ANT330Y: The Rudabanya Field School
Announcement: March 24th, 2020: As a result of COVID-19 we are forced to cancel the 2020 field school. Look for an announcement for the 2021 fieldschool this fall. Stay safe and indoors.
The Rudabanya field school 2020 is now ready for excavation! Once again
and perhaps for the last time ever we will be excavating this extremely rich
world famous site. Join us for what may be the final excavation at Rudabanya
and be part of the history of this amazing site. We will also be exacavting a newly
discovered site where we found a new ape species just last year. Get in on the ground
floor of this exciting new discovery. We can only accept a limited number of students so apply now to be sure of a spot.
The Rudabanya Field School is tentatively scheduled to run from June 3rd
to June 24th, 2020. We will require a deposit of $500
as soon as you are accepted (no later than March 15th) and the balance of $2000 CND by May 1st, 2020.
Email me (email@example.com) with all your questions.
Welcome to the home page of The Rudabanya Field School, a
palaeoanthropological field course administered by the University of
Toronto in collaboration with the Geological and Geophysical Institute
of Hungary. Participants have the opportunity to excavate the world famous locality
of Rudabanya and a new site called Alsotelekes, both in Hungary. The these two sites are rich in fossils including early relatives of
living African apes and humans. Discoveries at Rudabanya, many made by the students themselves, have helped us to unravel great mysteries of our ancestry. The first
field school took place in 1997. I still know people from that first year and from subsequent field campaigns, many of whom have gone on to prominent positions in
acedemia and other professions. They always remind me of the great experience and memories from Rudabanya to last a life-time.
The Rudabanya Field School course is run by Dr. David
Begun of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.
about the locale
Rudabanya is a world famous locality located in north central
Hungary with one of the richest collections of fossil primates from the
late Miocene period. Especially noteworthy at Rudabanya is Rudapithecus,
a fossil ape that figures prominently in debates about great ape
evolution and human origins. Rudapithecus has been interpreted to be a common ancestor of living African apes and humans. The University of Toronto and the
Hungarian Geological Institute are collaborating to excavate Rudabanya
to learn more about Rudapithecus and the
environment in which
it lived. As part of this project, the Rudabanya Palaeoanthropological
Field School offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand
the multidisciplinary approach of human origins research. Students always find fossils at Rudabanya and many find fossil apes.
For more information on the course and the field experience:
Click here to see the field school flyer
Click here to see views from the field
Click here to learn more about the course
Click here for additional contact information
How to Apply: To
apply for admission to the field school, please email me a brief explanation of your reasons for wanting to excavate at Rudabanya.
Include your university affiliation, year of study, email address and
phone number. No prior experience is necessary. All we require is an
enthusiastic desire to dig up fossils. If accepted, you will be
instructed to fill out an application form and to submit it along with
your deposit ($500) to Josie Alaimo, the undergraduate administrator
in Anthropology. When the list of participants
has been finalized we will have an orientation meeting at which all
your questions will be answered.
tips: Your ancillary fees ($2500) cover all your
room and board expenses in Hungary as well as travel within Hungary
during the field school. Course fees (set by the University, TBA), your travel to Budapest,
and health insurance are in addition. Travel to and from Hungary is
very easy and safe. Hungary is a safe and beautiful country full of history and beautiful sites. You will be completely in our care for
the entire duration of the field school. We gather
at the hotel in Budapest the day you arrive, and you will stay there on the first and last days of the field school.
We arrange all travel in Hungary. You are
responsible for getting to Hungary and for your own health insurance,
as well as any additional days you stay abroad. Upon acceptance, you will
be given very detailed instructions on getting to the hotel and more details
about the site. We have never lost a student.
You will be provided with maps and phone
numbers, and you will find it very easy to get to where you need to go.
At the site you will be housed in a hotel (no camping). We
have a laundry service and bedding is changed every week.
You do not need to bring any bedding or camping gear, except
perhaps your favorite pillow.
All dinners will be prepared by a local caterer under our supervision, and we will provide breakfast and lunch.
Required Field Gear
- Notebook - The
type is up to you but a standard spiral notebook will do.
- A retractable measuring
tape (in centimeters, not inches!)
- Dustpan and dust
broom (Rubbermaid makes a nice one with the dust broom attached to the
- One or two small
paint brushes (1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) wide)
- A line level
(available at Home Depot, Home Hardware and
- Pens – your
preferred basic writing supplies
- A small ruler or
other straight edge
- Dental tools and/or
a medium length (~7 inch or so) flathead screwdriver (to
be carried in your checked luggage only!) NB:
Dentists are a good source of used dental
medication that you
Suggested Field Gear
list is offered as a
guideline. Only you
know what you need,
but bear in mind that you should bring only one bag or suitcase. Pack light and bring as
items as possible. The
work is often
dirty, wet and strenuous, so bring appropriate clothing and check your
at the airport. You may want to
check out Value Village or
Goodwill for work pants/shirts and plan to leave them in Rudabanya at
of the season.
- 2-3 pairs work
pants for excavation
- 2 pairs shorts
for washing station (bathing suit optional)
- 5 - 6 shirts for
excavation and washing station
- 1 long-sleeved shirt
for excavation/washing station sun protection or cool day wear
- 1 sweatshirt, plus
1 rain jacket or poncho (ponchos work best)
- Water shoes or
flip flops for washing station
- Sweat pants,
shorts, lounge pants for relaxing at the hotel in the evening
- 1-2 casual shirts
or T-shirts for relaxing at the hotel in the evening
- 2-3 nicer shirts
for town visits and Budapest
- 1-2 pairs better
pants for town visits and Budapest
(required for excavation) for everyday wear
- Personal items
(10 socks and underwear, personal care items, 1 towel)
- Leatherman or
other multipurpose tool or a small pocket knife (again,
in your checked baggage only!)
- Knee pads
- Correction fluid
- Bug spray
- Hat or cap
- Water bottle
site content ?
david begun 2019
site design ? weija chiang 2006
university of toronto,
department of anthropology