Life by the Imperial Roads:

Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey

2016 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          1          6          Average: 93%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (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          1          7          Average: 98%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • I bought my ticket before the travel kit… so maybe provide them a few weeks earlier

  • Some of the info seemed to be out of date or incomplete.

 

Housing:

 

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

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          1          0          0          7          Average: 93%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • Tinel and Geta are the #1 best house. Plus, there’s a fan

  • Milika is the

  • Found google translate phone app really helpful for communicating with our host

  • Could be more clean

 

Food:

 

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

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          3          5          Average: 93%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

  • Meat. Add some fruit?

  • More fruit and veggies please!

  • Some more fruit & veg would be nice.

  • More oil pls.

 

General Logistics:

 

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

 

  • Nope

  • No

  • Our bathroom smells like pee since we all share it.

  • Nope

  • Nope

  • They were all awesome.

  • Nope, though I miss Leana

 

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

 

  • N/A

  • N/A

  • I asked for more food once, and Alec gave me a shelf

 

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

 

  • N/A

  • Yeah boi

  • N/A

  • Yep

  • Yes. The “Hamilton” raps stopped rather promptly.

 

Lectures: 

 

Were the formal lectures presented informative and useful?

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          1          7          Average: 98%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Were the formal lectures presented interesting and engaging?

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          1          3          4          Average: 88%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Did you find the supplementary materials provided informative and useful?

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          0          8          Average: 100%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

 

  • Speaking to students rather than the computer would help people hear better.

  • Yes! Thanks.

  • Some were dry, but best they could be

  • Really, the only problem was the benches, hard to sit still with no back support.

  • More props are awesome

 

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          2          5          Average: 90%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% 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          0          3          5          Average: 93%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (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          0          1          7          Average: 98%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% 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          0          2          6          Average: 95%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

 

  • 10/10 would do again

  • Yes! I felt much more engaged in all aspects of data collection in the field than I had at other sites.

  • More cool rocks pls

  • More digging!

 

Laboratory:

 

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

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          0          8          Average: 100%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% 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          0          2          6          Average: 95%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% 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          7          Average: 98%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

                       

Comments:

 

General:

 

Did you feel overall intellectually engaged with your work?

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          1          7          Average: 98%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% 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          2          6          Average: 95%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Were your interactions with the Romanian staff informative and helpful?

 

                        Poor    1          2          3          4          5          Excellent

Evaluation:                 0          0          0          0          8          Average: 100%

Evaluation participation: 8/8 (100% of participants)

 

Comments:

 

  • Romanian staff was great!

  • Romanian staff provided visunata, great help ID-ing finds, and didn’t harass us for singing.

  • Feminist trench! & Marius is awesome

  • Staff couldn’t answer all the questions I heard asked, but that’s probably because there were some really weird questions

                                                      

Overall Comments:  

 

  • Tasks were rotated, so I feel that I could gain experience in multiple areas of field work

  • Learning the full context of the site: historic technological, geographical, specific, dirt etc. +Field trips (Cigmau, reenactment, Alba Iulia, etc.) Also, we were included in every phase so that we understand how finds correspond to knowledge about the site. The lectures were varied and trench oconversations were also the bomb. We talked about all the things. And we laughed. And we cried. And had areally really really good time.

  • Being more involved w/ the locals and culture was fantastic (especially w/ Angie, Marius, etc.)

  • Learning new things is rewarding, and I got to test my theory that while low-alcohol drinks tend to make me sick (wine, beer, etc.) high alcohol ones don’t (palinka for the win)

  • First, I think I got lucky with this crew; couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming and intelligent group. Andre, J.P., and Alec were approachable and open to questions, answered thoroughly. I loved my host and I adored this village. This was a really rewarding experience.

  • The interactions with Romanian Archaeologists were very informative, it is great to be able to ask them about anything we might be wondering.The field trips were also fantastic.

  • More field directors to be able to instruct everyone on the site.Just one isn’t enough for so many trenches.

  • Max is the best dog. I am sad brobot didn’t want to be part of our group. Field trips and travelling was also so good! Helpful organized, informative, really cool, and so fun.

  • Cool rocks are cool

  • Thanks for the great five weeks!

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

New for our 2020 season: our Applied Field Geophysics Workshop-GPR Applications will allow the comparative professional training on the core GPR systems and configurations used in near surface investigations: 250MHz and 500MHz transducers, in respectively cart and rough terrain configurations. Our program is open to all disciplines, focusing on GPR theory, methods, techniques and applications.

 

As a result of overwhelming positive response and further request from our participants, we are offering the possibility to combine all sessions of our the GPR Applications Workshop with both field sessions of our Roman Villa Excavation as a stand alone program, allowing to save $200 on the combined fees. Our two research/training case study sites have been carefully chosen to combine increasing complexity of ancient, historical and modern features. These sites provide an unparalleled access to a diverse set of features and conditions.  We address urban and proto-urban settlement construction, complex anthropogenic stratigraphic relationships, variation in soil structure and conditions, wide range of materials and their use/reuse, unmapped ancient and modern utilities, potential graves, modern and ancient civil works projects (including the remains of roads, aqueducts, and wells), changes in hydrogeological environment caused by modern human intervention, and all as-yet undiscovered features. The highest quality for the best price on any GPR courses available anywhere!!!

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