General information


Duration of the field school: 4 weeks
Field School dates: 30 June - 28 July 2019
Principal instructor : Dr Annamaria Diana, Human Osteoarchaeologist
Skeletal assemblage: Biserica Neagră Cemetery (Braşov, Romania), 13th-19th century AD
Venue: Gherla (Cluj Napoca, Romania), Museum of History
Tuition fee: Euro 3000
Prerequisites: None. Students (minimum 18 years of age) with or without experience in handling human skeletal remains are welcome
Places available: Max 10 
Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Full fee payment deadline: 1 March 2019


Learning activities


Participants will receive instruction (mainly but not exclusively) in:

  • Ethical handling and post excavation processing of human skeletal remains - cleaning, conservation and storage

  • Skeletal anatomy – bone identification and siding

  • Analytical methods for the reconstruction of a population’s biological profile - estimation of sex, age and stature

  • Identification of bone anomalies and interpretation of possible pathological conditions

  • Methods for interpreting the burial context and for recording bioarchaeological data

  • How to photograph bones

Daily activities will alternate lectures, seminars and lab practicals. Each student will be assigned a burial context to process, analyse and for which to produce a short osteological report.

Guest speakers will also provide one-day workshops and seminars on:

  • 3D Photogrammetry of skeletal remains

  • Burial practices and excavation methods

  • Transylvanian archaeology



The fee of 3000 EUR includes:

  • Laboratory costs and equipment

  • Teaching material

  • Administration costs

  • Teaching and supervision

  • Accommodation in hotel/apartments with WiFi

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Tea/coffee at break 

  • Weekend field trips

  • Certificate of Attendance

The fee does not include:

  • Airfares

  • Personal insurance (health, travel and accident)

  • Academic credits

Admission fee includes a 300 EUR non-refundable deposit that will be retained in case of withdrawal from the field school between February 1, 2019 and February 15, 2019. Cancellations will not be refunded after the application deadline. Students must have and provide evidence for international insurance (policy number and insurance provider’s contact information).



Field school weekday activities take place Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm (including tea break mid-morning and lunch break), with changes depending on timetable progress and/or students' requests.


Learning activities will amount to a minimum of 120 hours of face-to-face and group interaction for the duration of the field school.

Full program and times available soon.                 


Application process


Applications are now open until 15 February 2019.

Places are limited to 10 students.

For questions and to secure a place, please contact the field school organiser, Dr Annamaria Diana at

If you decide to apply, contact us with the following:

  • Name and surname

  • Nationality and date of birth

  • Briefly describe your interests and experience relevant to the course, and why you would like to attend the field school

  • Name and contact information of a referee

Applications will be dealt with on first-come, first served basis and, given the limited places, it is recommended to secure your place early. If all places are filled, applicants will be offered a place on the waiting list.


Applicants will be notified acceptance and further instructions via e-mail soon after reception of their expression of interest. Successful applicants will be asked to fill out an application form and will be given details for payment of the deposit fee; deadline for payment of the full fee is 1 March 2019. Enrolled participants will receive a syllabus and general info about every day practicalities and travel. 


Travel to Romania and

life in Transylvania


Ideally participants should be in Gherla (Cluj-Napoca) the weekend before the field school starts. A meeting point will be arranged at the arrival location once all participants have communicated their travel arrangements, and transport to and from Cluj Napoca internatioal airport will be provided by the organisers.

Cluj Napoca airport offers connecting flights to many capital cities throughout Europe and is 30-45 minutes away from Gherla. If flying to Bucharest international airport Henri Coanda, it is possible to fly economy from there to Cluj with several companies. Applicants will be advised on the best way to reach Cluj Napoca airport when arranging their travel itinerary.

The small but lively and vibrant town of Gherla is provided with all amenities within a walking distance (pubs, restaurants, historical landmarks) and, especially in the summer, offers numerous cultural and social events with local food and drink fairs, concerts and rock festivals, as does Cluj-Napoca, which is one step away by train or bus. During the hot summer season, the lovely historical centre, the central park and an open-air pool with a drinks and pizza/barbecue bar are the best places to continue your day after the programme’s hours - all easy to reach from your accommodation or the Museum. There will be plenty to do on your free time!

Comfortable accommodation in hotel/apartments with Wi-Fi and all comforts will host two participants per room, with possibility to opt for a single room at an additional price. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the accommodation and at local restaurants with delicious home-made, organic and locally sourced food – options for any dietary requirement available. 

Transylvania is well known for its beautiful landscape and history. Student participants will have the unique opportunity to discover the area surrounding Gherla and other parts of Transylvania during our weekend excursions. They might also decide to further explore Romania on their free time or if they extend their stay in the country before or after the field school. Organisers will be delighted to offer advice to those interested in more exploration and travelling.


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