Medieval Bioarchaeology Program - Poland
July 7-25, 2014, Bezlawki, NE Poland
We will be staying in the countryside village of Bezławki which lies in North-East Poland, in the Warmia and Mazury province, 35 miles north-east of the regional capital Olsztyn. The region is famous for its beautiful lakes and sprawling countryside, making it a popular vacationing destination in the summer months. The weather in Bezławki will be humid, with average high temperature for the month of July around 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
The earliest historical mention of Bezławki is in 1356 CE. In 1402, a hunting castle was built in the village to accommodate the Teutonic Knights. The castle was converted to a church in 1513 and is still standing today.
Although Poland plans to adopt the Euro as soon as 2015, the official Polish currency is the złoty. One dollar is currently worth 3.18 zł. Most towns and cities in Poland have ATMs, but Bezławki does not have one so plan to change some money at the Gdansk airport. Credit cards are often accepted in major cities, and Visa is the most widely accepted credit card in Poland. You will be in charge of obtaining, converting, and protecting your cash for incidentals (we suggest that you bring about $200).
At Bezławki, you will stay in classrooms that have been adapted as dormitories. You will be required to bring your own sleeping mat and bedding. There will be approximately six students per room, and males and females will have separate rooms. There are shared showers and restroom facilities, and separate hours for males and females will be posted for the showers. There will be one washing machine and lines for drying clothes; students and staff will have designated washing times, but it is important that you bring enough clothes to last 7 full days in between washings.
Meals and Special Nutritional Needs
Meals are served at pre-set times in the morning, afternoon, and evening and will be brought in by an outside caterer. We will eat healthy Polish fare, and vegetarian options are available for all meals. If you wish to have additional snack items, you should bring these from home. Water is drinkable from the tap and is available at all times.
Students with disabilities should consult the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) in House 71, (707) 826-4678, and read about the specific housing and field conditions in Poland. Students are encouraged to research the site before applying and to meet with faculty to discuss any accommodations needed for the program. Reasonable accommodations may be available for students who have a documented disability. All accommodations must be approved through the Humboldt State University Student Disability Resource Center.