An Introduction to my Study Abroad Trip in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania


My name is Aviana Forster, and I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in anthropology. I am concentrating on archaeology within my major. While I will soon become an archaeologist, my abroad trip will give me more practical experience in the field and open my eyes to the international practice of the subject. I hope to use my anthropological perspective to learn from cultures and individuals of our world.

This semester I will be studying abroad in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. This is a small town in the center of Transylvania. The program I will be participating in is the Human Osteology and Bioarchaeology field school. To assist in my funds for this trip, I was graciously granted the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport scholarship.

I have a very unique perspective for this trip as I am half Romanian and was raised in an immersive setting. To this extent, I am excited to feel at home while abroad. Additionally, I am looking forward to gaining experience with excavation methods and knowledge of human osteology.

There are several goals I have set for myself which I wish to achieve during my month in Romania. Professionally, I hope to learn more about archaeology in this area and learn trowel methods in Romanian soil. I believe this would be beneficial as I have an interest in Carpathian archaeology. I also wish to become better versed in the bioarchaeological specialty as I may consider entering this subject professionally. Academically, my goal is to complete my methods requirement to graduate by the end of the year. In terms of personal goals, I hope to learn more about the region in which we are working in. Although Odorheiu is populated by a majority of Hungarians, I believe the history of this site is relevant for the entirety of Transylvanian history and archaeology. Through my anthropological lens, I wish to learn more about the locals of our field site and the cities which we may visit. I hope that this will allow me to fully understand the various cultures that exist throughout the regions of Romania while also gaining a further understanding of my own culture and heritage.

I will be maintaining this blog to expose experiences and travels throughout the duration of my field school.

Thank you for your time and support,

Aviana Forster

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