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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:

Summer 2018

*There will be no program offered during the summer of 2017*

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 two weeks of the research experience will be spent at Quinnipiac University 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 four weeks will be spent in 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.


Apply online:

(please check back in January 2018)


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 last year’s participants who will be presenting their findings at the Society for American Archaeology meeting this April. 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.

Isotopic Analysis of Burials from Early and Middle Bronze Age Cemeteries: Aims to use chemical signatures recorded in ancient teeth to 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 trace element and isotopic analysis. Recommended interests/skills: Chemistry, human osteology, zooarchaeology

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 data sets 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

Regional Survey: Aims to study the relationship between Békés 103 cemetery and adjacent Bronze age settlements. Project will involve processing of historical maps and aerial photos, travel to known Bronze Age sites for data collection and visit of museum collections in order to study regional settlement patterns. Recommended interests/skills: GPS pedestrian survey, GIS and database maintenance, ceramic phasing and chronology.

3D Modeling of Cemetery: Aims to create a simple virtual environment for project analysis and integration with project webpage. This project will integrate 3D models of graves and other archaeological objects into a common space on the BAKOTA web page that people can navigate and explore. Recommended interests/skills: Computer modeling or gaming experience including Autodesk Maya (or other 3D modelling software), Unity, photogrammetry, Sketchfab, or other webgl software. Note:Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and required to submita digital portfolio (5 images of recent work and up to 3 short time-based/animation files).

Bronze Compositional Analysis: Aims to understand the sources of metal ores found in the Békés region, and how they changed over time. This project will analyze multispectral elemental data from copper and bronze objects from the Copper Age to the Bronze Age. Recommended interests/skills: TOF elemental analysis for metals

Deadline for applications:

Mid-March 2018


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 2016. 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.

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 (pajalaca2000@yahoo.com)