Summer Opportunity: Roman Villa Excavation

Roman Villa Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania


     Session 1: FULL

     Session 2: July 1 – July 21, 2018

     Session 3: July 22 – August 11, 2018

Team Size: 12-15 participants per session


Description: The integrated results of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, with richly built two stories buildings, containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, pristine 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 practices. We will continue to explore the way identity is built and negotiated in a very dynamic and rich frontier environment. As an extension of the Roman Villa Excavation, our Roman Settlement and Survey field school integrates Classical excavation approaches with various exploratory field techniques, ranging from STP (shovel test pits), geochemical soil analysis (phosphate spot testing), and surface field collection coupled with topographical total station assisted mapping. We will be looking at the transformation of the countryside in relation to the development of the Imperial road river infrastructure, and the role of our “palatial villa” in the development of a “creole” Roman landscape.

Cost: US$ 1295 per session ( includes program fees, equipment, room and board – see flyer for details).

Web Site:

Application Form

Our participants will not only explore the archaeology of the region, but 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.

Best regards,

Andre Gonciar

Director – ArchaeoTek