Geophysical Exploration and Excavation:
GPR Applications and Roman Villa Excavation and Survey
Transylvania, Romania
June 7 - July 4, 2020 (session 1)
July 5 - August 1, 2020 (session 2)

LOGISTICS

 

Location: Rapoltu Mare and Micia, Hunedoara County, Transylvania, Romania

 

Dates (4 week mandatory):

  • Session 1: June 7 - July 4, 2020

  • Session 2: July 5 - August 1, 2020

 

Housing: guests of Romanian families, 2-3 participants per room, semi private bathrooms available in each house.

 

Meals: breakfast and dinner is served Mon-Fri; traditional country cuisine; we can accommodate vegetarian diets. During the week of the GPR Applications Workshop, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Mon-Sat

 

Cost: US$ 2295 per session (4 weeks mandatory)

 

Fee includes: registration and field fees, lectures, field and laboratory gear, housing and meals as described above

... about travel and safety, room and board, sightseeing

          This program is designed for participants who are interesting in adding a new skill set to their archaeological field work. The program is the result of two programs brought together in one package:

our Applied Field Geophysics Workshop - GPR Applications

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          The Roman castrum and town of site of Micia and the medieval castle of Uroi (Southern Transylvania, Romania) provide an unparalleled access to a diverse set of features and conditions.  Our GPR exploration program encompasses 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 (construction and operation of a nearby thermal power plant), and any additional and as-yet undiscovered features. Participants will be trained to be fully proficient on two GPR systems, Noggin 250MHz in a cart configuration and Noggin 500MHz in a rough terrain configuration, covering all exploration methods for shallow investigations, down to about 4m (13ft).

Our ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey near Rapolt (Southern Transylvania, Romania) from 2015 and 2017 has revealed a rural villa of “palatial” size, unique in the Dacian Provinces, covering ca. 1.2ha of built space. Our test excavations have unearthed a rich environment, with 2 story buildings, painted walls, potential colonnades, several buildings outside the villa complex itself and a plethora of artifacts. We have started in 2014 the systematic excavation of the gate complex as well as surveying the region around the villa itself, and in 2016 the intensive excavation of the villa’s main building, with spectacular results. In 2020, we will continue both vectors of research and expand our exploration of the villa's internal arrangements.

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 UPDATE

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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