This program provides an unique opportunity to conduct extensive hands-on training and research on an exceptional Roman rural site, unique in the region. The project incorporates anthropological and Classical approaches in an effort to understand the construction and expression of Roman identity and wealth in an unstable frontier environment. The site is a palatial size (i.e. over 1ha of built space) rural villa, extensively mapped through GPR survey. Our excavations have unearthed already a rich environment, with 2 story buildings, the presence of a hypocaust, interior and exterior walls covered in frescoes, potential colonnades, several buildings outside the villa complex itself and a plethora of artifacts. In 2021, we will continue the excavation of the well preserved associated Roman structures, looking at both the gate system, reflecting the way the villa inhabitants expressed their identity to the outside world, as well as the main building of the villa, showing elements of self-perception and representation.
Furthermore, our participants can opt to integrate a week of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) intensive field and analytical training to their field school. Our Geophysics (GPR) Exploration and Roman Excavation program allows students to acquire a highly marketable and useful skill set in Classical and Historical archaeology. GPR is by far the best geophysical tool available for locating and detailed mapping of buried structures (and graves, utilities, etc.).
Excavation Dates: Session 1: June 6 - July 3, 2021; Session 2: July 4 - July 31, 2021.
Location: Rapoltu Mare (Hunedoara County), Transylvania, Romania
Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation Syllabus: https://3fab7da4-7e55-4713-
Project Director and Contact: Dr. Andre Gonciar (ArchaeoTek / BioArch Canada)
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Dr. Andre Gonciar
Director – ArchaeoTek / BioArch Canada