Archaeology Placement Opportunities 2018

Alba Iulia (RO), Policastro (IT) and San Bartolomeo (IT) open for applications

Participants will be applying for a grant which will go towards the costs of the placement. Successful applicants will have their accommodation and supervision covered. Participants will need to budget for food (will be different per week depending on country chosen) and arrange and fund their travel. If there is any change to this, it will be indicated next to the placement.

We might be able to fund placements to other European destinations (other than the Partner we usually work with) as long as the duration of the placement covers 60 days (min.) and the applicant studies or recently graduated at one of our Consortium Partners (University of Bristol, Kent, Chester, Warwick, Exeter, Bournemouth, Glasgow and University of Wales Trinity St David Royal Carter). If you do not see your university listed, please contact us.

Please read through the details below (will be updated once things are confirmed) and contact us if you are interested.

Country: Romania
Host: Satul Verde with 1 Decembrie 1918″ University in Alba Iulia
Site: Alba Iulia
Duration: 1st March – 29th April 2018 (8 weeks)

4 Participants

An opportunity for a group to go and work with Dr Mihai Gligor, PhD, Head of the History, Archaeology and Museology department within “1 Decembrie 1918″ University in Alba Iulia. The group will assist staff in analysing the human and pottery remains that have been found over the years. Ideally for forensic anthropology students, this is an 8 week practical placement that will see you working and contributing towards the work of the university.

There will also be the chance of working on a rescue excavation during the 8 weeks, details still to be confirmed, so there will be a mix of excavation and post excavation work. There is more information about the site on the PEATS Romania page.

The Erasmus + grant will cover accommodation, participants will have to fund their food (about 70 Euros per week) and sort out their flights, ideally to land on the same day for airport transfers. There are now flights available to Cluj from Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield/Doncaster in addition to Luton.

If you are interested, please download and fill out the application form, available on the EASE main page. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us

They will also do some experimental archaeology and assist with setting up an exhibition

Participants will be accommodated in a self catering flat  situated within walking distance from the university.

The working programme is Monday to Friday, with weekends free to explore the surroundings.

Country: Italy
Host: Etruria Nova
Site: Policastro Bussentino, Salerno
Duration: 2nd April – 30th May 2018 (8 weeks)

This is an opportunity for final year undergraduates and recent graduates from the UK to participate on the Policastro Project in South Italy. The excavation is run by Etruria Nova Onlus, and is based in Salerno, south of Campania.

The site typology ranges from Roman urban settlement to post Medieval settlement. The group will be working alongside the Italian team excavating and recording. The working day is from 0830 – 1700

The site has been the focus of archaeological investigation since the 1960’s, where a series of excavations carried out by Venturino Panebianco in the area of the centro storico uncovered part of the Roman road of Buxentum

A new small test excavation was carried out in 1979 by archaeologist Clara Bencivenga Trillmich behind one of the medieval turrets, in via Vescovado. This uncovered a fair amount of ceramic fragments, dating back to a period between the fifth century BC and the full Middle Ages. From the same year, as part of a programme to consolidate and restore a section of the outer curtain of the medieval city walls, several small digs were directed by Werner Johannowsky, then an official the Culture Ministry’s Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage. These identified the remains of the city’s first defensive system, and, outside the city walls, part of a Roman necropolis.

In 2010, a succession of precautionary probes near Palazzo De Curtis brought to light some masonry structures from different eras, along with the remains of a male burial site dating back to the IV-V century AD.

Since 2011, the area has been the focus of a research and development project under the scientific supervision of the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Salerno, Avellino and Benevento, in partnership with the City of Santa Marina and the Association of Archaeologists of Etruria Nova Onlus and the University of Genova, a private non-profit organization. Between 2011 and 2013 a series of archaeological surveys were carried out with the aim of defining the pattern, manner and timetable in which humans populated the territory. The first two excavation areas to be opened investigated the ancient urban neighbourhood preserved in the Notaio Pinto Archaeological Park and the Roman necropolis outside the ancient city walls.

Immediately outside a section of the city’s fortification, not far from the area dug up by Werner Johannowsky, were found the remains of two burials, probably classifiable as Roman, but unfortunately badly damaged by erosion of the hillside. The oldest burial remains were of the type known as “enchytrismos“; the corpse of a child had been placed inside an amphora, without its top, which was then buried in a narrow pit. Inside the tomb no further corroboratory evidence could be found beside the bones. The second tomb, more recent, contained the remains of 2 individuals, an adult and a child, buried in the style known as “alla cappuccino” (Capuchin style). The remains were placed directly on the bottom of a narrow pit, perhaps on top of a wooden base, fabric or other perishable material, and were covered with big roofing tiles under a pile of earth sealing the tomb. Again, no corroboratory evidence could be found with the bones.

The excavation campaign 2018 will see the excavation of some rooms of the Roman baths, reused and re-adapted during the Middle Ages. In this period the area is occupied by the structures of a probable workshop, perhaps tannery, as evidenced by the presence of some structures and materials.

Participants will have to get themselves to the pick up point and budget for food, which through the hosts (delivered to the accommodation) is 100 euro per week.

If you are interested, please download and fill out the application form, available on the EASE main page. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us

Country: Italy
Host: Etruria Nova
Site: San Bartolomeo al Mare, Imperia – Mansio Lucus Bormani
Duration: 2nd August – 30th September 2018 (8 weeks)

The group will being joining the Etruria Nova team on this excavation in the port town of San Bartolomeo on the north west coast of Italy, close to the French border.

The most ancient knowledge of the Dianese territory sit at the Bronze Age (with sporadic finds dating back to the XVII – X century BC,); some hearths (Diano Marina, Via Villebone), amphorae and pottery imported from Massalia (Marsilia) and southern Italy (Tyrrhenian area), are perhaps to be referred to as a settlement of the Iron Age and the phases prior to Romanization.

The presence of Rome, witnessed with the opening of the Via Iulia Augusta in 13/12 d. C., reports to the mansio of Lucus Bormani (municipum of Albingaunum in the Publilia tribe) between Albingaunum (Albenga) and Costa Balenae (Capo Don, Riva Ligure). Remembered in the Tabula Peutingeriana, with the indication Luco Bormanni, and in the Itineriner Antonini, its link with the Roman road is attested to by a milestone found in 1837 that marks the distance of 533 miles from the Urbs.

What has been found of the complex referable to the mansio is structured in rooms located near a paved road flanked by retaining walls. The excavations highlighted the presence of six rooms, open dirt on a paved cobblestone portico and protected by a covering of tiles, once in front of a courtyard. A circular well, highlighted between the road and the rooms, is compared, based on the materials found, to the artisan injection for metal processing. The structures were abandoned during the middle imperial age between II and III AD.

Participants will need to get themselves to the pick up point and budget for food, which through the host (delivered to the accommodation) is 100 euro per week. You can see some photos of the site at this website. The map of the excavation can be seen below.

It is possible for some of our partners to host some staff visits as well. Alternatively, we are happy to discuss the possibility of funding a placement to a different partner staff already have a connection with. If any staff are interested, they are welcome to contact us to discuss the possibility.

If you are interested, please download and fill out the application form, available on the EASE main page. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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