Topic ID #27917 - posted 3/27/2013 5:07 AM

Cave Archaeology in Transylvania - New August Session


Peștera Vacii (Cow’s Cave) is located in Pădurea Craiului Mountains, on the right slope of Cuților Valley (Bihor County, Transylvania, Romania). The entrance is rather impressive (25m wide and 8 m high), while the total length of the passages add up to 158 m (consisting of two rooms, couple of branched passages and a vertical shaft).

The incidentally discovery of early Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery, as well as cave bear (ursus spelaeus) fossils inside, has transformed this cave in a very important location from an archaeological and paleontological point of view. Recently, human skeletal remains were also discovered here by a team of speleologists, leading to the assumption that the cave may have played a funerary purpose at some point (in the early Bronze Age probably).

Session I: 13-31May (application deadline: 1 May)

Session II: 1-31 August (application deadline: 1 July)

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are provided by the Association during the entire program. Volunteers will be accommodated in refurbished  Romanian traditional houses (with all required comforts), which are part of an ethnographic park.

Cost: 200 euros per week

This excavation in part of a larger project (Archaeological Summer School Transylvania 2013). 

For more information ask for a syllabus at or visit

Post ID#20106 - replied 4/19/2013 5:39 AM


Apply here for the new August session!


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