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CALL. 01.03.2016: How to make a field school work: managing issues, dangers, opportunities (Session



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Di Felice, Patrizio (Roma, Italy); Bedin, Edoardo (UCL, London, United Kingdom); Miaczewska, Anna (Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie, Lublin,Poland); Kubala, Agata (Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław, Poland)

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Topic - Theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology Keywords: Archaeologists, Management SESSION DESCRIPTION: Archaeology Field School is supposed to be a training environment for students who aspire to ultimately become archaeologists, but is it the right place? Archaeological projects have faced for many years now an increase in field school offers, the majority of them asking students to pay a fee or tuition for joining the field school where they would be trained by professional archaeologists. Very often these projects ask for very high fees which students cannot always cover, consequently forcing them to search for some other training opportunities.

What are the reasons for such high fees? Do these high fee projects train better archaeologists than other archaeological fieldworks? What is the best technique to build up a successful field school project? What expectations do student have when they apply for a field school? Should field schools be led by universities, non-university institutions, or partnership between the two? Would a management plan and a business plan help to provide a better working place for all the parties involved?

The primary purpose of this session is to analyse archaeologists’ working methods on developing a successful field school, with the aim of answering the questions above. The discussion should focus on issues encountered during the development of projects and on means for providing the best training for archaeology students, where the focus should be placed on improving their skills in a limited time-span, but also reducing the costs of running the field school.

The ultimate purpose of this session is to provide the base for further improvements in the creation of effective and well-organized projects, which can turn archaeology students into actual professionals on archaeological sites. Presentation Preference - Regular session (half day)

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