San Martino Archaeological Field School


Location: Torano di Borgorose, Rieti, Italy

Season: 
July 10, 2015 to August 10, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 20, 2015

Flyer: rochester_san_martino_archaeology_in_italy_2015.pdf

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

University of Rochester

Project Director:

Elizabeth Colantoni, University of Rochester

Project Description

This is the eighth 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 2015 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.

Applications received before 1 March will be accepted on a rolling basis.  In other words, if you are interested in early admission to the program, please submit your application before 1 March 2015. Applications can be submitted through the program's online application system or with a paper form.

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric, Roman, Late Antique

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
None

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.

Cost: 
Projected cost: $4,400. This cost includes: two nights in a hotel in Rome, transportation within Italy, room and board as described above, museum admission fees, and tuition for 6 credit hours from the University of Rochester. It does not include the cost of airfare or course textbooks.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Rochester
Number of credits offered 6 credit hours
Tuition: 
Included in the program cost

Location

Contact Information
Elizabeth Colantoni
Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester, Box 270074
Rochester
NY
USA
14627-0074
Telephone: 
585-275-9360
Recommended Bibliography: 
  • E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, M.R. Lucidi, J.A. Stevens, F. Tommasi, 2015, La ceramica dai contesti tardo antichi di San Martino di Torano (Borgorose RI), in Le forme della crisi. Produzioni ceramiche e commerce nell’Italia central tra Romani e Longobardi (III-VIII sec. d.C.), Atti del Convegno (Spoleto-Campello sul Clitunno, 5-7 Ottobre 2012), edited by E. Cirelli, F. Diosono and H. Patterson, Ante Quem, Bologna, pp. 493-498.
  • E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, A. D’Eredità, M.R. Lucidi, 2012, Materiali ceramici di età romana e tardo-antica dall’area archeologica di San Martino a Torano di Borgorose (Rieti), in Lazio e Sabina 8: 181-186.
  • E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, M. R. Lucidi, 2011, Testimonianze di età preistorica, romana e medievale dall'area archeologica di San Martino a Torano (Borgorose, Rieti): le campagne di scavo 2008-2009, in Lazio e Sabina 7: 157-163.
  • E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, K.J. McDonnell, 2009, Indagini archeologiche presso la chiesa di San Martino a Torano, in Lazio e Sabina 5: 133-139.

See also:

http://www.fastionline.org/micro_view.php?fst_cd=AIAC_2982&curcol=main_column

http://rochester.academia.edu/ElizabethColantoni