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Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School (DPFS) is a four-week field course in paleoanthropology at the site of Dmanisi, Georgia. It starts in the last week of July and continues in August. DPFS is a combination of theoretical course work and practical training. By the end of the course students will choose a research project and prepare a final presentation.

The Field School is open to young scientists, archaeology and anthropology students and interested persons.

The school is held at the Dmanisi Paleolithic site (village of Patara Dmanisi, 80 km from Tbilisi, Dmanisi Region, East Georgia) and students are accommodated in the camp or village near the archaeological site.


The faculty for the Dmanisi Field School features prominent academics from around the world, including Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze (General Director of the Georgian National Museum), Prof. Dr. Christoph Zollikofer (University of Zurich), Dr. Marcia Ponce de León (University of Zurich) , Prof. Dr. Reid Ferring (University of North Texas), Prof. Dr. Philip Rightmire (Harvard University, Binghamton University), Prof. Dr. Martha Tappen (University of Minnesota), Prof. Dr. Jordi Agusti (University of Tarragona), Prof. Lorenzo Rook (University of Florence), Dr. Laura Longo (University of Florence), M.A. Ann Margvelashvili (Georgian Nationa Museum, University of Zurich), M.A. Teona Shelia (Georgian Nationa Museum), M.A. Gocha Kiladze (Georgian National Museum), Dr. Maia Bukhsianidze (Georgian National Museum) Dr. Naoki Morimoto (Kyoto University).

Maximum number of field school students: 10.

The decision will be e-mailed to applicants by 1st of May of each year with the instructions of how to proceed with the next steps of application.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the program is 3000 USD per student and covers work materials, lodging and catering at the Field School site, transportation to and from the Airport and site, excursions and Tbilisi housing covering one or two nights of stay in Tbilisi upon arrival and in anticipation of departure. Tuition fee does not include transportation costs to Georgia, although we will work with students to find as affordable air rates as possible. 


Participants in the Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Filed School are able to receive academic credit in accordance with their host universities.  Accreditation of the program comes through University of Zurich and is granted with 8 ECTS.

Admission Rules

Applicants should e-mail CV and application form to dmanisifieldschool@gmail.com.

Applications will be selected by the Dmanisi Field School admission committee.


The applications for pariticipation in the Dmanisi Paleoanthoropology Field School are being accepted from November 1 annually, through April 1st. Maximum number of available places, 10. For participation, please fill in the application form and send it together with your CV or Resume.

2016 field school dates: 18 Jul - 13 Aug 

Contact: Ann Margvelashvili


             Tel:00 41 79 888-7615