Field training

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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In accordance with the UW Rector’s Announcement, all classes (including field training) are suspended until May 24th. 

In May-June, a remote course equivalent to field walking survey class is offered. Please contact Julia Chyla – the Instructor for English speaking students.

The remote course is ONLY offered to students who were enrolled in the spring classes, as well as to third-year undergraduate and second-year master’s students who have not yet completed it.

Field Walking Survey – spring 2020

If you need to take part in the Field Walking Survey this spring (check your study program) please contact me directly. There is one group with dr Marcin Białowarczuk giving the instructions for the FWS near Warsaw (with the public transportation) – contact him directly, or ask me about the details. This group has different dates for the training (contact the instructor).
dr Wiesław Więckowski

Other groups available for English speaking students (those who speak Polish freely may contact instructors from the Polish version of the website HERE) are listed below.
Limit shows the number of participants for both – Polish and English speaking students.

MRĄGOWO area, woj. warmińsko-mazurskie (northeastern Poland), land-water survey (no need for diving licence), own sleeping-bag obligatory.
dates: 30.03-03.04
instructor: mgr Artur Brzóska
limit: 8 students
Information and registration – contact the instructor.

Northern Mazovia, northeastern Poland, field walking survey, accommodations at „Dworek nad Wkrą”, private car.
dates: 30.03-03.04
instructor: dr Andrzej Szela
limit: 8 students
Information – contact the instructor, and registration through USOS.
more:  https://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/badania/badania-krajowe/

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.

For the MA students, who started in 2019/20 – the requirement is 150 h.
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* be aware that there was a BA Studies in English programme requiring 600h of field training.


Due to the situation prevailing in the country and in the world, the information below may be subject to change.

We will keep you updated on changes.


EXCAVATIONS OFFER 2020

for information on the excavations contact either the Instructor or the co-ordinator (dr Wiesław Więckowski)

The University of Warsaw authorities have agreed to our request to carry out excavation exercises for students of archeology in Poland, at the sites of Człuchów, Iłża, Lake Białe, Lubanowo, Pławno, Podlesie, Puck, Warsaw, Wólka Prusinowska, Zgliczyn Pobodze and abroad – in Tunisia (Mustis).
The condition of their implementation is, of course, maintaining the principles set out in the Rector’s ordinance (No. 105) and the guidelines of the instructions on the implementation of excavation exercises.

Please contact the instructors.

It is also possible to postpone field training (excavations) to the next year without any consequences. Only application is required (the method of submitting applications on the NEWS page).

Excavation “equivalents” are possible to perform in the form of:
– remote / stationary classes in the work with excavation material and excavation documentation (currently two are available – please contact Prof. P. Szymański and dr E. Łukaszewicz – more soon)
– “internships” in cultural institutions statutorily related to archeology (museums, conservation workshops, etc.) – contact with such an institution lies with the student, the Institute may issue a letter of recommendation.