Location: Sovana di Sorano, Grosseto, Italy
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NEW DEADLINE for application: June, 30
The evolution of an Etruscan villa through centuries: from the early Roman period to the Langobard occupation, up to the rural settlement of modern era. At present, the history of the site is quite clear in outlines: on an Etruscan villa, at least three phases of a Roman villa, a Langobard grave field and a modern farm follow each other. The excavations are carried on thanks to Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, “la Biagiola vitivinicola”, Kaustic Plastik and the municipality of Sorano.
Now we are ready to complete the excavation of the site'’s first sector and to convert it into an archaeological park. In 2014 we intend to open a Summer School for foreign students in archaeology, who wish to experience an archaeological excavation in Italy.
A little history
The territory of Sovana has been inhabited since Prehistory. Today the area is well known for its Etruscan necropolis, medieval castles and churches. Archaeological researches, however, continue revealing new treasures and new interesting aspects of human settlement through centuries. For example, it is well known that Romanization phenomena in the area took place between the 3rd and the 2nd century BC, but little is yet known about the Roman settlement in the countryside. Undoubtedly during the 6th and 7th c. AD here was the awkward boundary between the Byzantine and Langobard lands, but archaeological evidences from this period are very scarce.
Indeed, the peculiarity of the site lies in its multilayer stratification: a Roman villa grew over a late Etruscan settlement; afterwards, the Roman facilities were re-used by a Langobard group during the early middle Ages, when the site was turned into a cemetery. Those graves, that have already been excavated, contained precious and interesting goods. Finally, the villa was largely abandoned up to the present time: only a building survived over the centuries, transformed into a shed.
Thought the walls and the tombs are just partially preserved, they can supply a lot of archaeological information. When the research will be ended and the site turned into an archaeological park, “la Biagiola” will become one more attraction in the already rich cultural landscape of Sovana.
Since 2012 the site has represented the core of research and promotion activities carried on by archaeologists, coordinated by the association "Cultura e Territorio" under the supervision of the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany (SBAT).
The aims of the 2014 Campaign are:
Students will practice in each sector, led by one or two archaeologists of the staff. The excavations will be a training experience participants will be intensely concerned in. The trainees will be guided through this new adventure, by a team of skillful archaeologists: they will be able to explain clearly every aspect of the research process.
Laboratories will run in parallel to field activities, involving small groups of students at a time under the supervision of a staff instructor. Drawing, pottery, total station, G.I.S. and open source archaeological record labs will be certainly provided. In addition, depending on the needs of the field research, the laboratories will focus also on other topics, such as Archaeology of standing buildings, metal find preservation and anthropological analysis.
Lectures will be focused on local history and on the archaeological method and theory. They will take place in the afternoon, interposed to cultural trips.
Cultural excursions and leisure
Since the site is located in the middle of a rich archaeological area, several cultural excursions in the surroundings are planned, such as the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana, the impressive vie cave, Sorano and Pitigliano museums and castles. Not to forget leisure activities: Bolsena Lake, Saturnia baths and the numerous typical festivals will make the experience enjoyable and unforgettable.
Period(s) of Occupation: From early Roman Period to late Middle Ages
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Applicants must stay one whole session.
Room and Board Arrangements
FERRARESE LUPI A., 2011, Località La Biagiola: relazione preliminare di scavo (campagne 2009-2010), in BARBIERI G., Il territorio di Sovana. Un decennio di ricognizioni e indagini archeologiche, pp. 83-92.
TURCHETTI M. A., DICIOTTI F., CORSI J., NEJROTTI L., FERRARESE LUPI A., 2012, Sorano (GR). Indagini archeologiche nel sito della Biagiola: campagna di scavo 2011, in “Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana”, 7.
TURCHETTI M. A., FERRARESE LUPI A., NEJROTTI L. M., Sorano (GR). Indagini archeologiche nel sito della Biagiola: campagna di scavo 2012, in “Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana”, 8. In press.