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Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae

Location: San Gemini, Perugia, Italy

June 8, 2014 to July 19, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 31, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school



Valdosta State University

Project Director:

Jane K. Whitehead, Valdosta State University

Project Description

The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente for Umbria, Umberto Ciotti, from the 1950s to the 1970s.  He uncovered a number of its public buildings including the forum, amphitheatre and theatre and transformed the entire area into an archaeological park.  In 2004, our team, under the direction of Jane K. Whitehead and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria commenced a longterm project to re-excavate the baths, which are located just south of the city limits and were left exposed after Ciotti’s excavation 40 years earlier.
In 2011, we received grants from Italian sources, in particular the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico, which enabled us to construct a roof over the remains of the baths.  Because it affords greater protection from the elements, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons we were able to open up areas that were more fragile, thus further exposing the structure. 
We plan to dedicate our 2014 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof as well as the region immediately to the east, where in recent years we have uncovered more rooms.   We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza on a plan for the conservation of the bath building.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman

Excavation, architectural conservation and reconstruction, pottery typology, archaeological recording, drafting, surveying

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The excavation team stays in the walled Umbrian hill town of San Gemini at the historic hotel, the Albergo Duomo, a former palazzo that served as a summer residence in the 18th century.  Each room holds three to four people with private bath and air conditioning.  Free wireless is available in the hotel's public rooms.  We eat our meals family style in the elegant dining room of the hotel.


$900 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Professor Jane K. Whitehead
MCL Dept, Valdosta State University
Recommended Bibliography: 

Whitehead, Jane K, Excavation Reports 2005 - 2013, available in the "Links" section of the excavation website

Morigi, Alessia, Carsulae: topografia e monumenti, Atlante tematico di topografia antica, III Supplemento, 1997, Rome
Bruschetti, Paolo, Carsulae, 1995, Rome
Ciotti, Umberto, San Gemini e Carsulae, Nov-80, 1976, Rome