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Department of Archaeology, Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra Slovakia announces the organization of the international

project in the field of education:

field work, workshops, lectures

The project has been approved by International Visegrad Fund!!!

Places of realisation
Ø National cultural monument Deserted castle in Zvolen (medieval castle and prehistoric hill-fort)
Ø medieval castle Peťuša in Ostrá Lúka (near Zvolen)
Ø Bakova jama - prehistoric settlement (Zvolen)

First group - 18. 07. - 29. 7. 2016

Second group - 01. 08. - 12. 08. 2016

Free board, accommodation and promotional material for all participants guaranteed!

We look forward to seeing you at the Deserted castle in Zvolen and Peťuša castle.

Accomodation & Travel information: coming soon.

Recommended fieldwork clothes and items:
1. Pants: Work pants, light nylon or khakis are best. Jeans or Carhartts are heavy and are hard to dry.
2. Shirts: bring work shirts.
3. A warm jacket for nighttime: mid-weight down or thick fleece.
4. Raingear: a good breathable shell.
5. Hat: a sun hat will be needed.
6. Gloves: only if you prefer your own gloves. We should have enough gloves for the field crew.
7. Backpack: you'll want a good sized day pack for most of our activities.
8. Boots - light strong footwear.
9. Sun screen.
10. Sunglasses: essential!
11. Insect repellent.

Project description:
The archaeology summer (field) school was launched in 2010 with great success. Its objective is to enhance participants’ research capabilities. The project is ideally suited for students, particularly from the fields of archaeology, classical archaeology, history and art history. These students seek to challenge both body and mind in the pursuit of knowledge. They wish to enhance their academic careers and at the same time, hope to gain life experience that furthers their education in ways unavailable on most university campuses. We embrace these distinctive learners. We provide students with the opportunity to join archaeologists as they embark on expeditions of discovery throughout prehistoric sites and medieval castles near Zvolen in Central Slovakia (Deserted castle Upper castle, Peťuša castle, Bakova jama settlement). For most people, archaeology is about exploring the past. But that is only a portion of what we do. In fact, archaeology is about learning the cultural, ecological and evolutionary processes that brought humanity to its place today. If we know how we got here, we may be able to make informed, smart decisions about the future. Archaeology field schools teach students about these processes. Students learn science infused critical thinking as they engage in primary research, using all their senses. Archaeology practice involves both intellectual and physical work and creates authentic communities of learners. The Archaeology Field School in Zvolen 2016 offers the participation on an excavation and introduction in all working processes on excavation. Beside that we offer an extensive programme with lectures (addressing different aspects of the history and archaeology of Zvolen and Slovakia) and workshops dedicated to archaeological finds processing.

Target groups and groups benefiting from the project:

The project targets all groups and persons interested in archaeology, history and heritage presentation. The most important target groups are: students of archaeology, history and museology from all V4 countries, tourists and active citizens, interested public, population of town of Zvolen, professional archaeologists, users from diverse branches (conservationist, artist, educational material designers, researchers and knowledge users, ... ). Last but not least, the project participants themselves are an essential target group of the project.

Noémi Beljak Pažinová

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