ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2013
Secrets of medieval castles

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Department of Archaeology, Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra Slovakia and Civic Association ARCHEOFACT announce the organization of the international project in the field of education:




ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2013: Secrets of medieval castles


The project is supported by the Visegrad Fund and Banskobystrický samosprávny kraj.

Peťuša castle - excavation photodocumentation

First group - 15.07.-26.7. 2013 - Recommended arrival on Sunday 14th 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;

Second group - 29.07.-09.8.2013 - Recommended arrival on Sunday 28th 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;

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.

1. Matter and objective of the project
The archaeology summer (field) school was launched in 2010 with great success. Its objective is to provide a range of quantitative and qualitative methods to enhance participants’ research capabilities. This make the programme ideally suited for students, particularly from the fields of archaeology, classical archaeology, history and art history. The Field School aims at teaching and training 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, lectures, exhibitions and excursions.
In 2013 we have expanded the programme to include events across a number of disciplines, including methodological research, lectures, hands on courses and excursion. All courses and events provide training in research methods as used by the top researchers in the field.

From last year continues: Hands-on course 1: pottery and clay objects production – participants produce and fire their own clay article to take home as a souvenir.
Hands-on course 2: touching history - participants can pick up genuine prehistoric and medieval findings, measure and draw them.

New events:
1. methodological research
2. lectures
3. excursion

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
Ø National cultural monument Deserted castle in Zvolen (medieval castle and prehistoric fortified settlement)
Ø medieval castle Peťuša in Ostrá Lúka
Ø National cultural monument Fiľakovo castle
Ø Zvolen base of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Ø Castle museum in Fiľakovo

3. Target groups and groups benefiting from the project:
The project targets all groups and persons interested in archaeology, history and monuments presentation.

The most important target groups are:
Ø students of archaeology and history
Ø tourists and active citizens within the region
Ø population of town of Zvolen and Fiľakovo
Ø professional archaeologist and archaeological companies
Ø 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.

4. Main goals of the project:
Ø give students reflexive experience of working within a professional archaeological excavation environment
Ø foster independent thinking, judgement and a reflexive approach to the strategic planning and execution of research excavations in relation to wider research questions
Ø raise students abilities, knowledge and experience of archaeological finds documentation and presentation
Ø teach students about history and living in medieval times

5. Events

EventCityStateFromTill
Preparation of summer schoolZvolen,Nitra, FiľakovoSK01.07.201312.07.2013
Field school – 1st campaignFiľakovoSK15.07.201326.07.2013
Field school – 2nd campaignZvolen, PeťušaSK15.07.201326.07.2013
Field school - 3rd campaignZvolen, PeťušaSK29.07.201310.08.2013
Field school - 4rd campaignZvolen, PeťušaSK12.08.201316.08.2013

6. Previous project experience
Ø project No. 21010304 "CENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY – Zvolen 2010: Deserted Castle" from 25. 07. 2010 till 20. 08. 2010 - The project was approved by International Visegrad Fund! Free board and accommodation was guaranteed for all participants!
Ø Project No. 21110326 „2nd CENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY: field surveys, excavation techniques and heritage“ from 01. 07. 2011 to 31. 10. 2011 - The project was approved by International Visegrad Fund! Free board and accommodation and promotion material was guaranteed for all participants!
Ø Project No. 21210041 “ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL 2012: Discovering past with special hands-on courses at the Deserted castle“ from 2. 7. 2012 till 18. 10. 2012 - The project was approved by International Visegrad Fund! Free board and accommodation and promotion material was guaranteed for all participants!

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