Project Description


The site of Vasagård is located on the southern side of the island of Bornholm, Denmark. Vasagård is separated by the 100m Læså valley from two nearly identical Neolithic sites, and consists of a tomb system where a dolmen and a passage grave can be found close to the settlement. The grave system and causewayed enclosures are dated from c. 3500 BC., and constitute the most north-eastern occurrence of this complex type in Europe. During the excavations of 2013-2017, almost three hundred broken and complete flat engraved stones were uncovered, marked with patterns of radiating straight lines. Named “sun stones” or “solar stones”, archaeologists from the Bornholm Museum have postulated that these artifacts were likely part of the rituals carried out by Neolithic sun-worshipping practitioners about 5,000 years ago. New excavations will help to increase and to improve the amount of information about the site and the Neolithic history of the Baltic region.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 17-July 14, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $3,740
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Finn Ole Nielsen, Dr. Paul Otto Nielsen, Dr. M. Nicolas Caretta, MSc. Michael Thorsen
  • Online Orientation:  April 22, 2018, 10:00 AM PST
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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Finn Ole Nielsen
Dr. Finn Ole Nielsen Director
BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark
Dr. Paul Otto Nielsen
Dr. Paul Otto Nielsen
National Museum, Denmark
Dr. M. Nicolás Caretta
Dr. M. Nicolás Caretta
BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark
MSc. Michael Thorsen
BARC-Bornholm Museum, Denmark


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Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


The guest house is in the city of Rønne, capital of the island of Bornholm. It has been adapted into a comfortable bungalow with beds (bathrooms with shower, WC, and heating system) in the guest house, which also provides free Wi-Fi. Participants are expected to bring sleeping bags and personal towels. Students will share a room based on gender and room size.

Food is not included in the tuition cost for this program. The house, however, is properly furnished with all the cooking appliances and refrigerators so students can share the tasks of doing the shopping and cooking their own meals on their own. In the city, there are several options of places where food can be bought for affordable prices (approx. 15 to 20 $US). Food stores are within a walking distance from the guest house.

Travel Info

The guest house is in the city of Rønne, capital of the island of Bornholm. The island of Bornholm is located to the northeast of Denmark. Students are expected to arrive at the Bornholm Airport or port in the city of Rønne on or before June 17, 2018. It takes approximately three hours for passengers and freight to travel between Copenhagen and Rønne via Ystad in Sweden. There are also frequent flights between Bornholm Airport and Copenhagen Airport (25 minutes flight). It is important to check the low-cost flight options. Students will be met at the airport or the ferry dock by the project’s staff and taken to the guest house.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.


All students are required to have a valid passport when traveling to Denmark. US citizens must have valid passport for at least six months beyond the last day of the field school. Citizens of other countries must consult the Danish embassy website at their home country for specific visa requirements.

Where necessary, the BARC can send an official invitation letter that should be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.