting researchers. The purpose of this policy is to clearly outline the expectations of staff, students, and visiting researchers. The staff agrees: To not harass, bully, victimize, or discriminate against race, sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, mental health status, and veteran status. To encourage inclusivity, equality, and diversity. To create a learning and living environment free of bullying, and harassment, victimization, and discrimination. To take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimization, and discrimination by students and fellow staff. To promote dignity and respect for all individuals. The student/participant agrees: To not harass, bully, victimize, or discriminate against race, sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, mental health status, and veteran status. To report incidences of bullying, harassment, victimization, and discrimination by students and/or staff to the project coordinator. Any staff, students, or visiting researchers who violate our code of conduct with regards to bullying, discrimination, or sexual harassment may be asked to leave to program at that time without reimbursement or salary.




  • 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.



The latest update from our Romanian scientific partners indicates that field and museum work will resume, in Romania, by June 1. However, due to the severe mismanagement of the health crisis in the US, the travel restrictions a lot of other countries (including Romania) have set in place in regards to US citizens and/or people traveling from the US will not be lifted at the end of the Romanian state of emergency, on May 15. This aspect of the problem should be resolved by early to mid-June.

As a result, considering that most of the students and staff are coming from the US, the first session (June 7 - July 4, 2020) of our programs is not sustainable any longer, therefore, we are forced to cancel it. The second session (July 5 - August 1, 2020) is still active and we are working on the premise that we will be in the field and lab on July 5 to run the second session as planned. In this context, we will run the session with a much smaller crew, so we can enforce additional prophylactic measures (including housing, meals, work) effectively.

Please keep in mind that the Budapest arrival (and pick up for the osteology and bioarchaeology participants) is no longer an option, due to the unstable political situation in Hungary. The osteology and bioarchaeology pick up has been moved to Cluj Napoca. The GPR/Roman Villa Excavation pick up remains in Simeria, with a potential pick up option in Sibiu.

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