Situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea, the island of Gotland has a tremendously rich heritage from the Viking Age. Over 700 silver hoards have been found and every year at least one new hoard is discovered. Archaeological investigations show that the hoards have been placed inside houses or close to houses and that every farm on Gotland has at least one silver hoard from the Viking Age. Along the shoreline of Gotland some 60 Viking Age harbours of varying sizes have been found. For several years, Gotland University ran a research programme to investigate this Viking port of trade, which came to an end in 2005.
The Viking Discovery Programme began in 2007 with the aim of studying the many Viking Age farms. During four years, designated excavations of Viking farmsteads has taken place to give a new and better understanding of the Gotlandic farm in the Viking Age, and to cast light on settlement patterns, house constructions and daily life of the Gotlandic farmers. In summer 2012, the investigation will continue at a fascinating abandoned farmstead existing between AD 100–AD 1360, called Fjäle. The field courses will be open to students and amateurs from all over the world, and here is the chance to participate in a fascinating excavation programme on the lovely summer island of Gotland.
The course is interdisciplinary and comparable with university studies in archaeology, with most lectures and teaching of investigation techniques carried out by university personnel. The course runs eight hours a day, five days a week. Students will receive an introduction to basic aspects of field excavation techniques, which will be applied during excavation. In the field, students will process, classify, register and study excavated material. In addition to the daily excavations, students will further learn about the history of Gotland by way of organised excursions to cultural sites on the island. Courses will be taught in English.
Period(s) of occupation
Viking Age - Early Middle Ages
Minimum Length Stay
Associate Professor Dan Carlsson
Brink, S., and Price, N. The Viking World 2008 Routledge, London and New York
Routledge, London and New York The Spillings Hoard - Gotland's Role in Viking Age World Trade 2009 Visby
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