ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2012:
Discovering past with special hands-on courses
at the Deserted castle
02. 07. 2012 – 30. 10. 2012
The project is supported by the Visegrad Fund.
Free accommodation and board for participants.
The International Summer School is organized by the Department of Archaeology, Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra Slovakia.
First group - 16.07.-27.7. 2012 - Recommended arrival on Sunday 15th July to Accommodation facility and catering establishment BARINY in Zvolen - official meeting and basic instructions will be given at 8 PM (20:00) in the lobby;
Photos from hands-on courses
Second group - 30.07.-10.8.2012 - Recommended arrival on Sunday 29th July to Accommodation facility and catering establishment BARINY in Zvolen - official meeting and basic instructions will be given at 8 PM (20:00) in the lobby;
Photos from Peťuša castle excavation
Photos from Deserted castle excavation
Photos from pottery and clay objects production - second group
Third group - 17.09.-21.9. 2012 - Recommended arrival on Sunday 16th September to Accommodation facility and catering establishment BARINY in Zvolen - official meeting and basic instructions will be given per e-mail;
1. Matter and objective of the project
The Summer School aims at teaching and training students from the fields of archaeology, classical archaeology, history and art history, in techniques of archaeological site excavation and non-invasive field archaeology, as well as finds documentation and forms of archaeological heritage presentation. The summer school offers the participation on an excavation, introduction in all working processes on excavation (incl. photography, drawing, measuring, writing diary). Beside that in this year we offer an extensive programme with hands-on courses concerning pottery and production of clay objects and the determination and drawing of finds. Joining in is much better than simply standing there watching, and that applies not only for participants. All visitors can actively take part in the hands-on courses offered during the summer school.
Hands-on course 1: In the course pottery and production of clay objects participants can produce and fire their own clay article to take home as a souvenir.
Hands-on course 2: Touching exhibits in museums is normally prohibited. In the touching history course the participants can pick up genuine prehistoric and medieval findings, measure and draw them.
Hands-on course 3: Medieval games. Even the King had a passion for games. Participants are welcome to try out some of the best medieval games at the Deserted castle.
The School will be held during summer months July and August, also in autumn in November in 2012 at the Slovakian National Cultural Monument Deserted castle in Zvolen and at the archaeological site Peťuša in Ostrá Lúka.
The project is intended as a summer school for university students in main subject till the age of 27 primarily from the four visegrad countries under a professional leadership, and with a connection to the public, especially local inhabitants, visitors and tourists. Obviously we welcome applicants from all over the world, too. There is no need in having experience in excavation.
The programme will be run and financed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the International Visegrad Fund . Students do not need to be fluent in the native language of the country; English-language support can be guaranteed. Participants from abroad don’t have to approve the knowledge of English language by an official certification.
2. Place of realisation
3. Target groups and groups benefiting from the project:
- National cultural monument Deserted castle in Zvolen (medieval castle and prehistoric fortified settlement);
- medieval castle Peťuša in Ostrá Lúka;
- museum in Detva;
- Zvolen base of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences;
The project targets all groups and persons interested in archaeology, history and monuments presentation.