Gotland is famous for its rich heritage and beautiful nature. The island is situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea and has for millennia served as a central place for trading in eastern Baltic region. This is shown, not only by the UNESCO world heritage town of Visby which was a central merchant town for the Hanseatic League, but also by the large amount of Viking trading sites.
This year we will be excavating a Viking Age site on the southeastern coast of Gotland in the parish of Eke. The landscape is littered with remains from the Bronze Age, Viking Age and Middle Ages including cairns, stone walls, grave mounds, ship settings, petroglyphs and a hill-fort. The location is several hundred meters from the sea, but in previous time periods the shoreline likely came right up to the site and the area could have been used as a harbor site or settlement. There have been few excavations in this area, but the landscape has clearly been in use for centuries, if not millennia. Our goal with this excavation is to formulate an understanding of the activities that took place in this certain location.
The course will be open to students and amateurs from all over the world, and here is the chance to participate in a fascinating excavation programme. The course is taught in English.
The Archaeological Field Course is organized by Gotland Folk High School in collaboration with Gotland Archaeological Field School.
Gotland Folk High School in Hemse
The course is located at Gotland Folk High School in Hemse, a school established 140 years ago. The school is located in Hemse in Southern Gotland with shops, banks and other services. Hemse is located 50 km from the town of Visby.
As an internal participant you have a full board at the school in Hemse. You live in double room; have access to TV, Internet and laundry room. All meals are included, as well as transportation to and from ﬁeld work. Bed linen and towels are also included in course fee. You are welcome to check in to accomodation from 4 pm the day before the course starts (Sunday July 14). The rooms must be submitted at the latest 9 am on the departure day but the course ends by lunch time.
Application and registration fee
Applicants should be born in 2001 or earlier. The number of participants in the course is limited to 20. It is advisable to make an early application. In case of too many applicants there will be a waiting list. You apply on the Online Application Form
Last date for application and payment of registration fee (100 USD) to the ﬁeld course is Mars 1, 2019. Note that the course might be fully booked before.
Costs and payment
Full board participant (housing, food, transports, lectures, equipment are included): 2 950 USD (double room).
To be sure that you get a place in the course, you should pay the registration fee (100 USD) within a week from when you sent the application. The last
date of application and payment of registration fee is Mars 1, 2019 and last date of final payment is June 1. Note that you are not registered for the course until the registration fee is paid! If payment is not made before the last date, your place will be open for a reserve. For final payment, an invoice
will be sent by email in the middle of April.
Payment from Sweden
Fee should be paid into NORDEA bank, Postal Giro 37 71 11 - 0. Please write your name.
Payment from abroad
You pay the fee to our bank account, see below. Unfortunately we can not receive payments online with Visa, Mastercard or any other credit card. Here are the details you need for transferring:
Name and address account holder: Region Gotland, Gotland Folk High School, Storgatan 11, 623 50 Hemse, SWEDEN
IBAN: SE70 9500 0099 6026 0377 1110 (IBAN means our international bank account number)
Name and address of the bank: NORDEA Bank, 105 71 Stockholm, SWEDEN
City and country of financial institution: BIC/SWIFT address: NDEASESSPlease ensure that your name appears on the payment. We will confirm your payment by e-mail.
Last date of cancellation is June 15 to get a refund. Cancellation is notiﬁed in writing. If it involves
a repayment, then also provide an indication of the account number for deposit in an account number for deposit in bank.
The course is organized provided that enough participants sign up. Gotland Folk High School and Gotland Archaeological Field School have the right to cancel the course if
there are not enough applicants. If the course must be cancelled, course payments will be refunded.
If you want further information of the course, please contact:
How to travel to Gotland and Hemse
Gotland can be reached by ferry from Nynäshamn (close to Stockholm), Västervik and Oskarshamn. You can also travel by flight from Stockholm and other towns.
The best air connection is from Stockholm. Between Visby and Hemse there are buses.
In connection with certain ferry arrivals the bus departs outside the terminal or from the bus station. The trip takes about an hour.
For information on bus connections and departure times, see: www.gotland.se/kollektivtrafiken
Tip! As the demand for boat and air tickets are very high in summer, it is good to book your tickets well in advance.
Destination Gotland (ferry) www.destinationgotland.se
Braathens Regional Airlines www.flygbra.se
SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) www.sas.se