Romania Archaeology

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where?┬áDeva and sites near Brasov, Romania
Gap year archaeology projects in Romania
Gap year archaeology projects in Romania

Romania has a unique charm and one you will be able to really get to experience when you take part in a group trip in Archaeology. Based in Transylvania, you will being staying in an area steeped in history, surrounded by castles and forests and the Carpathian mountains. The archaeology project will allow you chance to literally delve beneath the surface of this stunning country and learn about its ancient history.

Voluntary archaeology projects in Romania
Voluntary archaeology projects in Romania

Volunteers on a group trip can cover a lot of ground. You will be involved in the archaeological sites, clearing and gathering data, recording findings, and you may be able to analyse some of the artefacts. You may also be able to take part in archaeological workshops and carry out presentations.

You will also be taken to a number of other sites and places of archaeological and historical interest where you can learn more about the history of Romania. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask lots of questions.

Groups will stay in hostel and sometimes on site. You will be part of a community of volunteers and will get stuck into community life. This trip will ensure you go home with a rich knowledge of Romanian history and a good understanding of archaeological techniques. You will also take with you memories of a stunning country; memories that you will not get anywhere else.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrival to Brasov visit the Projects Abroad office
    2 Monday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Tour of the Roman site of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizigetusa with explanations regarding the Roman architecture
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    3 Tuesday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 The provincial Roman religion: theoretical presentation and explanations on the local monuments
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    4 Wednesday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Visit to Densus, the oldest Christian church in the area with monuments brought from the Roman city
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    20.00 - 22.00 Movie Night at the Archaeological base
    5 Thursday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Roman inscriptions found in Ulpia Traiana: types, characteristic formulas, translation
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    6 Friday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Trip to Cetatea de Colt, one of the isolated early medieval fortresses in the area
    19.00 - 19.30 Trip back home
    19.30 - 20.30 Dinner
    7 Saturday 09:00 - 10:00 Trip to Deva, with its currently researched medieval fort
    10.00 - 13.00 Visit to the excavation site with a brief introduction into medieval archaeology and history of the fort
    13.00 - 14.00 Lunch in Deva
    14:00 - 14:30 Trip to Hunedoara
    14:30 - 16.30 Visit the Castle of Hunedoara, the residence of former Transylvanian nobility
    16:30 -17.30 Trip back to Sarmizegetusa
    17.30 - 19.00 Rest and relax
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 09:00 - 10:30 Trip to Costesti, the former Dacian capital
    10:30 - 13.00 Visit to the ruins of the fort and some of the sanctuaries in the area
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 - 16:30 Trip back to Sarmizegetusa
    17:00 - 19:00 Social event: swimming
    19:00 - 20.00 Dinner
    9 Monday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and relax
    17.00 -19.00 Roman pottery: characteristics, types, drawing pottery
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    10 Tuesday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Visit to the local museum: reading and translating inscriptions
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner
    11 Wednesday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 -19.00 The basics of photography and technical drawing in archaeology
    19.00- 20.00 Dinner
    12 Thursday 09:00 - 16.00 Archaeological excavation with one hour lunch break
    16.00 - 17.00 Rest and Relax
    17.00 - 19.00 Discussion of previous two weeks and evaluation of work
    19.00 - 20.00 Dinner followed by Goodbye Party
    13 Friday 10:00 Trip back to Brasov
    14 Saturday Departure to Bucharest

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