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The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School: Undergraduate Training in Fieldwork and Independent Research Reporting in European Archaeology is a summer program sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program (Award N0. 1460820).

Field School dates:

July 3-August 16, 2018

During this six week program, selected undergraduate students will: 1) work with an international research team while they analyze archaeological material, 2) participate in seminars and workshops taught by experts on archaeological method and theory and the cultural history of Eastern Europe, 3) visit museums and archaeological sites, 4) plan and complete an independent research project with a faculty mentor, and 5) live in a small town and learn about life in Hungary from the villagers, Hungarian students, and visiting project participants. Professional development mentoring will take place before the program starts, throughout the research season, and post-project. Participants will also receive training in ethical and equitable fieldwork codes of conduct, including Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) and sexual harassment awareness training.

The first week of the research experience will be spent in Szeged, Hungary where students will receive introductory training, participate in workshops related to academic writing and statistical techniques, learn about the background of the BAKOTA project, and establish a connection with their research project and mentor. The remaining five weeks will be spent in Vésztő, Hungary where the team will carry out the various research projects using archaeological material from BAKOTA project excavations.

The application process for the BAKOTA Field School is highly competitive; 8 students will be selected to participate. Selected undergraduates will receive room and board, travel, and a summer stipend (total: $3,000) due to generous support from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites Program.


American undergraduate student’s online application:


Independent Research Projects: Accepted students will develop a research plan with a faculty mentor, collect original data, analyze and interpret the results, and present and publish the finished product. Click here to see examples from previous participants who presented their findings at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in 2016 and 2017. Faculty mentors will be available before and after the field season in helping students master an analytical skill, and during the field-school students will have access to a wide range of specialists to help contextualize their research and interpret their results.

Applicants are asked to choose one independent research project from the list below, and explain their interest and ability to carry out the project in the online application. Please also indicate one “backup” project option if your primary project choice is full.

Chemical Analysis of Burials from Early and Middle Bronze Age Cemeteries: Aims to use chemical signatures recorded in ancient teeth and bone to A) assess diagenesis of cremated material, and B) reconstruct diet and movement during the Early and Middle Bronze Age. For this project a student will learn how to prepare previously excavated archaeological samples from cemeteries throughout the Carpathian Basin for FTIR, trace element and isotopic analysis. Recommended interests/skills: Chemistry, human osteology

Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Burned Human Bone: Aims to better understand Bronze Age cremation practices using quantitative and qualitative techniques. A small team of students will collect multiple complementary datasets from a series of previously excavated cremain burials from the Békés 103 cemetery. Data sets include: total cremain weight, total cremain volume, degree of fragmentation, degree of burning, and anatomical placement of bones in the burial. Recommended interests/skills: Human osteology, statistics

Ceramic Provenance: Aims to understand patterns of trade through the movement of fine ceramics in prehistory. Project will compare elemental makeup of background sediment to a growing database of ceramics analyzed with LA-ICP-MS. Recommended interests/skills: Chemistry, statistics, ceramic analysis.

Ceramic Stylistic Analysis: Aims to develop an understanding of patterning of stylistic elements on mortuary ceramics. Requires detailed recording of spatial location, dimensions, and co-occurrence of ceramic attributes, and comparison of local patterns to other Bronze Age cemeteries in the broader region. Recommended interests/skills: ceramic analysis, statistics, archaeological comparison, Hungarian and German language skills.


Eligibility: As per the guidelines of the National Science Foundation, these fellowships are available to US citizens and permanent residents only. Fellowships are available to undergraduates enrolled as a full-time student at college or university through at least August 2018. This program is open to all college students at any level from first year through senior year. If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in joining the BAKOTA project (e.g., non-US citizens and graduate students) please email your CV and a brief description of your research interests to one of the project directors.

International Students

Financial aid for international students is available with generous support from the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac University. Preference will be given to students from Hungary, Romania, and Poland. If accepted, students will be eligible for a $165/week summer stipend, in addition to room and board (for 6 weeks from July 3 to August 16). The project does not provide health insurance.

International student’s online application:


 ***International Student Deadline extended to MARCH 15***

Deadline for all applications:

March 2, 2018

Questions? Feel free to contact one of the BAKOTA project directors:

Paul Duffy, Ph.D., American co-director (paul.duffy@utoronto.ca)
Julia Giblin, Ph.D., American co-director (Julia.Giblin@quinnipiac.edu)
Györgyi Parditka, M.A., Hungarian co-director (gypardit@umich.edu)
László Paja, Ph.D., Hungarian co-director (laszlo.paja@gmail.com)