“New Archaeological School” was started at 2002 (our birthday is on June 27). Since then fans, supporters and volunteers research cultural heritage and present it to public.
NAS was founded by three graduates of Faculty of History of Zaporizhya National University — Oleg Tuboltsev, Dmitry Kobalia and Igor Pashenko. NAS came all the way from a small archaeological children’s club to a large international organization that particularly focuses on happiness and satisfaction of every participant. The School is not about lessons and is not a tourist attraction. It is rather a space where people interact with cultural heritage. A found artifact comes a long processing way — description, research and reconstruction — to disclose the truth behind it. We don’t pave this way alone. Groups from all over Ukraine join us. NAS members work in the USA, Canada and Italy and our papers are published in Cambridge, Milan and Canberra.
Outstanding results are important, but we value openness way more. Everyone can leave us a message or give us a call and join in. We will be happy to welcome newcomers in the field on in the lab (where we process the finds and create public presentations – scientific papers, lectures etc. From the age of 14, NAS members contribute to science. They take part in conferences, popularize archaeology and cultural heritage, contribute to its protection and preservation.
Archaeology is not a rocket science, but still, it is quite complex and demands knowledge and skills. Archaeologists’ talents are so vast, so they are sometimes even contradictory. But among our reliable members, teens are able to learn this complex science and consequently, develop their personality immensely. We help them on this way. Aside from regular archaeological routine, they learn information technologies in archaeology, 3D-modelling, drawing, photography, rhetoric etc. Expedition taught many of us how to kayak, start a campfire, shovel and cook outdoors.
NAS membership is a perfect foundation for a History Faculty student, though this is not an obligatory way. Our results are unique because our approach is multidisciplinary and diverse. Cooperative work with experts in different fields is the key to our achievements. Among them – discovery of Zaporizhya historical roots, Ukraine’s oldest sculptures (more than 10 000 years old) and a unique Bronze Age object. But the most interesting is yet to come. Every year our organization grows and our methods develop.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
Come and stay
Expedition lasts all summer to discover as much as possible. For those unused to field conditions this might be an issue. That is why we are ready to accept everyone for a short period of time, regardless of their skills. Archaeology is a science for everyone! A week is enough to understand what field work and expedition life are like. Usually we are contributing to the general expedition budget to cover food, fuel etc., but the price depends from the location. And you are always welcome to stay longer.
Got interested? Give us a call or leave a message (contacts are at the bottom of the page). You will get a full information on how to prepare and what you need. Airport/railway station transfer is on us. We welcome both individual enthusiasts and groups.
Got no sleeping bag or tent? Worry not! We are here to support you on your way to archaeology. NAS has all kinds of required equipment – tents, sleeping bags, shovels, scalpels and brushes. Personal dishes are not required either, since we’ve got you 100% covered.
Bad news for bath-lovers. We have no hot water, unless the sun heats it in a shower tank. It’s a fieldwork after all. And we have no beds. We sleep in tents inside sleeping bags. Phones and other tech are charged from a fuel generator. You can play guitar? Bring it along! You will be a star on our evening campfire sessions.
Expedition is just a tip of the iceberg
Cannot come in summer? You’re still welcome into the lab! The most interesting part happens there. Everything we found turns from muddy something into archaeological artifacts. And we personally do this transformation. NAS members gather every Wednesday and Saturday at 4:00PM at 46a, Nemirovichya-Danchenko St. in Zaporizhya. We wash, clean, glue, measure and analyze the finds, prepare public presentations and lectures. You’re welcome to join!
You can also join us at scientific conferences, presentation and public lectures. You have an extra pair of hands that we need and we will provide positive emotions that you need. Time to work together!
More about our expeditions here in Instagram.
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