Field School in Material Culture Studies

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Reconstructing pottery vessels
Pottery vessel recovered during the excavationsDecoration of a 2nd c. AD lamp
A bronze pan from the excavations

Location: Alberese, Grosseto, Italy

Season Dates: June 16, 2014 - July 13, 2014
Session Dates: June 16 - 29 June, 2014; June 30 - July 13, 2014
Application Deadline: April 27, 2014



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Sheffield (UK) and John Cabot University (IT)

Project Director: Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani and Prof. Inge Lyse Hansen

Project Description

The Material Culture Field School investigates the excavated finds from the Roman river port of Rusellae, in particular the finds from the ateliers of bone-, metal- and glass-artisans active in the workshop complex.

The primary component of the course is training in handling, recording and analysis of artifacts and objects. Subjects covered include the handling, recording, and primary conservation of excavated finds, as well as cataloguing and drawing of individual objects.

Seminars and practical learning projects led by specialist will introduce students to the identification and study of particular materials and objects: ceramics, glass, metal objects, bone, and numismatics material.

This is complemented by studies of excavation methodologies for a nuanced interpretation of archaeological data.

The course is enhanced by visits to other archaeological sites and museums in the area for a contextual appreciation of the artifacts and of museological approaches to archaeological displays.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period, Late Antiquity

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

The laboratories are situated within the breath-taking landscape of the Natural Park of the Maremma, approximately 10 km from the modern city of Grosseto.
Students will be accommodated in shared rooms in well-furnished, comfortable lodgings in the medieval walled city of Grosseto, with easy access to amenities.
The location offers a host of opportunities for independent activities during weekends. You may decide to relax on the near-by beach, explore the natural park, or take a train from Grosseto to visit outstanding cities, like Rome, Siena and Florence.
Fees include tuition, housing and transport to/from site. Board is included during workdays (Monday-Friday) and consists of Italian breakfast, picnic lunch and Italian dinner.

Cost: 4 weeks – €2,100 ($2,900 USD); 2 weeks – €1,300 Euro ($1,700 USD)

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: John Cabot University, Rome - IT
Number of credits offered: 3
Tuition: Material culture studies

Contact Information
Alessandro Sebastiani
Department of Archaeology, Northgate House West Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 3QQ
United Kingdom

Recommended Bibliography

Chirico, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) L’insediamento tardoantica sul promotorio dello
Scoglietto (Alberese, Grosseto – IT). Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 196

Chirico, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) L’occupazione tardoantica del promotorio dello Scoglietto ad Alberese (GR). Acheologia Medievale 37: 333-46.

Chirico, E., Colombini, M., Rubegni, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2011) Relazione preliminare
alla I° campagna di scavi archeologici a Spolverino (Alberese – GR). Prime valutazioni ed ipotesi sul porto romano di cabotaggio a Rusellae. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 232

Cygielman, M., Chirico, E., Colombini, M. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) Dinamiche insediative nel territorio della foce dell'Ombrone. Il porto di Russelae. Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 6: 10-29.

Cygielman, M., Chirico, E., Colombini, M. and Sebastiani, A. (2012) Alberese. Loc. Spolverino, Porto fluviale di Rusellae: indagini 2011. Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 7: 357-61.

Sebastiani, A. (2011) Paesaggio romano della Maremma Grossetana. Forma Urbis April: 19-25.

Sebastiani, A. (2011) Nota su due strutture produttive tardo romane nell'ager Rusellanus: la bottega di un maestro vetraio a Spolverino (Alberese – GR) e l'officina metallurgica a Rusellae (Grosseto). Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 221

Sebastiani, A. (2012) Spolverino (Alberese – GR): relazione alla II campagna di scavi archeologici. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 271 

Sebastiani, A. (2013) Spolverino (Alberese – GR): relazione alla III campagna di scavi archeologici. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 287 

Sebastiani, A., Cygielman, M., Chirico, E. and Colombini, M. (2010) Dinamiche insediative nel territorio della foce dell’Ombrone: nuovi dati agli scavi presso l’area templare dello Scoglietto (Alberese – GR). Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 5: 35-92

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