Middle Paleolithic Field School in North Macedonia

The Neanderthal Crossroads Project is the first Middle Paleolithic field school in the Balkan region and we are holding our second field season in summer 2023. Students will get the opportunity to learn surface survey and trench excavation techniques at a Middle Paleolithic archaeological site, Uzun Mera, as well as exploratory investigations at additional caves including Peshka Cave. The Middle Paleolithic history of the central Balkans is still not well-known, despite it being the clear crossroads for hominins into and out of Europe. North Macedonia is a gorgeous, NATO-member country in the central Balkans that is safe and relatively inexpensive. Please reach out with questions about our schedule, travel logistics, or CoVID protocols; we would love to have you join us this summer!
We have a short video of last summer’s excavation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM6W6E4tSkI