Field School Review – Patakfalva, Romania

Patakfalva, Romania. Archaeotek

By Stephanie and Emilie

When: 5 weeks in June/July

“If you like ____, you’ll love this field school”: Osteoarchaeology

Cost:
Stephanie: $1,470 which covered your room and board, and breakfast and dinner each day.
Emilie: The hotel, breakfasts and suppers and transport to site included

Living conditions:
Stephanie: We lived in shared hotel rooms at the Bingo Panzio Hotel with shared bathrooms, usually with 2-4 individuals per room. The meals were wonderful and the rooms very comfortable. We had running water and flushing toilets, though the hot water ran out if everyone took their showers at the same time. Internet was a little slow, but functional.
Emilie: We were 3 per room, meals were abundant and good, there was internet access, the sanitary conditions good, and the working/entertainment ratio was good.
Stephanie: We worked for 5 days a week about 8 hours a day and had the weekends to explore and attend fieldtrips.

The Team:
Stephanie: There were 22 students mostly in their 20’s with varying levels of experience, and we worked with 3 advisors: Dr. Katie Zejdlik, Dr. Nyárádi Zsolt and Tyler Dunn. Our instructors were all very knowledgeable about the methods of excavation and the history of the area.
Emilie: Two staff members with us plus archaeological site director on site, we were about 20 students in our 20’s with theoretical and practical (for some) experience.

Culture:
Emilie: We learnt a lot about the Szeklers and the Romanians, we got to see Dracula’s castle and do a lot of cultural activities. We also got to experience local foods and drinks (palinka!)
Stephanie: Everyone in the area was very nice and helpful and the countryside was beautiful. We took a weekend trip to Brasove and toured both Poenari Citadel and Bran Castle. We also had the opportunity to tour several of the medieval churches that Archaeotech is in the process of restoring and we visited the Haaz Rezso Museum.

Best thing:
Stephanie: Other than the remarkable applications, the best thing about this school was the amount of hands on experience we gained in the lab and the field. Our team excavated 32 graves over the 3 week period and had several hours a week in the lab studying osteology and other aspects of Archaeology.
Emilie: Field experience, learning about local cultures, the cultural activities, food and meeting new people

Worst thing:
Stephanie: The most difficult aspect was dealing with the language barrier. While many people in the area speak English, sometimes it was difficult to communicate, and very little in the stores or on signs was in English.
Emilie: Being dirty at the end of the day.

Where to go for more information and applications: http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!medieval-funerary-excavation/c1xrf

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