Archaeological Field Program in Zadar, Croatia

Ancient Cities and Landscapes of Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

This course satisfies two General Education Requirements: Applications of Scientific Knowledge and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

UMaine students visiting ruins of the Roman amphitheater in Split, Croatia

Program Fee: To be announced

Dates: To be announced

Information Packet

Gregory Zaro
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology / Climate Change Institute
5773 South Stevens Hall


General Course Information 

Experience the perfect balance of Study Abroad, Travel Study, and an Archaeological Field Program in a Mediterranean environment! This 30-day course is based in the 3000-year-old 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 archaeology and an understanding of its application to contemporary issues of urbanization, landscape change, and climate. The course offers the added element of a truly international experience, where students will work in the field alongside Croatian students from the University of Zadar, live and culturally interact within contemporary Croatian cities and towns, and visit a number of cultural heritage sites and Mediterranean landscapes relevant to the course. Although beneficial, prior experience in archaeology is not required, nor is familiarity with Croatian language and culture. Please see ‘Information Packet‘ above for more information and a detailed schedule of activities.

The course will include several class meetings in Orono before departure. Students will make appropriate flight arrangements to arrive in Zagreb, Croatia, on (date to be announced), by early afternoon, usually via an overnight flight departing the U.S. at least one day prior. 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 (date to be announced), with student drop-off at the Zagreb airport.

Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, Croatia
Location of Zadar (home base for the program) and other locations to be visited during the course.

Who takes this course?

Students of all majors and all undergraduate levels take this course. The interdisciplinary nature of this program naturally draws interest from the social sciences, humanities, and environmental studies. Previous students have come from anthropology, art, biology, earth sciences, engineering, history, and international affairs, among others. There are no prerequisite courses for this program.

The Student Experience

This is an experiential learning course. Over the month-long class, students will:

  • commute daily from Zadar to the archaeological site of Nadin, where they will participate in an archaeological field program centered on urbanization, landscape change, and climate in the ancient world
  • complete a small set of readings, an exam, and several assignments designed to engage students directly with Zadar’s ancient cityscape
  • discover the rich cultural heritage of Croatia’s past, including visits to nearby cultural heritage sites and Mediterranean island landscapes
  • experience the dynamic and vibrant lifeways of contemporary Croatia
  • explore the coastal city of Split, with visits to the site of Salona (the former Roman capital of Dalmatia) and the palace structure of the former Roman Emperor Diocletian (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), around which medieval Split formed

Course Fee and Registration

The course fee is (to be announced) and covers all costs while in Croatia (ground transportation, lodging, all meals, planned museum visits, site 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.

Registration is by permission only. All prospective students must submit an application to Professor Zaro (see link to ‘Croatia Application‘ above). Upon approval, students will be given instructions on how to register for ANT 477 during the summer 2020 term.


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