Archeological summer camp near Veliky Novgorod
Russian courses and archeology
Liden & Denz offers an authentic and unique experience combining lessons in Russian medieval history with actual excavation work at Staraya Russa, a wealthy medieval town not far from Veliky Novgorod. Our archeological volunteers help a team of Novgorod University to unearth artefacts from the 11th to 15th century!
The excavation sites in and around Novgorod have huge importance for historical researchers as they contain a significant number of written birch barks from a bygone era. Finding written sources in the mud is extremely rare. Not so in Novgorod, where specific geological conditions helped to preserve the birch barks in the mud for centuries.
Camp and lectures
The field work on the site is conducted under the supervision of trained archeologists from the University of Novgorod, who will provide proper training, organise excursions and conduct several lectures on archeology in the specific context of the Republic of Novgorod during and after the reign of Yaroslav the Wise.
Camp lectures focus on those subjects:
- Archeology as science
- Methods and organisation of archeological work
- Rules and regulations at the excavation site
- Cultural layers and their formation
- Methods of determining dates of found objects
- Archeological relics in the Novgorod region and their historical significance (including excursions).
Camp duration and requirements
The archeological camp lasts three weeks and is preceded by two weekly modules of historical lectures and field work vocabulary at the Liden & Denz St. Petersburg campus. The required level of Russian for the camp is A2 (level test by phone/skype prior to booking). Total beginners of Russian can apply too, but are required to study 8 weeks of General Russian before the camp starts. The two weekly modules (10 lessons total) are compulsory for volunteers heading for the camp. All participants receive a certificate by the University of Novgorod.
Dates and Prices
|Dates and Stages Archeological Summer Camp 2020|
|25. May 2020||6 weeks||Any Russian language course in any Liden & Denz centre.||Compulsory for beginners. No high-season supplement charge on tuition.|
|6. July 2020||2 weeks||Russian language course + History module at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg||Compulsory for all students below B1 level.|
|20. July 2020||3 weeks||Archeological summer camp in Staraya Russa|
Conditions at the excavation site in Staraya Russa
Archeological field work at the Piatnitska-2 excavation site in Staraya Russa can be physically and mentally demanding. Volunteers sit on makeshift benches and dig through the mud with their hands looking for artefacts made of birch bark, leather, ceramics or metal under the supervision of professional archeologists. The reward comes in artefacts, which are found on a daily basis!
Our volunteers work alongside volunteers from Russian universities, usually from the region. All meals are taken together. Conditions are basic. Sun protection is essential. No work can be conducted during rain showers (this time will be used for lectures and excursions). Work is conducted from Monday-Saturday. Some of the supervisors speak English but all lectures are held in Russian.
|Fees Archeological Summer Camp 2020|
|Placement fee* camp + language course / historical module||€ 1300|
|History module (2 weeks; 10 lessons)||€ 360|
|Placement fee* camp only (possible for students with B1 level or higher)||€ 1650|
*Included services: Level interview by phone/skype, transfer to and from Staraya Russa, single en-suite accommodation in a 3* hotel with breakfast, all camp meals, lectures and excursions in Staraya Russa.
*Not included: enrolment fee covering visa support and registration, fees for language course (check options here) and history module (where applicable), accommodation costs St.Petersburg (check options here).