This is evident, 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. Much of the archaeological research on the island has focused on settlements and harbour sites, but the field school now turns its attention to a different aspect of the coastal region.
This summer, we will be continuing excavations at a site in Eke Parish, on the south-eastern coast of Gotland.
The landscape is littered with remains from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages including cairns, stone walls, grave fields, and an ancient fortification. The 2018 excavation concerned the stone-walled enclosure, a fortification known as Gudings slott, and our findings indicated human activity at the site from the Late Bronze Age through the Early Middle Ages. The majority of the excavation concerned graves located on and around the walls of the enclosure, which date to the Viking and Early Middle Ages. With this information, in 2019 we turned to an area only 600 meters away to investigate a number of strange stone constructions.
Our goal with this excavation was to formulate an understanding of the activities that took place in this certain area and possibly link them to the Viking Age activities at Gudings slott. What we found were deposits of ceramics and weapons inside building foundations from the periods preceding the Viking Age; the Migration and Vendel Periods. Together with a mysterious Viking Age construction marked only by the monumental postholes that remain, the area was most likely used for ritual or ceremonial activities.
The 2020 excavation will concern a number of graves in the area with the intent to acquire dateable materials to further our temporal knowledge of the site and piece together the puzzle we have been working on.
The course is 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. Please note that we are not affiliated with any university and therefore cannot provide academic credits.
About the course
Gotland Folk High School in Hemse.
The course is located at Gotland Folk High School in Hemse, a school established 140 years ago. Hemse is a village 50 km south of Visby and has shops, banks, restaurants, and other services.
As an internal participant you have a full board at the school in Hemse, which includes a place in a double room, all meals, and transportation to and from the excavation site. Bed linens and towels are also included. At the school, you have access to internet, tv, and laundry facilities. You are welcome to check in to accommodation from 4 pm the day before the course starts (Sunday, July 12). 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 2002 or earlier. The number of participants in the course is limited to 20. It is advisable to make an early application. In the case of too many applicants there will be a waiting list. You apply through the Online Application Form. The last date for application and payment of the non-refundable registration fee (450 USD) to the ﬁeld course is March 15, 2020. Note that the course might be fully booked before this date.
Costs and payment
Full board participant (incl. housing, food, transport, lectures, equipment): 2 850 USD.
To be sure that you get a place in the course, you should pay the registration fee (450 USD) within a week from when you send in the application. The last date of application and payment of registration fee is March 15, 2020 and last date of final payment is May 15, 2020. Note: you are not registered for the course until the registration fee is paid! If payment is not made before March 15, your place will be opened for a student on the reserve list. For final payment, an invoice will be sent by email in the beginning of April.
Payment from Sweden
Fee should be paid to 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 cannot receive payments online with Visa, Mastercard or any other credit card. Here are the details you need for a bank transfer:
Name and address account holder:
Gotland Folk High School,
623 50 Hemse, SWEDEN
IBAN: SE70 9500 0099 6026 0377 1110 (IBAN is 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: NDEASESS Please 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 (not including the registration fee). Cancellation must be notiﬁed in writing. If it involves a repayment, then also provide your bank account number for re-deposit.
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 in full.
If you need further information about the course, please contact:
How to travel to Gotland and Hemse
Gotland can be reached by ferry from Nynäshamn (close to Stockholm), 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 local 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
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