Excavations training is an essential part of the Archaeology study programme. Participation is obligatory.
At BA level, the requirement is 450 hrs (ca. 3 months)*
At MA level, the requirement is 200 hrs (ca. 1.5 months) for full-time students and 300 hrs for part-time students.
* be aware that there was a BA Studies in English programme requiring 600h of field training.

Possibility to earn 75 hrs of excavation training:

Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska, caves of Sąspowska Valley
instructor: Dr. Małgorzata Kot (limit 5 persons)
dates: 26.05-02.06.2019
Basic information:
registration by email to: m.kot@uw.edu.pl
accommodation: rooms in an agritourism house, beds + bedding, kitchen at your disposal, no meals
student pays for meals


detailed information provided by individual instructors or at w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl

1) Palazzolo Acreide – Akrai, Sicily, Italy
(instructor: dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec)
Graeco-Roman town. Greek colony founded in 664 BC; in 212 BC Akrai became a part of the first Roman province, in the Late Antiquity it was under Byzantine influence. The excavations are located within a Late Hellenistic-Roman household and a Late Roman-Byzantine craft production area.
dates: August and September 2019 (one- or two-months terms available)
Detailed information and registering – please contact the Instructor.

2) Novae, Bulgaria
(instructor: dr hab. Agnieszka Tomas)
Roman legionary camp and late Roman town of Novae (modern-day Bulgaria), 1st-6th centuries AD. Excavations are carried out in the eastern part of the site, which was a necropolis during the existence of the legionary camp and an eastern district of the town in the late Roman period.
dates: September 2019 (one month term)
Meeting for all interested – March 12, at 10:00 a.m. in 2.06A .

3) Lubanowo Lake – underwater expedition, Poland
(instructor: dr hab. prof. UW Bartosz Kontny)
Underwater site with ritual deposits, including weaponry and warrior equipment, dated from Roman times up to the early and late medieval periods. Diving license required.
dates: July, 15-28, 2019
Information may be obtained from Artur Brzóska. Meeting – June 2019.

4) Szczepanki, Mazury Lake District, Poland
(instructor: dr Witold Gumiński)
Peat-bog site with rich stratigraphy and well preserved animal bones, bone and wooden artefacts, flint tools and ceramics. Dated to the Neolithic and para-Neolithic periods.
dates: July 1-27, 2019.
Information and registration through the Instructor (later through USOS).

5) Konsułowskoje, Ukraine
(instructors: dr Marcin Matera, dr hab. Tomasz Scholl)

Hill-fort settlement on the bank of the Dniester River, dated to ca. 1st c. BC – 2nd c. AD, recognised as a late Scythian hill-fort .
dates: August 15- September 15, 2019.
Information and registration through the Instructors. Please check your country visa regulations. Information meeting – March 25, at 16:45, lecture hall 1.10.

6) Tanais, Russia
(instructor: dr Marcin Matera)

Tanais, a Greek colony in the estuary of the Don River, founded at the end of the first quarter of the 3rd century BC. At the end of the 1st century BC destroyed by the king of Bosporus, Polemon I, later rebuilt. Functioned as a centre of ancient culture until the mid-3rd century AD. Destroyed most probably by the Goths. The last of the settlement periods dates to the 4th-5th century BC.
dates: June 24 – July 21, 2019
Meeting for all interested – March 18th, at 16:45, lecture hall 1.10.
Please check your country visa regulations.

7) Metsamor, Armenia
(instructor: dr. hab. Krzysztof Jakubiak)

The site was occupied from the Chalcolithic (5th Millennium BC) to the 17th century CE. Flourished especially during the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age. Excavations are planned in the city of the early Iron Age and in the necropolis.
dates:  August 28 – October 1, 2019
Information and registration through the Instructor.

8) Miętkie, Warmia-Mazury District, Poland
(instuctor: prof. Wojciech Nowakowski)
The burial ground in Miętkie is one of two necropoleis constituting the sepulchral complex of the Bogaczewska culture and the Olsztyn group population. It belongs to the category of cremation flat cemetery sites.
dates: July 1-28, 2019
Meeting for all interested – March 20th, at 16:45, lecture hall 1.14.

9) Paphos, Cyprus
(instructor: prof. Jolanta Młynarczyk)
Paphos, ancient Nea Paphos, an archaeological site dating from the 4th c. BCE  until at least  the 7th c. CE, a possible Hellenistic sanctuary.
dates: May 26 – June 24, 2019
Information and registration through the Instructor (susyam@wp.pl).
Please contact instructor until March 20th!
Information meeting: April 4th, at 16:45, lecture hall 2.07.

10) Mustis, Tunisia
(instructor: dr hab. Prof UW Tomasz Waliszewski)

Roman city in Africa and its rural hinterland.
dates: August 26 – October 6, 2019
Information through the Instructor (e-mail).
Apply until April 14th using this FORM. Information meeting – April 16th, 2019.

11) Ertash Sai, Katta Sai, Tien Szan, Uzbekistan
(instructors: prof. Karol Szymczak, dr Małgorzata Kot)
dates: July 2019
Information and registration through the Instructor (m.kot@uw.edu.pl).

12) Czerwony Dwór, Warmia-Mazury District, Poland
(instructor: dr hab. Paweł Szymański)
Sudowska culture burial mound cemetery dated to the Migration Period.
dates: August 4-24, 2019
Information through the Instructor (e-mail).

13) Castillo de Huarmey, Peru
(instructor: dr hab. Miłosz Giersz)
Excavations at the site Castillo de Huarmey, the only known centre of power and necropolis of the pre-Colombian empire of Wari. In 2012/13 it was the site of the discovery of an unlooted imperial mausoleum holding remains of members of the Wari aristocracy.
dates: 1-30 września 2019
Information through the Instructor.

14) Maucallacta, Peru
(instructor: dr Maciej Sobczyk)
Maucallacta (near Arequipa in Peru) – ruins of a ceremonial site associated with the Apu Coropuna oracle known from colonial sources; also works on satellite stations are planned (including Coropuna Plaza, El Toro) located at altitudes between 3750 and 5500 m above sea level.
dates: 15.07-15.08. 2019
Information through the Instructor.