The application for the 2019 summer excavation is open! Click on the link below to apply!
This year we will be excavating a Viking Age site on the southeastern coast of Gotland in the parish of Eke. The landscape is littered with remains from the Bronze Age, Viking Age and Middle Ages including cairns, stone walls, grave fields, grinding stones and an ancient stone-walled enclosure. The location is several hundred meters from the sea, but in previous time periods the shoreline likely came right up to the site and the area could have been used as a harbor site or settlement. There have been few excavations in this area, but the landscape has clearly been in use for millennia. The 2018 excavation concerned the fortification, called Gudings slott, and our findings indicate human activity at the site from the Late Bronze Age through the Early Middle Ages. We have established that the stone-walled enclosure was likely constructed during the Roman Iron Age, possibly for ritual purposes. We also excavated a number of stone cairns located on and around the wall of the enclosure, which provided us with Viking Age inhumation graves. Knowing that this ancient structure was used as a burial ground during the Viking Age, we will be moving to an site only 500 meters to the southwest to investigate an area with strange stone constructions. Our goal with this excavation is to formulate an understanding of the activities that took place in this certain location and possibly link it to the Viking Age activities at Gudings slott.
5 week field course
The field course is carried out over 5 weeks, from July 15th to August 16th. The course includes full board and transportation from the student residence at Hemse to the excavation site. Field methods that will be applied at the excavation are:
The course is set at a beginner’s level and after the completion of the course the student will be able to excavate a trench and possible features by following single contexts and stratigraphical layers together with documentation through measuring, drawing and writing.
The student will be able to distinguish from different archaeological finds and material, recognize changes in stratigraphy and clean, measure, weigh, photograph and catalog finds. The student will also learn how to write basic archaeological documentation and reports, read academic texts and discuss theories and methods in a group environment. The student should also be able to theorize around the features and find materials as well as contextualize the excavation to the surrounding landscape and the time period.
Cost for the 5 week field course
The cost includes:
Please see the project description for more information about this year's excavation area.
During the course lectures will be held in geographical information systems and how they are used in archaeology.
For those with an artistic mind, there is oppurtunity to draw finds. Archaeological drawing is not like an ordinary sketch; you have to show the intricate parts of the artefact that a picture can't show.
Please see the syllabus for 2019.
Please see the FAQ sheet for additional information.