Archaeological Field School in Zadar, Croatia

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UMaine-Croatia Application 2018

Program Fee: $2,375, plus airfare and tuition (3 cr.)

Gregory Zaro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology / Climate Change Institute
5773 South Stevens Hall

University of Maine Catalog Description:

ANT 477 – Field Research in Archaeology

Introduction to archaeological field techniques through excavation of an archaeological site. Intensive training in site survey, excavation techniques, recording, analysis and preliminary interpretation of archaeological materials. Admission by application only.

Satisfies the General Education Applications of Scientific Knowledge and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements (Offered summers only).

Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, Croatia

General Information and Objectives of the Course:

The 30-day ANT477 archaeological field school will be based in the Croatian city of Zadar along the Adriatic coast and centered on the nearby archaeological site of Nadin. Students of the course will gain practical experience in standard archaeological methods, as well as an understanding of the scientific application of an archaeological research design to contemporary issues in archaeology. The course offers the added element of a truly international experience, where students will work in the field alongside Croatian archaeology students from the University of Zadar, live and culturally interact within contemporary Croatian cities and towns, and visit a number of archaeological sites and Mediterranean landscapes relevant to the project research design. Although beneficial, prior experience in archaeology is not required, nor is familiarity with Croatian language and culture.

Map showing the location of Zadar (the field school home base) and other locations to be visited during the field school.


The course will include several class meetings in Orono before departure. Students will make appropriate flight arrangements to arrive in Zagreb, Croatia, on Sunday, May 13 by mid day, usually via an overnight flight departing the U.S. on the previous day. Assistance with and advice on flight arrangements will be available. Project staff will meet students at the Zagreb airport and travel as a group to the coastal city of Zadar on the afternoon of arrival. The program will end on Sunday, June 10, with students returning to the U.S. from the Zagreb airport.

Course Fee

The course fee is $2,375.00 and covers all costs while in Croatia (ground transportation, lodging, all meals, planned museum visits, etc.). International airfare to and from Zagreb, Croatia, and tuition (3 credits) is not included in the course fee. Participants must also provide proof of health insurance and supplemental travel insurance (the latter of which is about $62). See links below for additional information.

UMaine students visiting the Roman amphitheater at the archaeological site of Salona near Split, Croatia (June, 2015)

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