Location: Torano di Borgorose, Rieti, Italy
This is the ninth season of excavation at the San Martino site in Torano di Borgorose, Italy. The site's archaeological sequence runs from the prehistoric period up to the present day, with archaeological material from every time period in between, including evidence from the Chalcolithic period, a polygonal wall that may be part of a pre-Roman structure, extensive remains of a Roman villa, and a medieval church. The site stands to offer important data about: (1) settlement characteristics in the Chalcolithic period, as no other habitation site from this period has been found in the vicinity; (2) the dating, use and significance of polygonal masonry terracing, a type of ancient architectural feature widely present in central Italy, but rarely studied on the basis on excavation data; (3) the nature of the production and trade of pottery in the area in the late antique period; and (4) the dating of ancient earthquakes and other environmental events in the region.
Work at the site in 2016 and subsequent years will be carried out with the goals of: increasing our understanding of the earliest phases of the site, uncovering a larger expanse of the villa, completing excavation of the late antique strata at the site in order to reach the Roman republican and imperial levels, and conducting further geophysical testing to locate other areas of archaeological interest at the site. On-site training is supplemented with regular class meetings and field-trips to museums and archaeological sites in Rome, Sulmona, Alba Fucens, Avezzano, and Rieti.
Further details about the program can be found on the San Martino Archaeological Field School Website. Applications can be submitted through the program's online application system or with a paper form.
Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric, Roman, Late Antique
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
Room and Board Arrangements
Participants live in the town of Torano di Borgorose in hostel-style accommodations, with cots for three to six people in each room and shared bathrooms and showers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the week and on some weekend days. Breakfast is self-service, with cereal, milk, fruit, cookies, coffee, and tea available. Lunch is taken picnic-style at the site. Dinner is either a hot meal prepared by a local cook for our group or a meal prepared in a local restaurant. Participants also have access to and are welcome to use the kitchen on their own.