About the course
This program is being led by UBC faculty Matthew McCarty.
This is an intensive archaeological field school, focusing on the excavation of a Roman-period luxury villa on the edge of empire. In addition to learning excavation, interpretation, and digital archaeology, this course focuses on the history of the Roman provinces by critically understanding and modelling the relationships between the edges of the Roman Empire and its center, as well as the way similar dynamics play out in a peripheral town in the modern EU. This will be accomplished through occasional afternoon lectures and guided visits to museums and archaeological sites.
To learn more about the history of the dig, visit Dr. McCarty's webpage.
About the experience
A typical day includes fieldwork in the morning and traditional afternoon lectures and guided visits to museums and archeological sites in the region.
Regular work schedule:
M/T: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 4:30, depart from site; 5-7, free time; 7, dinner at Steakhouse
W: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 2, depart from site; 2:30, optional local cultural activity or free time (tour of Battyaneum library, St Michael’s Cathedral, the summer festivals at Alba); 7, dinner at Steakhouse
Th/F: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 4:30, depart from site; 5-7, free time; 7, dinner at Steakhouse
Sa: 8 am, depart for site; 12:30 break for lunch; afternoon free
Notable environmental conditions
Weather (excessive heat, rain) affects the pace of work; in excessive heat and most afternoons, work is done on processing finds in the shade.
Sun and heat. Students will be provided with frequent hydration breaks. Freshwater will be provided on-site. Shade tent will be set up over-excavation area.
Lots of physical activity (digging, crouching) and use of a range of tools (trowel, hand-pick, spade, mattock, wheelbarrow)
The course will be based in Alba Iulia (RO), with accommodation in dormitories provided by the University of Alba Iulia. Breakfast will be on one’s own, using the nearby Kaufland or Dacia grocery stores (5-10 minute walk from accommodation) or the numerous cafes. Lunch will be catered on-site by Steakhouse; dinner will be catered at Steakhouse. [Despite the restaurant name, Vlad prepares a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; we have worked with him for the past 5 years]