Location: Genzano di Lucania, Italy
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
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.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
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Myles McCallum and J. vanderLeest. (2010) “Excavations at San Felice, June – July 2009,” Papers of the British School at Rome, 78: 334-336