Medieval Bioarchaeology Program - Poland
July 7-25, 2014, Bezlawki, NE Poland
On-Campus and Online Schedule
April 12 & 13, 2014: On-campus instructional sessions. BSS 310, 0900-1730 on both days (Sat. & Sun.)
Course and program basics & expectations, field preparedness, logistics, overview of Polish history. Introduction to skeletal biology, forensics, pathology & bioarchaeological excavation.*Note: In-person attendance is negotiable for off-campus (non-HSU) students.
July 1, 2014: Complete online part of Anth 485, Poland Field Program Preparation
Please note that you may be able to finish the online portion of Anth 485 before July 1, if you are able to complete the required hours and assignments ahead of time.
Students are responsible for obtaining all immunizations required by the US Public Health Service for Poland as well as the student's medical condition and history. All students will be required to have international medical, accident, and evacuation insurance and must sign the HSU Insurance Agreement and Release prior to leaving for Poland.
Students are required to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program with the State Department prior to leaving for Poland: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.html .
See "Courses" for more information
Poland and Travel Schedule
July 7, 2014: Students arrive in Gdansk, Poland and travel to the field site.
This is your first day in country on the program. You will be expected to meet at the Gdansk airport in the morning on the 7th. The bus from the airport will arrive at approximately 2:00 p.m., so please plan your flight early enough to allow for flight and baggage delays. Program staff will be there to greet you and your first in-country orientation will take place on the bus on your way to the site (car touring). Once you reach Bezławki, you will have a chance to settle in, followed by site orientation and dinner.
July 8 – July 25, 2014: Fieldwork at Bezławki.
Beginning on July 8th and continuing through July 25th, a typical day at the field site starts with breakfast at 7 a.m. We will begin work at 8 a.m., break for lunch around noon for an hour and continue work until 5 p.m. Work time will be divided between excavation and laboratory analyses; both will be supplemented with lectures in situ. You will be expected to attend and participate in all portions of the program (excavation, laboratory and lectures). Please expect some lectures as well as additional laboratory analysis work in the evenings. Sundays will be free days; you may use these days to work on your projects, to travel locally (e.g., to the nearby town), to rest or do laundry, etc. Please note that on July 12th and 19th you may join some of the faculty and staff on field trips (sites TBA but may include Hitler’s bunker, among other things). If you wish to stay at the field site to work, that is an option as well. Student project presentations will take place on July 24. We will have a closing ceremony and farewell party following the presentations. There will be a brief final wrap-up session the morning of the 25th before your final departure.
July 25, 2014: End of program.
A bus will take all students on the program to Gdansk. From there, students may either continue independent travel in Europe or fly back to the States.
Program Deadlines and Dates Checklist
March 29, 2014: Apply for a passport if you do not already have one. Be certain it is valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
April 4, 2014: Deadline for application.April 12, 2014 Mandatory Instructional Session. BSS 310, 0900-1730
April 13, 2014 Mandatory Instructional Session. BSS 310, 0900-1730
April 18, 2014: Program deposit ($200) due to Extended Education (nonrefundable).
April 21, 2014: Registration for courses is available (tuition $1320)
April 30, 2014: Suggested deadline for booking air ticket (earlier purchase advised).
April 30, 6-9 p.m., SH 108 or may 3, 9-12 p.m., Goodwin Forum. Study Abroad Orientation.
April 30, 2014: Deadline for providing course instructors with ‘Flight Information Form’ (return form directly to instructors or the Anthropology Department)
May 5, 2014: Deadline for full payment of program fees ($3700 minus $200 deposit). Passport must be uploaded by this date to allow fees to be paid.
May 16 – July 1: Complete online course (will require books to complete).
By July 1, 2014: Suggest obtain a Visa credit card (emergencies or use in Poland)
By July 1, 2014: Call airlines to check luggage restrictions
Before leaving for Poland, you may register with the US Embassy at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
July 7, 2014: Students arrive in Gdansk, Poland and travel via bus (2 p.m.) to field site.
July 7 – July 25, 2014: Students at Bezławki ( meals and lodging covered by course fees)
July 25, 2014: End of program. Bus to Gdansk airport provided for students not continuing travels in Europe.