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Last Update: 04 Nov 2015

January 3-February 4, 2016: Giza, Egypt, 2016 Archaeological Field School

May 22-June 19, 2016: Maya Commoner Archaeology in Belize

Sessions and Sites throughout 2015 & Beyond:

Transylvania Summer Archaeological Field School (Romania): July thru August 2015

Archaeological Techniques and Research Center, Southern Transylvania Projects (Romania)

Balkan Heritage Field School (Bulgaria & Macedonia)

German-Cambodian Conservation School (Cambodia)

Institute for Field Research (Global)

Related Recommended Training:

San Gemini (Italy) Preservation Studies Program – Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books and Art

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Maya Commoner Archaeology in Belize: May 22-June 19, 2016
Application Deadline: May 1, 2016
Cost: $1885 for 4-weeks of food, housing, and instruction

The Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey provides college-level instruction in archaeological field methodology within a state-of-the-art research project at an ancient Maya commoner site in northwestern Belize. In 2016, teams of veterans, students, and volunteers will rotate between excavation, digital survey mapping, and laboratory activities as they investigate the densely distributed, forest-covered remains of household structures, residential terraces, relic water-control systems, and one of the only known Late Classic-period (A.D. 600-850) commoner ballcourts. The settlement-- mostly consisting of covered mounds under 2m tall-- extends for a kilometer along the sloping surface of the 200-foot Rio Bravo Escarpment. Come help us explore the complexity and sophistication of Maya commoner life at the close of the Classic period. An optional 3, 6, or 9 academic credits are offered through the Community College of Philadelphia or the University of Texas at Austin. Non-credit volunteers are welcome.

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Giza, Egypt, 2016 Archaeological Field School: January 3-February 4, 2016

This archaeological field-school is run in the Old Kingdom settlement site at Giza, Egypt, for a period of 5 weeks (January 3 to February 4 2016). On successful completion of the course students are awarded 5 academic credits by the American University in Cairo (AUC).

For more information or to request an application form, please contact Ana Tavares and Mohsen Kamel at The application deadline is May 31, 2015.

Read first-hand accounts from 2015 field training students Rahel & Debra, and from other team members, in our 2015 Field Season Blog and visit our 2015 Field Season photogallery.

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Archaeological Techniques and Research Center, Southern Transylvania Projects (Romania)
Sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Transylvania (Romania) plays a fundamental role in the development of the European world. By its geographic location, it is situated on the main communication and technological axes in and out of Europe and, as a result, became a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis. At the same time, not only it has the largest salt concentration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but it also provides easy access to massive deposits of copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. Since the earliest moments of tribal and then state formation and development, Transylvania has been at the core of all power struggles in Eastern-Southeastern Europe.

Our programs invite students and volunteers to explore, excavate and experience the genesis of European culture from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. During the 2015 field season, we will continue our focus on the archaeology of “creolization”, looking at the way colonization is in fact a dynamic process that affects and changes both the so called “core” and “periphery” actors. Concurrently, both our archaeology and bioarchaeology programs are addressing how global events are expressed at the local level and examine processes of transition in liminal spaces.

All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs and, as such, are open for both credit student and non-credit participants.

Our bioarchaeology programs offer two different venues:
  • Medieval Funerary Excavation - Lost Churches Project - Living and Dying on the European Frontier
  • Commingled Remains Osteology Research Excavation and Workshop - Bioarchaeological and Zooarchaeological Approaches to Collective Burial Analysis

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Balkan Heritage Field School (Bulgaria & Macedonia) [Multiple Projects & Locations]: Dates continuing into 2015
The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation (a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization). Since 2003 it has been offering different projects/courses, taught in English, for practical education in the fields of Archaeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments, in two Balkan countries: Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia. The Program has involved a number of academic and research institutions, museums and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia, USA, Canada, France and Japan – among them is the New Bulgarian University, which provides to all students the opportunity to obtain by request credit hours for their participation in the BHFS projects/courses.

For more information, please visit

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Institute for Field Research (Global) [Multiple Projects & Locations]: Sessions continuing into 2015
The Institute for Field Research is now offering 28 archaeological field schools around the world, including China, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the US.

For more information about each field school, visit our website:

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