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The Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project

Location: Murlo, Siena, Italy

June 20, 2012 to July 27, 2012

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Flyer: pc2012.pdf

Program Type

Field school


The University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Project Director:

Anthony Tuck, UMass Amherst

Project Description

The Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project is among the oldest and best known field schools in the world. Our program provides students the opportunity to excavate at the site under the direction of a staff of professional archaeologists, conservators, illustrators, and photographers. Participants receive training in all aspects of field work, including excavation and data collection, archaeological survey and drawing, objects conservation, illustration, photography, and cataloguing.

At Poggio Civitate, we believe that the best field experience is comprehensive. Students are encouraged to work directly with directors of excavation units, follow artifacts from discovery through conservation and into cataloguing. Most of our Participants come with no field work experience – many have never even taken an archaeology or classics course –and by the end of the season, we believe, each comes away with a foundation in Etruscan Archaeology and field methods, as well as an appreciation for Italy and rural Italian culture.

The 2012 field season will focus excavation on an area of the hill recently discovered to preserve remains of the sixth century B.C. archaic complex, as well as to explore other areas for traces of non-elite architecture. Work is conducted Monday - Friday, with the weekends free to explore Tuscany and further afield  in Italy.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre Roman, Etruscan, Archaic, Orientalizing

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None Required

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants are housed in a building of the Albergo di Murlo, a local hotel run by the honorable Rubegni family, in double to quad rooms. All meals are provided Monday - Friday, and are prepared by the excavation chef. A pool is available for a supplement.
Cost: $4,400 for Season

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
UMass Amherst
Number of credits offered 6
Included in Program Costs


Contact Information
Jason Bauer
378 Third Avenue PHB
New York