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Poggio Colla Archaeological Conservation Program

Location: Tuscany, Italy

June 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2013

Program Type

Field school


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

Project Director:

P. Gregory Warden,Franklin College (Switzerland) and Michael L.Thomas, 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.

The Poggio Colla Conservation program is designed to allow a limited number of students to gain valuable experience in the field of archaeological conservation. These students will split their time between excavation and the conservation lab. In the lab they will work closely with a professional conservator learning the basics of conservation theory and practice.  

Information and application form are available on our website.


To Apply:

Period(s) of Occupation: Eighth through 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 credit, lodging, meals (Monday-Friday), and local commute. This price does not include travel to and from Italy and weekend meals.

Three hours $4,700;

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Southern Methodist University
Number of credits offered 3 hours
Included in total cost


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