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 050: Archaeological fieldwork in the ancient city of Petra

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The training provided in this course and experience can strengthen the university
students' ability to perform in an archaeological professional level
, being directed to both participants, with or without previous archaeological experience. The student will be able to learn from basic principles of archaeological excavations and laboratory research, without any previous experience required.

You can learn from the beginning excavation techniques and methodology. During the excavation you will find archaeological remains from the classical period including Roman pottery, amphorae, glass, etc. that you will learn how to identify in the laboratory.

The comprehensive experience that you will gain in this course will help you to decide if you want to pursue archaeology in university or as a profession

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.


Field School life & language

The fieldwork focuses on Classical archaeology, and specifically on Roman archaeology.

On a normal working day at the Field School, students wake up in the morning and have breakfast at the students' residence before the staff members pick them up with the vans. Once there, students devote 4 hours to fieldwork, where they learn proper excavation techniques to improve their skills, while they dig in different buildings in an area of the city.

During fieldwork students recover the materials located in the rooms and other contexts, including tons of Roman ceramics such as amphorae and fine wares, glass wares, faunal remains and metal pieces such as adornments, tools and coins.

After fieldwork we go to the Field School center, where students have a sandwich break to get some energy back! Our center holds the laboratories, where students work with the Roman pottery found on site. The main aim is to wash, label, classify and prepare the materials' inventories. Also, students are given lectures on Roman pottery typologies (both for amphorae and fine wares), History of the site, archaeological practice and methodology and Classical History.

Digging at the Roman city of Petra is a first-hand experience to get an insight on the Classical world.

It runs 7 hours a day, and is divided between excavation, lab work, exercises and lectures. For every seven course days, there are two days off.

The course is taught in English.


At the end of the Field Program, students will receive a certificate of participation
stating the hours and activities of the course. Participants that perform
exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our
organization upon request.



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