Study Abroad: Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier (Romania)

Our program offers a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments,  respectively the northern Dacian Provinces (i.e. modern historical Transylvania, Romania), through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. The integrated outcomes of our various approaches have yielded extraordinary results: a palatial size villa with a rural built space of ca. one hectare, surrounded by massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, richly built two-story buildings containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, mint condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the “central building” of the villa, has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and living practices. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
     Session 1: June 7 – July 4, 2020
     Session 2: July 5 – August 1, 2020
Team Size: 18 participants per session
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Our participants will not only explore the archaeology of the region, but will have the opportunity to sample the magic of Transylvania, through its amazing historical and natural landscapes.
Our programs are available for both credit students and non-credit participants.