Summer School

Samshvilde Summer School in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology 2019

UPDATE : Our team for Samshvilde Summer School in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology is now complete for the season of 2019! Thank you to all applicants for your interest. Stay tuned for information on our 2020 field season.




Program Description

Samshvilde Summer School is an intensive three-week course in basic archaeological and bioarchaeological practice. Trainees will have the unique opportunity to excavate Samshvilde's royal medieval citadel (11th-13th cent. AD) and Sioni cemetery. In this course, trainees will learn a variety of methodological skills and gain hands-on experience necessary for becoming a professional archaeologist.


Training includes:

-  Field work

-  Post-excavation finds processing

-  Seminars on archaeology and Georgian culture


At the end of this course trainees will have experience in:

-  Archaeological and grave context excavation

-  Documentation and archiving

-  Artefact conservation

-  Scientific photography

-  Technical drawing

-  Basic osteology



Program dates

July 15th to August 6th, 2019



Because this is course aimed at beginners (undergraduate students, interested laypersons), applicants are NOT required to have previous experience in archaeology or bioarchaeology.
You must be fit to do light physical labor, be proficient in English, and have an interest in archaeology.

*We are especially interested in applicants with a background in zooarchaeology or human osteology for a personal project. If you are interested in this please specify on your application form.*


Program fee

4,750 GEL (2,330 CAD)

This fee includes transport between Tbilisi airport and the dig house, meals and accommodation, 2 day trips (locations to be determined), teaching materials and field equipment, seminars, 2 nights of lodging in Tbilisi and a certification (upon completion of the program)

It does NOT include airfare or insurance


Serious candidates are invited to read the information document below in order to get all necessary information our the course.



Please download, fill and send your application form to before February 22nd, 2019. First come, first served!