Project Description


Towards c. 1000 BC, a Late Bronze Age community settled in the higher part of the hill of Malvieu, in a small valley of the Black Mountain –Montagne Noire-, in Mediterranean France. This settlement would eventually grow and its complexity increase: towards 800 BC, a rampart is built and the appearance of houses of different sizes and architecture demonstrate the existence of social differentiation. The site is abandoned towards 500 BC, for unknown reasons. The excavations of Malvieu are a unique opportunity to investigate the dynamics the Mediterranean during the early 1st millennium BC.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: July 1-July 28, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $4,765
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Alexis Gorgues
  • Online Orientation:  May 19, 2018, 8:30 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. Alexis Gorgues
Dr. Alexis GorguesDirector
University Bordeaux Montaigne


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Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • 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.


Housing will be provided in Saint-Pons-de-Thomières, a charming town of southern France, in the valley of the Jaur, in a small structure called the Campotel du Jaur ( Students will be housed in small but comfortable apartments of 4 beds, each one with its own kitchen and bathroom. Apartments will be shared between the US and French students. Most of the meals will be prepared by the students themselves. In the evening, the dinner will be a communal event with the entire team while lunch will be taken separately in each apartment (to provide time for a possible nap). Shopping for ingredients will be done by the staff for the whole team. In such conditions, some accommodation can be made for vegetarians, but at the risk of monotony in the diet (rice, noodles, etc.). Specialized diets such as vegan, kosher, and gluten free will be difficult to accommodate.

Travel Info

The meeting point will be at Mazamet (Tarn, France) Train Station, on Sunday July 1st. For those reaching Toulouse by airplane (probably the most direct connection from the US): take tram Line 1 to the Palais de Justice station (terminus of the line), and the metro L2 to “Marengo SNCF” station, and there take a train to Mazamet (6 trains between 11.44 am and 5.40 pm on July 1st).

For students reaching Toulouse from Paris by train, change train at Toulouse-Matabiau station towards Mazamet. Mazamet is 40 km away from Saint-Pons, but is the nearest train station. Pick-up by staff members will be organized according to the hour of arrival of the students, in two or three rotations.

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


US citizens do not need visa to enter France for stay up to 90 days, including short academic visits. France is part of the Schengen agreement. Immigration officer may ask you to show sufficient funds for your stay and a return ticket. No vaccines are required.

Citizens of other countries are asked to check with the French Embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirement.

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.