The Universities of Bern and Zurich are organising Topics:

the fourth SISA workshop (2023) in Adelboden and Engstligenalp in the Bernese Alps. The SISA will focus on the Alps as a communication and interaction zone, alpine landscapes, alpine agri- culture, prospecting and excavation methods, and social and economic systems in the Alps through time. It comprises invited keynote speakers on specific topics and the teaching of practical field- work. The lectures and fieldwork will take place in an archaeologically under-researched but highly promising region in the Bernese Alps at up to 2400 m.a.s.l.. Please note that we are in an alpine setting. Appropriate equipment and fitness are therefore required.


Mountain Archaeology
• The Alps as communication,

economic and social space
• Alpine setting through time
• Excavation methods in the Alpine

• Surveying and handling metal detectors


14.08.: Arrival of participants
15.08. / 16.08.: Workshop sessions
17.08. / 18.08.: Fieldtrip, survey, excavation on Engstligenalp 19.08.: Departure of participants

Invited speakers:

• Christian auf der Maur, ProSpect GmbH
• Regula Gubler, Archaeological Heritage Service of the Canton of Bern • Jessica Keil, University of Innsbruck
• Donat Fulda, ETH Zürich
• Ebbe Nielsen, University of Bern
• Romano Agola, Archaeological Heritage Service of the Canton of Bern • Albert Hafner, University of Bern
• Brigitte Andres, Archaeological Heritage Service of the Canton of Bern • Christoph Schwörer, University of Bern

PhD and advanced MA with special interests in mountain, landscape and environmental archaeology


Adelboden and Engstligenalp, Switzerland


14th August to 19th August 2023


Hari’s Chalets Nr. 2 Bonderlenstrasse 76 CH-3715 Adelboden


Please send your CV and a short letter of motivation by 30th April 2023.

Participation fee:

250 CHF


Organisation committee:

Mirco Brunner, University of Bern Caroline Heitz, University of Bern Martin Hinz, University of Bern Cynthia Marti, University of Bern Rouven Turck, University of Zurich

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