2024 Italy Pompeii Funerary Project

Location: Via Fondo D'Orto, 7, 80053 Castellammare di Stabia NA, Italy

Season: July 7, 2024 to August 3, 2024

Session Dates: Single session

Application Deadline: April 6, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: No

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Universidad Europea Valencia (Spain), Center for Field Sciences (US)

Project Director:
Dr. Llorenç Alapont Martin, Professor of Physical and Forensic Anthropology, Universidad Europea Valencia

Project Description:

During the 1990’s, the Italian Government wanted to expand the rail system and initiated archaeological study along the planned rail tracks. By 1998, excavators discovered that a very large Roman cemetery lay just under the planned rail expansion. The entire project was discarded, and the area was left half exposed, deteriorating by the elements.

The site’s rapid deterioration and important significance for the understanding of ancient Pompeii motivated us to begin extensive excavation at the area in 2017. The Porta Sarno Necropolis project is now in its seventh season. The study of Porta Sarno Necropolis project offers an exceptional opportunity to investigate Roman society and its unique views of life and the afterlife. The study of the necropolis monuments, tombs, roads, walls, material culture and biological remains provide for contextual and careful understanding of how the funerary space was managed by the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii. Given the extensive excavations elsewhere at Pompeii, we can study how the necropolis evolved in relation to urbanism, legislation, religion, and the history of the city.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period

Tuition: $4,650. Tuition covers full cost of instruction, room & board, transportation while in the program and 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). Credit units are awarded through our School of Record – Culver Stockton College.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of program

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: None. This is hands-on, experiential learning and students will study on-site how to conduct archaeological research. Field work involves physical work and exposure to the elements and thus requires a measure of understanding that this will not be the typical university learning environment. You will have to work outdoors and will get sweaty and tired. Students are required to come equipped with sufficient excitement and adequate understanding that field work requires real, hard work, in the sun and wind. The work requires patience, discipline, and attention to detail.

Room and Board Arrangements:
All participants will be staying at Costantino apartments. Rooms are single gender and shared 3 to 4 people. The accommodation has an internet connection, swimming pool and other facilities. The project will provide breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner throughout the week, with the exception of the snack and lunch on the trip day (normally Saturday) and free day (normally Sunday). Please let us know of any dietary restrictions (vegetarian/vegan) so that we may inform the restaurant in advance Lunch: Lunch will be brought to the dig, consisting of a variety of good local hot and cold sandwiches, a personal bottle of fresh water and fruit. Dinner: This will be provided at a local restaurant. Dinner is provided for by the project. Meals include a starter, main course, dessert, wine and water.

Academic Credit:
8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). Credit units are awarded through our School of Record – ICulver Stockton College.

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