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Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae

Location: San Gemini, Perugia, Italy

June 12, 2016 to July 23, 2016

Session dates: 
Session I: June 12 - July 2, 2016 Session II: July 3 - 23, 2016 Sessions I & II: June 12 - July 23, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

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 long term 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 2016 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof.  We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza on a comprehensive 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

We stay at the Albergo Duomo, three or four people to a room, in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae.  All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless.  Our meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel. 


$950.00 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Professor Jane K. Whitehead, Professor Emerita, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Valdosta State University
Recommended Bibliography: 

Whitehead, Jane K, Excavation Reports 2005 - 2015, 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