Studies

The study programme is designed to give students the best training in the archaeological profession and to provide them with knowledge and skills helpful for a good start in other fields. Our programme encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including general humanities courses as well as science-oriented courses, such as Techniques of Data Acquisition and Processing – important assets on the modern job market.

The study programme places an emphasis on Mediterranean Archaeology and provides the students with background knowledge and practical skills enabling them to take part in archaeological expeditions and explorations all over the world. Excavation training is obligatory during the course of studies, and the Institute of Archaeology offers numerous sites for students to choose from.

Before you start attending the classes, please check whether you submitted all necessary application documents to the Students’ Affairs Office. As soon as all the these documents are submitted, you will be able to log in to the USOSweb system with the same login and password as to the IRK (application) system:

USOS

Then, you can choose the classes and lectures according to your programme and schedule. Please note that OGUN lectures must be paid for with tokens, which are visible on your account. For any questions concerning the USOSweb system, visit the Welcome Point on the Main Campus

Registration assistance

Below you will find the orientation handout, which can be helpful at the beginning.

For any questions concerning the BA programme, please contact the Head of the Studies in English, Dr. Marta Zuchowska (marta.zuchowska@uw.edu.pl).

Orientation handout 2018_19

Programme of BA Studies

The programme with ECTS points is presented below. For students who started their studies before the academic year 2018/19, the classes and ECTS points are given in red brackets. Those who started this programme will continue without any changes. For students who started in the academic year 2018/19, classes and ECTS points are marked in black

1st year

Printable version of the programme for BA I students who started before 2018/19 Printable version of the programme for BA I students who started in 2018/19

2nd year

Printable version of the programme for BA II students who started before 2018/19 BA 2nd year before 2018/2019

Printable version of the programme for BA II students who started in 2018/19 BA 2nd year after 2018/2019

3rd year

    • I Proseminar – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • II Proseminar – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • III Proseminar – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • Environmental archaeology (obligatory classes) – 30 hrs (2 ECTS / not obligatory for those who started before 2018/19)
    • Optional classes – Classes selected from the offer, 90 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General Humanities Lecture), 60 hrs (5 [3] ECTS)
    • OGUN (General Humanities Lecture), 60 hrs (5 ECTS / not obligatory for those who started before 2018/19)
    • Ancient Language (Greek) – Seminar, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language – 60 hrs, C1 level (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language II – 60 hrs, B2 level (2 ECTS)
    • Sports – 60 hrs (0 [1] ECTS)
    • Field walking surveys (2 ECTS) [Excavations, 150 hrs, 10 ECTS, for those who started before 2018/19]
    • BA thesis – (13 [12] ECTS)
    • SUM OF ECTS: 61 [60]

Printable version of the programme for BA III students who started before BA 2018/2019 3rd year before 2018/2019

Printable version of the programme for BA III students who started in 2018/19
Ba 3rd year after 2018-2019

Archaeology

Profile: bioarchaeology and archaeological science

Overview

We offer in-depth training in excavation of human and animal remains as well as courses in osteology, bone taphonomy and archaeological chemistry. Our lecturers have substantial fieldwork experience in various areas of the Near East and specialist lectures and classes will be accompanied by the general curriculum in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

 Our graduates will become professional excavators of cemeteries and animal bone deposits, with training in osteology being sufficient for fieldwork macroscopic analyses of human remains, including sex and age assessment, basic palaeopathology, stress markers, metric measurements and basic odontology. They will be able to place results of bioarchaeological research in a wider historical and ecological context, as well as to carry out various kinds of more specific laboratory research.

Programme

In the academic year 2017/2018 there is a change in ECTS for some types of courses. New ECTS are put in brackets in red, e.g. [5*]

1st year (60 ECTS)

The following courses are scheduled for the first year: two seminars (120 hrs, 18 ECTS), 60 hrs of a general lecture (to be selected from the list available for a specific year, 3[5] ECTS), 60 hrs of a monographic lecture (4 ECTS), 120 hrs of facultative courses (12 ECTS), two obligatory courses (90 hrs, 7 ECTS), 200 hrs of archaeological excavations (16[14] ECTS).

The list of available courses is presented each year in a course schedule.

Printable version of the MA 1st year programme

2nd year (60 ECTS)

The following courses are scheduled for the first year: two seminars (120 hrs, 18 ECTS), 60 hrs of a general lecture (to be selected from the list available for a specific year, 3[5] ECTS), 120 hrs of a monographic lecture (8 ECTS), 60 hrs of facultative courses (6 ECTS), 30 hrs of archaeological survey (2 ECTS), writing of MA dissertation (23[21] ECTS).

