Lost Neolithic landscape rediscovered
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Mesolithic, Neolithic (8000/7000calBC-2100/2000calBC) at the excavation site, prehistoric periods at survey places
The project is focused on surveying Varniai region in search of new/unknown archaeological sites as well as rediscovering the long gone landscape elements (i.e. lakes, rivers etc.). Places of survey are chosen according to the Lidar and GIS modelling. During the survey participants will be trained in the basics of Lidar and GIS modelling, learn to use core sampler and interpret various sediments extracted from it, learn to use GPS and total station for coordinate measurement.
In cooperation with geophysics from Wisconsin Eau-Claire (USA) GPR profiles of Karkliskes ancient wetland settlement will be done in order to recreate its' location in the landscape. A small scale detailed excavation will be conducted in this wetland site once the geophysical results will be processed. During the excavation at the site participants will be trained in the wetland site excavation methods (i.e. use of piezometers to lower ground water level, on-site conservation of organic materials, sampling methods, artifact recording and identification etc.). It is very likely that before getting down to Neolithic cultural layer a need to excavate unique wood paved road from 18-19 c. AD will be imminent. AMS dating of the samples will be done in Stockholm Universities Laboratory, scientific publication will be published when all data will be processed. Acknowledgements or co-author positions will be assured for the participants depending on their contribution.
Working days will be Monday - Friday, 8 hours of work per day with 1 hour lunch break, weekends will be free. For more information please see the website. For any question concerning any aspects of the project please contact the director.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Mantas Daubaras
- Organisation or Institution: Lithuanian Institute of History
- Email Contact: email@example.com
1 June - 31 August 2016
Bunkhouses are located in a very heart of picturesque Varniai regional park, only meters away from the lake, which is famous for being the only lake in Lithuania to wash out amber on its' shores. Excavation site is 5 km away and survey places are all within 10 km radius from the place of residency. A driver will pick up participants daily to and from survey/excavation sites. Project participants will stay at the bunkhouses in numbers ranging from 2 to 5 in one bunkhouse. Each bunkhouse has its' separate shower with hot and cold water, WC, electrical stove, refrigerator, electrical tea kettle, dishes, cutlery and bedding. Food could be bought at the towns' grocery shops and prepared at home; alternatively participants could be eating at the local restaurants (there are 2 restaurants in the town). There is an option to rent a sauna or a hot tub, enjoy your free time while exploring the lake on a water bike or in a canoe or a boat. There is a beach volleyball court, BBQ place etc.
CHEAPER but less comfortable housing option is available. Please inquire.
1 week (i.e. 5 days of work and a free weekend) costs 250 euros. This price includes all the above mentioned housing expenses with all free time activities included in the price, transport from one of the airports (Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga) or railway/bus stations (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda) to the place of residency as well as back to the place of departure, transport to and from survey/excavation sites, work tools, optional weekend trips to Klaipeda (Memel), Curonian Spit, Baltic Sea and famous archaeological sites and museums of Western Lithuania. Lithuania is a relatively cheap country compared to other European countries so participants should keep in mind that an average of 50 to 80 euros per week is really enough for food expenses. Please contact us if You need a visa to enter the Lithuanian territory and we will provide the official letter of invitation so You could acquire Your visa for free.
Minimum recommended length of stay is 2 weeks but all participants are welcome and the length of stay is flexible.