Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project

Location: Genzano di Lucania, Italy

Saturday, July 19, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Program Type



Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada

Project Director:

Dr. Myles McCallum

Project Description

The Basentello Valley Archaeological Field Project (BVARP) is undertaking archaeological field survey in the territories of Irsina, Genzano di Lucania, and Banzi in the region of Basilicata from July 19, 2013 to August 9, and is looking for volunteers. All project participants will engage in archaeological field walking, collection, digital mapping, data entry, photography, and artifact processing. Depending on this summer's schedule, participants may have the opportunity to work with our geophysical prospection team. Ideally, we would like volunteers to have some fieldwork experience, but experience is not required.

The BVARP seeks to understand the cultural changes that correspond to the Roman presence in the region and how these changes may manifest themselves archaeologically. We are interested in reconstructing regional settlement patterns, site hierarchies, and networks. The field survey is part of a larger project run through Saint Mary's University, McMaster University, Mount Allison University, and the University of Sheffield which includes the excavation of the Roman imperial estate at San Felice/Vagnari and its associated necropolis.

Period(s) of Occupation: Paleolithic to Early Modern

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Experience preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

Volunteers will be housed in modern apartments,  in the town of Genzano di Lucania. Rental of the apartments will be covered by the project, but volunteers will have to contribute to the costs of their meals. Genzano di Lucania is a lovely hilltop village in the province of Potenza, region of Basilicata, with a view of the Basentello and Bradano River Valleys, as well as the Apennines to the west.

$300 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Dr. Myles McCallum
923 Robie Street
Nova Scotia
Recommended Bibliography: 

vanderLeest, J. and Myles McCallum (2013) "San Felice and the Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project, July-August 2012," Papers of the British School at Rome, 81: 374-378

McCallum, Myles and J. vanderLeest. (2012) “Excavations at San Felice, July – August, 2011,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 80: 376 – 378

McCallum, Myles, J. vanderLeest, et al (2011) "The Roman Villa at San Felice: Investigations, 2004 - 2010," Mouseion, Series III, Vol. 11:  25-108

Myles McCallum and J. vanderLeest. (2010) “Excavations at San Felice, June – July 2009,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 78: 334-336