from prehistoric hill-fort to medieval castle

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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:

project in the field of education:

from prehistoric hill-fort to medieval castle

29. 06. 2014 – 31. 12. 2014

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 hill-fort Maly Lysec near Kostoľany nad Tribečom, district Zlaté Moravce

First group - 1.07.-10.7. 2014 - Ladice - hill-fort Maly Lysec - Recommended arrival on Monday 30th June to Accommodation facility Ladice - Základná škola s 1.-4.roč., č. 323, 951 77 Ladice;

Second group - 28.07.-08.8.2014 - Deserted castle - Lower castle Zvolen and Petusa castle - Recommended arrival on Sunday 27th 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 field school project in 2014 is planned to carry out at three archaeological sites in Slovakia with main interest at the Lower castle - Deserted castle in Zvolen. In addition to the already realized organization of the previous field schools of archaeology from 2010 till 2013, one specific intention is anticipated this year, which will improve the attractiveness of the project and the creation of various collaborative projects between V4 countries. As this year's research on the Lower castle is planned as final, in addition to the implementation of the archaeological summer school on the site, linked to the historical seminars (lectures) and laboratory processing of findings, we are planning a decent ending to the five-year long research and documentation, in the form of valuation the results in a book. The staff involved in the collective monograph will be from the participating institutions from all V4 countries. We are already seeing the tremendous interest in this publication prior to its release, as it will be the first comprehensive publication about scientific research and promotion of the historical value of the Deserted castle, and various forms of its presentation to the public (as well as through the organization of a summer school for those interested). In addition to the publication, in the first place also this year 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 their presentation. The field school offers the participation in all working processes (incl. photography, drawing, measuring). Beside that we offer an extensive program not only at Deserted castle, but also at Peťuša castle and Maly Lysec hill-fort, near Ladice.

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 hill-fort Maly Lysec near Ladice

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 municipality Ladice
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

Noémi Beljak Pažinová

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