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Poggio Colla Field School

Location: Tuscany, Italy

June 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Program Type

Field school


Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, Franklin and Marshall College

Project Director:

Greg Warden (Franklin College, Switzerland) and Michael Thomas (The University Of Texas at Austin)

Project Description

The Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Poggio Colla Field School center on the excavation of Poggio Colla, an Etruscan settlement site in the Mugello near the modern town of Vicchio, about twenty miles northeast of Florence, Italy. The site preserves the remains of an Etruscan sanctuary and its surrounding settlement occupied from the eighth to second centuries B.C.E. Field school participants excavate up to four days per week, with the rest of the time spent conducting research and working in the lab. Students will receive training in Etruscan archaeology as well as in the theoretical and practical aspects of fieldwork from a professional staff that includes archaeologists, an architect, an illustrator, a surveyor, and a conservator. Students conduct research projects that replicate the methodologies of archaeological documentation and explication found in archaeological site publication. Much of the training takes place in the field or in the lab; however, lectures by the staff as well as by visiting scholars supplement on-site learning. The site's proximity to Florence allows for week-end visits to major museums and archaeological sites.


To Apply:

Period(s) of Occupation: Eighth to second Centuries B.C.E.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: full term

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Students and staff are housed in several farm houses near the town of Vicchio. The program cost includes 3 hours of credit, lodging, meals (Monday-Friday), and local commute. This price does not include travel to and from Italy and weekend meals.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Southern Methodist University
Number of credits offered 3


Contact Information
Michael Thomas
The University of Texas at Austin, 2301 San Jacinto Blvd., Stop D1300
Recommended Bibliography: 

M. L. Thomas, "One Hundred Victoriati from the Sanctuary at Poggio Colla (Vicchio di Mugello): Ritual Contexts and Roman Expansion." Etruscab Studies 15.1 (2012) 19-93.
P.G. Warden, “The Temple is a Living Thing: Fragmentation, Enchainment, and the Reversal of Ritual at the Acropolis Sanctuary of Poggio Colla.” In The Archaeology of Sanctuaries and Ritual in Etruria, edited by Nancy de Grummond, chapter 4, 55-67. Supplementary volume to the Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2010.
Gretchen Meyers, Lauren M. Jackson, and Jess Galloway, “The Production and Usage of non-decorated Etruscan roof-tiles, based on a case study from Poggio Colla.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010) 303-319.
Van der Graaff I., Vander Poppen R., and Nales T., "The advantages and limitations of coring survey: An initial assessment of the Poggio Colla Coring Project" in TRAC 2009: Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, edited by Alison Moore, Geoff Taylor, Emily Harris, Peter Girdwood and Lucy Shipley(Oxford 2010)
Warden, P.G., M.L. Thomas, A. Steiner, and G. Meyers. 2005. "The Etruscan Settlement of Poggio Colla (1998-2004 excavations)." Journal of Roman Archaeology 18: 252-266.