petition their University for Class Credit based upon the following
studies and practicum during the three-week excavation:
1. Before the excavations
the volunteers will have lectures on the history and previous excavations
of this archaeological site. These will include photos, maps and working
drawings made during the previous years’ excavations.
2. During the excavation
time frame, lectures will cover the history of the Don River region
broken into time periods:
3. The field practicum
includes: learning how to define and lay out an excavation kurgan,
use of the theodolite, studying the methods of excavating, methods
of cleaning artifacts and skeletons, methods of preserving artifacts.
4. Volunteers will
be acquainted with literature on archaeology and history of the Lower
Don region. A good library is available in camp.
5. Excursion to
the most interesting historical and archaeological museums and
sites of the region.
6. Study of
artifacts, including a large Medieval Period ceramic collection.