2015 TNA Call

The ARIADNE project invites researchers to apply to participate in individual training visits to carry forwards their own research.  These opportunities are offered as part of ARIADNE's Transnational Access (TNA) activities and calls for for applications will be opened every three months.

The 2015 call for applications is now closed.

We welcome applications from individuals with a scientific interest and ability to benefit from training in archaeological research data management. Click here for information about how to apply.

Sponsorship is available up to 1000 euros per participant (to cover the cost of travel and accommodation) plus a tuition fee waiver. Bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, according to the procedure described in the application pack and eligibility criteria below, and based upon the quality of the applicant, their proposed project, and their personal statement.  5-10 bursaries are available from ARIADNE in 2015 for each TNA centre listed below.

Applications were invited for access at the following centres:

1. Individual training: Mapping existing datasets to CIDOC-CRM (PIN)

Organizer: PIN; Venue: Prato, Italy

Duration: 3-5 days

Period: Access is offered throughout 2015; exact dates by arrangement between the applicants and PIN

Description of the TNA offered:

The goal is to enable researchers and professionals to map their datasets to the CIDOC CRM standard, an exercise required to integrate them in a wider framework such as the ARIADNE one. The transnational access to PIN’s facilities will provide a summary background of CIDOC CRM, showing some case studies and some frequently used templates (e.g. for chronology, authorship, locations, etc.). The remaining time will be dedicated to developing the mappings of students’ case studies, which they will carry out under the supervision of specialists.

For an overview, please refer to the programme of TNA offered in 2014 as a summer school:  http://www.ariadne-infrastructure.eu/Services/ARIADNE-2014-Summer-school-PIN_Programme.

Pre-requisites: general knowledge of CIDOC CRM.

2. Summer school: 2D/3D documentation for archaeology

Organizer: ISTI-CNR; Venue: Pisa; Period: 22-26 June 2015

Content: The school aims at providing training and hands-on experience on the tools for producing and managing 2D and 3D documentation for archaeological purposes, both for objects and for monuments/sites, including the related visualization tools. The school will provide an introduction to the technologies and tools in the first 2-3 days and a hands-on activity in the remaining ones, organizing the students in small groups. It is expected that each student will bring her/his own research project, so that practice can be made on case studies of direct interest for the students. Programme.

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge on the digitization process (3D/2D) and on sampled data processing.

3. Summer school: Design of archaeological datasets

Organizer: ISTI-CNR; Venue: Pisa; Period: 6-10 July 2015

Content: the course aims at providing students with an introduction to metadata design for archaeological datasets, with perspective content provided as case studies by the students. The school will consist of some introductive lectures followed by hands-on seminars in which the design is developed by the students with the supervision of ISTI experts and then collectively discussed. Programme.

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of mark-up languages.

4. Individual training: Scientific datasets (Athena RC)

Organizer: Athena-RC; Venue: Xanthi, Greece

Format: Individual visit by researcher/research group

Duration: 3-5 days

Period: April 2015 – November 2015 (limited availability on August)

Description of the TNA offered:

The TNA targets archaeologists (primarily) and scientists with a specific interest in scientific methods available in a specific “theme” of archaeological research and/or archaeologists with a predefined archaeological problem requiring the assistance of scientific methods and data. The goal is to enable researchers and professionals to efficiently create and manage datasets deriving from the use of scientific analytical activity for the documentation of artefacts and the interpretation of archaeological finds.

The topics available for 2015 will be: a) archaeological dating, and b) provenance of ceramic artifacts. 

The TNA will provide the necessary facilities, technical know-how and support to get visitors acquainted with scientific methods available to support the archaeological research, and learn how to:

  • interpret laboratory results / scientific datasets from an archaeological point of view
  • manage and read behind the data (metadata and paradata)
  • incorporate laboratory results / scientific datasets into the investigation of an archaeological problem
  • effectively design archaeological projects that make use of scientific datasets

The Visitor will attend, if it is required, instruction and training sessions on selected methods and as a training exercise, based on the received information, will prepare and execute a “solution” plan for his/her problem or his/her special interest. Upon completion of a visit an “assessment” session will be held to evaluate the outcome of the visit and determine possible required future actions.

An expert–“personal tutor” will be appointed to each visitor that will receive the visitor and provide guidance through his/her entire stay while he will remain available for remote contact and assistance following the visit.


Visitors should come with a predefined problem or a specific interest requiring the assistance of scientific laboratory methods and data.  General knowledge of scientific applications in archaeology is recommended.

5. Design of archaeological datasets

Organizer: Athena-RC

Venue: Athens, Greece

Format: Summer School

Duration: 5 days

Period: 28 June - 3 July 2015

Description of the TNA offered: See programme