The Classical Archaeology came into existence without any previous tradition, as an entirely new field of study that has been given the accreditation in 1997.
The Department of Classical Archaeology of the Trnava University was for a longer period the only institution providing this field of study.
During 1997-2006 was the master double field study realized in combination with History, History of Art and Culture or Classics.
In the academic year 2002/2003 was opened single field credit study.
Since the academic year 2005/2006 is established single field credit bachelor and master study.
In the academic year 2006/2007 was opened single field credit internal doctoral study.
Since the academic year 2007/2008 is opened single field credit external doctoral study.
At the Department lecture internal and external teachers, prominent scholars from Slovak and Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Italy.
At the present time the Department provides single field credit bachelor, master and doctoral study of Classical Archeology.
The education is concentrated to Art, History, Culture and Archaeology of Ancient Greece, Rome and Roman Provinces. Imply also the Aegean Bronze Age (Minoan and Mycaean Civilisation), Ancient History (Egypt and Near East) and Archeology of boundary regions of the Ancient World (Scyths, Celts, Thracs, Cimers). A part of the study programme are the courses of Classical Greek Language and Latin, as well as modern languages.
The particularity of the study is the comparison of the evolution of European Prehistoric Ages to advanced civilisations of Aegean region. The goal is to point out the interrelation and impact of the Ancient Greece and Rome to the historical development in Barbaricum. Particular accent is put on Danubian provinces.
On behalf of enhacement of education and familiarization with the heritage of the Ancient World are yearly organized student excursions. In foregone years were the excursions specialized to museums and archaeological sites in Italy, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic.
Students are yearly obligated to take part at three week practice on excavation. At the present time the Department does not lead own systematic excavation, therefore provides participation at the excavations of other home or foreign institutions.
Since 2006 students have a possibility to obtain skills in rescue excavations in Trnava and Trnavian region. The Department realizes them under the licence pertinent to the law of the monuments protection of SR.
Profile of graduate
Graduate of the Classical Archaeology is prepared to handle theoretical and practical tasks.
At the professional level is he able to carry out excavations and to use progressive methods and techniques.
Graduate can analyze uncovered structures and interpret finds in wider historical context.
For international co-operation and for obtaining recent scientific information is neccesary to speak at least two world languages.
Graduate can work in scientific, cultural-educational and further institiutions.
He can operate at the universities and scientific institutions specialized to Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Art History of Ancient Civilisations and Ancient History.
He can operate in art galleries (for Ancient art), museums and monumets board.
Orientation of the field enables to work in other offices that demand academic education (editorial offices, magazines, TV, radios) as well as in commercial sphere (travel agencies etc.).
Research and Excavations
The Department participated and participates in several home and foreign research projects.
The main perspective is the co-operation with the Institute of Archaeology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Nitra, Slovak Republic), the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the University of Vienna (Austria), the Selçuk University in Konya and the Uludağ University in Bursa (Turkey).
The department established the tradition of organizing international scientific symposiums specialized to specific themes in chronological section – from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity.
Up to now were every two years held (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014) to the themes: Contacts of Middle Europe and Meditteranean, Jewelery and Costume, Arms and Armour, Cult and Sanctuary through the Ages. Contributions were published in Anodos - Studies of the Ancient World (1/2001, 3/2003, 4-5/2004-2005, 6-7/2006-2007, 10/2010, 11/2011, 12/2012).
Within the international scientific conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of constitution of the Faculty of Arts of the Trnava University in 2002, the Department organized the section Problems and Perspectives of Classical and Roman Provincial Archaeology. The contributions were published in Anodos – Supplementum 2.
The projects have been organized and financially supported by grant agencies, various institutions and sponsors (Slovak Academic Information Agency, Austrian Exchange Service, International Visegrad Fund, Austrian Institute for the Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Cultural Institute of the Republic of Hungary - Bratislava, Slovak Archeological Society by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, etc.).
In 2001 the Department established publishing its annual ANODOS - Studies of the Ancient World.
At the same time the Department also publishes supplements to the annual: Anodos – Supplementum.Departmen
The result of the international project – summer school specialized to presentation and protection of the Ancient cultural heritage is English and German mutation of the publication Kelemantia – Brigetio.
The 10th publication that has been published by the Departmet is dedicated to prof. Bohuslav Novotný.
The own contribution to creation of educational texts is the textbook Dejiny a kultúra starovekého Grécka a Ríma / History and Culture of the Ancient Greece and Rome edited in 2006 in publishing house Veda - Typi Universitatis Tyrnaviensis.
Edition activity has up to now been realized with the financial support of research and educational grants as well as sponsors (Action Austria - Slovakia, Slovak Academic Information Agency, Austrian Exchange Service, International Visegrad Fund; The Town of Trnava, Faculty of Arts of the Trnava University, Slovak Archeological Society by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Society of Anton Točík etc.).
Student mobility within the international programme Socrates/Erasmus
Study and research student stays abroad: Austria – University of Vienna, Karl-Franzens- University Graz; Czech Republic – Charles University Prag; Poland - Jagellonian University Krakow, Warsaw University Warsaw; Turkey – Selçuk University Konya.
Student practice abroad: Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, France, Portugal, Turkey, Greece.
Teacher mobilitywithin the international mobility programme Socrates/Erasmus at the Universities inEichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany) and Bursa (Turkey).
The Department organizes conferences in co-operation with foreign partners.
The Department regularly invites foreign scholars to selected lectures and courses.
In co-operation with foreign partners the Department organizes student excursions.
Stays of foreign students at the Trnava University: Turkey – Selçuk University Konya.
Since 2002 has the Department in co-operation with home and foreign institutions been participating in organizing the international summer school for students of archaeology in the area of Roman Fort at Iža.
The Department is regularly exchanging literature with its foreign partners.