We are dedicated to providing a unique blend of research led excavation and fieldwork training for student archaeologists. 

In 2017, the fieldschool will run from June 12th for two blocks of three weeks, with the possibility to stay on for longer as a volunteer (to be confirmed with directors) as part of the excavation team.

Our multidisciplinary framework provides an ideal environment for gaining a variety of archaeological skills including excavation practices, post-excavation methods, documentation and scientific analysis of finds, environmental and faunal analysis, and applications of digital technology from spatial analysis to object visualisation. 


A key part of the Borderlands: ARISE project is our fieldschool. Archaeology is fundamentally about learning, and we want to share our experiences and experience with up and coming trainee archaeologists. We are able to accommodate 10-12 students on the project, where they will learn about archaeology by participating in all aspects of our fieldwork. No prior archaeological experience is necessary, although students studying archaeology or a closely related field at university are particularly encouraged to apply. The minimum age is 18, but there is no maximum. We have limited places for students from non-participating institutions, so please get in touch early if you want to join us in the field in 2017. 

As the project operates a multidisciplinary methodology, the fieldschool will cover all aspects of fieldwork and post-excavation. In the field this includes surface survey and excavation, along with geophysical prospection, topographic modelling and Geographic Information Systems, 3-D landscape and feature modelling, recording and drawing plans, field photography. In post-excavation analyses, students will learn about ceramic analyses, environmental archaeology, archive management, find illustration and photography, 3-D modelling of objects and much more!

Key objectives of the fieldschool

i)                    To introduce students to the full fieldwork process from planning through to preparing for publication

ii)                  To demonstrate to students how an archaeological field project is structured and how it functions on a daily and seasonal basis.

iii)                 To teach students about multidisciplinary approaches that incorporate field, material and digital specialisms.

iv)                To familiarise students with the archaeology of the Balkans and Great Hungarian Plain, with an emphasis on understanding the cultural and economic development of the region from the Neolithic to Early Medieval periods.

Learning outcomes

i)                    To learn the applications and methods of non-intrusive site prospection practices including surface survey and geophysics.

ii)                   To apply standard excavation methods on a typical archaeological field project.

iii)                 To employ conventional recording procedures to document excavation results.

iv)                 To perform preliminary processing of artefacts and environmental assemblages using the techniques introduced during tutorials and post-excavation sessions.

v)                  To recognise the different branches of an archaeological field project and understand how they are linked together.

vi)                 To understand the interplay between specialists and excavators in the development of excavation strategies.

vii)               To understand the management of paper and digital archives recording fieldwork results.

viii)              To identify and utilise a range of digital resources for recording and displaying a range of datasets.


It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her home institution will award academic credits for participation at Idjos, if this is required. The Borderlands: ARISE project is not a credit-granting bodies. Participation is not limited to those requiring academic credits however, and any interested student may apply. All students, however, are evaluated and receive a certificate following their satisfactory completion of the fieldschool. The fieldschool final grade is determined in consultation with the field and post-excavation leaders.  The main areas which are evaluated are: fieldwork participation; recording notebook; final presentation; trench tour. Further detail on this evaluation breakdown is provided upon acceptance to the project.

The Student Experience

 The student experience at Idjos falls into four main categories: on site, post-excavation laboratory, specialist seminars, and project life. The working week runs from Monday through Friday, with Saturday mornings devoted to post-excavation work, and/or fieldschool activities. Excavation commences every morning at 6.30 sharp, and continues until 14.30. Apotheke work or fieldschool seminars occur in the afternoon, and the working day ends at 17:00. Each student is assigned to a trench, where he/she works closely with an experienced archaeologist. Training includes general excavation methodology, context recording, elevation reading, site photography, environmental sampling, section drawing, and planning. All students work on-site and in post-excavation on rotation, and they are encouraged to assist the project specialists in the post-excavation process. Duties vary, but include pottery washing and strewing, finds cataloguing and photography, bone washing, glass conservation, data entry, and other tasks. Afternoon lectures or practical seminars are held several times a week and expose students to a wide variety of topics within archaeology. Fieldtrips to nearby sites are arranged for Saturday mornings. The final part of the fieldschool experience is surviving general day-to-day life on an archaeological project! Students are encouraged to join in with all aspects of project life.


Fieldschool fee covers: accommodation in Kidinda, fieldschool tuition, excavation expenses, tours. Fee does not include: transport to and from Serbia; transport to and from Kikinda; medical, travel, or accident insurance; subsistence; personal laundry. We are, however, happy to offer advice on suitable arrangements for each of these issues and to make sure everyone is well looked after! Get in touch with Dr. Barry Molloy via or contact page for more details