Location: Populonia, Livorno, Italy
Populonia, located in the region of Italy once known as Etruria, was one of the most important Etruscan cities, the only one overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was for centuries one of the most flourishing centres of iron smelting and trade in the whole of Mediterranean.
Populonia is composed by a lower city, an area centred on the port and on the metallurgical activities (located outside the city walls), and an upper city, the Acropolis, with the houses and the temples, on the summit of the promontory. In the lower city are the monumental tombs (tumuli and aedicule-shaped) of the San Cerbone necropolis (seventh-fourth centuries B.C.E.).
The purpose of the research is to investigate a portion of the lower city still intact, where it have been identified traces of an early Roman building for iron smelting activity and, underneath, a portion of the Etruscan necropolis.
Period(s) of Occupation: From Etruscan (7th century B.C.E.) to Roman Age (1st century C.E.)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
During this four-week program, students will stay in apartments (3-5 students per apartment) at 1 of 2 area four star resorts: Resort Poggio all'Agnello or Villaggio Orizzonte. These beautiful resorts with swimming pools are in close proximity to the beach and have cooking facilities available for students.
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