The list of available courses is presented each year in a course schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of a small number of students the general programme may be modified each year. Students who are interested in other areas of archaeology may be allowed to enroll in some of our Polish seminars as external students (knowledge of Polish required). Some facultative courses and monographic lectures may be available on a bi-annual basis. Please consult the administrative office (archaeology.studies@uw.edu.pl) and Head of the MA Studies in English, Dr. Wiesław Więckowski  (w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl) if you would like to modify the schedule planned for the next semester.


Printable version of the MA 2nd year programme

1) First check the information provided on this website, then contact the Instructor for detailed information regarding all arrangements. You will find a lot of information on the Information Boards by the entrance to the Institute – including dates of organizational meetings during which you will learn everything you need to know about the field training.

2) Register for participation with the Instructor, unless stated otherwise in the instructions. Registration in USOS will be open ahead of the starting date. If you register with the Instructor, he/she will provide the list to be registered in USOS.

Please note: Not all of the field training instructors accept foreign (non-Polish speaking) students due to various reasons. This decision, because of very specific character of the field training and safety reasons, is always left to their discretion. Students of BA and MA English Programmes with good command of Polish may register for the surveys and excavations appearing also in the Polish version of the website (after contact and acceptance from the Instructor). This is why the field training offer differs on the Polish and English versions of the website.

3) In order to receive a grade for participation in the excavations required by the study programme, every Participant should be inscribed in USOS and fill out Assessment Excavations ENG together with the Instructor. This document includes some basic info on the site and lists all required activities and grades to be obtained by the Participant.

4) Additionally, by the end of the field walking survey or excavations, all the Participants should evaluate them, just as Students evaluate every class they take. The evaluation documents are here: SURVEY and  EXCAVATlONS and the rules specifying how the evaluation procedure should be implemented (for Instructors) here in Polish: procedura oceny zajęć .
Both documents should be delivered to the Sekretariat before the end of the academic year.

Field walking survey -“powierzchniówki”- is compulsory field training for all students of undergraduate and Master’s degree programmes. It consists of 30 hrs of classes, cumulated in one week, and usually takes place in the second year of both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Students interested in taking part in a field walking survey should report to the instructor or enroll in USOS, after the dates for the survey are published.
The conditions of participation vary depending on the group – detailed information is provided by the instructor.

When in doubt, please contact w.c.wieckowski@uw.edu.pl

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Field Walking Survey – spring 2019

Training groups left:

1) Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska, caves of Sąspowska Valley
instructor: Dr. Małgorzata Kot (limit 5 persons)
dates: 26.05-02.06.2019
STATUS CHANGE: 75 hrs of excavations, not survey.
Information and registration through the Instructor.

2) Michałowo, woj. Podlaskie
instructor: Dr. Michał Przeździecki (limit 6 persons)
dates: 6-10.05.2019.
Information and registration through the Instructor.

 

The dates set for the training – April 1 – 5, 2019. FINISHED

1) around the edges of Warsaw – instructor: dr Witold Gumiński
(limit 10 persons).

 

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.
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* 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

EXCAVATIONS OFFER 2019

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.

Before defending a thesis, you should deliver the following to the Students’ Affairs Office (at least 7 working days before the thesis defense date):

– One copy of the thesis for BA (printed on both sides), two copies for MA – the one copy has to be printed on both sides

– Library clearance slip (USOSweb- Common Section – Clearance slips)

– The first three pages of the thesis must comprise the following:

Attachment 1 – The title page

Attachment 2- Synopsis (up to 800 characters), keywords (up to 10), Thesis discipline code (Archeologia 08400), thematic classification (the seminar or proseminar name),

Attachment 3 – The author’s and supervisor’s declaration with handwritten signatures

– A digital copy of the thesis in PDF format, in a single file (including the attachments listed above, without  the signatures in Attachment 3)
– A print-out of the KARTA PRACY DYPLOMOWEJ (Diploma Thesis Record), not attached to any copy of the thesis,  filled out with the date and time of the examination, and the composition of the Examination Committee (Head of Committee, Supervisor, Reviewer), signed by the Supervisor.
– 5 diploma-sized photos (4.5 cm x 6.5 cm)

A copy of the thesis in .doc format must also be delivered to the thesis supervisor for plagiarism verification.