ABOUT US

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!!!

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IN THE NEWS

2020-2021 CONFERENCES

 

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

NEW AND UNIQUE GEOPHYSICAL OPPORTUNITY

 

After the success of the program during the 2016-2019 campaigns, during the 2021 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/system), 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!

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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.

WHAT'S UP?
NEWS

NEW PROJECTS

 

  • Because of the continuing high demand for our 4-week long combined Geophysics (GPR) Exploration and Roman Field Excavation program and the fact that both existing June and July sessions are full, we have set up an additional third session in August, running from August 1-28, 2021.

  • 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

​​April 15, 2021: The Promise Of International Travel: April EU Travel Restrictions, Covid-19 Test Requirements, Quarantine By Country

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2021/04/15/the-promise-of-international-travel-april-eu-travel-restrictions-covid-19-test-requirements-quarantine-by-country/?sh=b4bf3b437cec

Greece to Lift Self-Isolation Requirement for All EU & Five Non-EU Countries (including the USA).

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/greece-to-lift-self-isolation-requirement-for-all-eu-five-non-eu-countries/

And: Belgium Health Minister: International Travel Ban Should Be Lifted on April 18:

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/belgium-health-minister-international-travel-ban-should-be-lifted-on-april-18/

April 12, 2021: As previously reported, international air travel appears to be safe in terms of Covid-19.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/flying-safely-pandemic-2021-wellness/index.html

 

March 24, 2021: The White House plans to lift the entry ban for EU travelers around mid-March, which has also been suggested by Secretary A. Blinken during his latest visit to Brussels. Reciprocity agreements would result in the EU opening its borders to US travelers shortly afterwards.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/us-may-lift-entry-ban-for-travellers-from-eu-uk-brazil-by-mid-may/ 

 

March 18, 2021: The US has been removed from the Romanian high risk countries in terms of Covid-19

At the present time, the infection rate in the US is considered a low risk according to Romania's standards. In practical terms, this means that if the infection rate in the US continues to drop (as expected), once Romania lifts its state of alert, US residents can enter Romania without quarantine (although vaccination seems to be the surer - all things considered - way in). Even though the US infection rate has not dropped yet to a point where it is considered safe by EU standards, since Romania is not part of Schengen, it has active borders, therefore has more latitude in implementing EU restrictions.

www.cnscbt.ro/index.php/liste-zone-afectate-covid-19/2326-lista-state-cu-risc-epidemiologic-ridicat-14-03-2021/file

March 17, 2021: Good News: The EU is moving forward towards opening the borders for the summer to internal and international travel to vaccinated travelers:

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/ec-confirms-green-certificates-to-be-used-only-for-travel-within-the-eu-for-now/

March 9, 2021:

Covid-19 Vaccine: For residents in eligible states, you can also book an appointment (based on your own state’s eligibility requirements) through https://www.kroger.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine . Kroger has been approved as a site for vaccination distribution in many/most states. It seems it’s easiest to go to that link at midnight and then type quickly to get the appointment.

 

March 7, 2021:

Individuals who are not currently eligible Covid-19 vaccine can call your local Walmart, CVS, and pharmacies and ask to be placed on their Waste Protocol lists. Once the vaccines come out of frozen storage, they need to be used that day or else they will be thrown away. If more vaccine is available than appointments for eligible patients, distribution locations will call their lists to ensure the vaccine does not go to waste.

 

March 2, 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

February 18, 2021:

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

February 16, 2021:

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

February 2, 2021:

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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