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Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School
Seloutky, Czech Republic
An Early Celtic Cemetery
The archaeology faculty and staff of College of DuPage invite you to join our excavations
at this important site in the hills of east central Czech Republic. Located between
the historic cities of Brno and Olomouc, Seloutky is an early Celtic burial site with
unique stone tombs.
When: June 28 to July 31, 2020
Where: Olomouc, Czech Republic, Europe, about 2.5 hours north of Vienna and east of Prague
Cost: $2699 plus six semester credits (with an option for nine, pending approval.) Scholarships
can be applied for by early applicants.
Five weeks in Europe
Room, Board (Three meals per day, five days a week - no weekends)
Transportation with the field school in the Czech Republic
Admission to museums and exhibitions with the field school
Access to required equipment and miscellaneous access fees to power grids
Because of the economic situation in Europe and student feedback, more free time will
be provided in place of field trips, although some trips will still take place. Field
trips could include Asparn (Austria), Dolni Vestonice, Mikulcice, Modra and Sedlec
(Czech Republic), Trenčín and/or Nitra and Cachtice, (Slovak Republic),* although students are also free to travel on their own or in small groups on the
*These are day trips. Transportation and admissions to destinations are included, although
students are responsible for their own food and any additional fees associated with
individual side trips or activities.
Tuition is the same whether in or out of state: approximately $140 per semester hour.
College of DuPage is fully accredited and we have transferred these courses to numerous
state and private institutions. Up to nine credit hours of study will be available,
pending final approval of the field logistics and permits. These will be a required
course in field archaeology and a laboratory in field archaeology. Students must enroll
in the field and lab archaeology components.
Interested students can also take a course in bioarchaeology. We have access to numerous
archaeologically excavated sets of human remains from the site. Dr. Michael Dietz
will conduct a course in the fundamentals of bioarchaeology, based on the analysis
of human skeletal remains.
Airfare or other means of transport to and from the site is not included in the cost.
Students will meet at our excavation location near Olomouc, Czech Republic (easily
accessible by rail and bus) by the start date and will complete their trip there at
the end of the program. Students will likely find it much more affordable to travel
on their own using student discount rates or other personal discounts. However, once
the project director has established his airfare, this will be made public and students
are welcome to book travel on the same routes and carriers as the project staff. Please
contact Dr. Dietz for the specific details.
All instruction is carried out in English by experienced archaeologists led by Dr.
John Staeck, a veteran of more than 25 field seasons, and Dr. Michael Dietz, an experienced
bioarchaeologist with field work both in the Czech Republic and Peru. There is a maximum
of a 8:1 student to doctoral level faculty and we strive to maintain an overall ratio
of no more than 6:1 student to faculty. We work side-by-side with our students and
emphasize excavations as learning experiences rather than as a means to conduct research
cheaply. Our goals center on training students in the fundamentals of archaeological
excavation and field laboratory procedures as well as on learning about the past (and
present) in general.
About the Research Site
As this is a recently discovered site, our excavations this summer will continue to
investigate the structure, context, and meaning of the site as well as excavating
at least two of the complex box graves, each containing the cremated remains of up
to 25 individuals in funerary vessels
Excavation procedures, mapping using laser levels and total stations (laser theodolites
supported by onboard computers), feature excavation, field photography, and materials
recording. Any human skeletal remains that are excavated will be subjected to preliminary
forensic analysis at the research facility, pending remaining excavation time and
the condition of the remains.
Excavations by the Office of Archaeological Research in Prostejov have thus far focused
on determining the size and basic structure of the site. It is important to note
that no one can predict exactly what will be encountered, so some variation in precisely
what occurs is likely.
Explore the Czech Republic
For more information and enrollment material contact
Dr. Michael Dietz Assistant Director, Czech American Archaeological Field School College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599 (630) 942-2553