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Marsiliana D’albegna Project (Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy) V International Archaeological Research Campaign

Location: Marsiliana d'Albegna (MANCIANO, GROSSETO), Grosseto, Italy

August 25, 2013 to October 20, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Superintendent of Cultural Heritage in Tuscany, University of Siena, and Etruria Nova Onlus

Project Director:

Prof. Andrea Zifferero

Project Description

The Association Etruria Nova, under the technical direction of the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage in Tuscany and in collaboration with the University of Siena and the Town Council of Manciano, presents the Fifth International Archaeological Research Campaign

Since 2002, the Project has contributed to the rediscovery of this important Proto-historic and Etruscan site, already known for its rich and large necropolis brought to light by Prince Corsini at the beginning of the 1900s. The Project has defined the settlement system of ager caletranus. Survey in the Poggio del Castello has identified a site, dating to the Final Bronze Age. After the gap during the Iron Age, the site was occupied by a settlement linked to the necropoli of Banditella, Perazzeta and Macchiabuia. The discovery of dwellings on top of the hills located south-east of Poggio del Castello suggests that the settlement of Marsiliana progressively extended. After an early appropriation of the ager, evidenced by the diffusion of several orientalising mounds, the forming of settlement sites took place and led to a dense settlement pattern, whose characteristics resemble those of urban centres. Such a settlement pattern fostered the development of rural settlements in the lower Albegna Valley and commercial exchanges promoted by the nearby centre of Doganella.

During the 2013 season excavation of the necropolis of Macchiabuia will continue. The tombs are “fossa graves” and include inhumations and cremations. The grave goods include impasto ceramics, fine ceramics, metal army and jewellery.  Excavation will also continue in the “Casa delle Anfore”, a peripheral residence with central atrium and at least seven rooms dated between the last quarter of the 6th – end of the 5th century BC. Four credits are offered by the University of Siena.

Period(s) of Occupation: Etruscan

New Light on an Etruscan Settlement: Marsiliana d'Albegna

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

• Accommodation courtesy of “La Speranza” holiday farm house in Marsiliana d’Albegna (, in apartments with 4 or 5 beds, kitchen and bathroom with shower, also bed linen and towels. Single occupancy may be possible, on payment of a surcharge, dependent on availability. Swimming pool for use by participants.
• Provision for breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners are made in their apartments by participants, comprising fresh and tinned foods, provided by the organization.
• Transfer by car/minibus between the accommodation and Albinia (Orbetello) railway station at fixed hours; transport to the excavation sites and on excursions.
• Insurance cover for the duration of the campaign, included in subscription to the Etruria Nova Association.
• Certificate on successful completion.
NOT included:
• Tickets for entrance to museums and archaeological sites on excursions.
• Extra services at the holiday farm (tennis, table football, sauna, laundry, and air conditioning in the apartments).
• Any further services not specifically included above. 

270 for week

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Siena
Number of credits offered 5


Contact Information
Elena Santoro
Vicolo Sant'Agostino
Recommended Bibliography: 


D.Calamandrei et al., “Etruschi nelle terre del principe”, in Archeo, 26, 2010, n.5, pp. 65-68.

D.Calamandrei et al., “Aristocrazie etrusche. Nuove scoperte a Marsiliana d’Albegna”, in Terre del Vino, Giugno 2010, pp. 34-43.

D.Calamandrei et al., “Circoli con camera ipogea e calatoia a Marsiliana d’Albegna. Prime ipotesi di ricostruzione”, in Materiali per Populonia, c.s.

A.Camilli et al., “Nuove ricerche a Marsiliana d’Albegna: l’esplorazione archeologica della Tenuta Corsini”, in Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, 2, 2007, pp. 350-361.

A.Camilli et al., “Nuove ricerche a Marsiliana d’Albegna: lo scavo in località Piani di Perazzeta”, in Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, 2, 2007, pp. 362-370.

A.Camilli et al., “Evoluzione e caratteri del paesaggio protostorico  d etrusco a Marsiliana d’Albegna (Manciano, GR)”, in N.Negroni Catacchio (a cura di), Paesaggi reali e paesaggi mentali. Ricerche e scavi, Preistoria e protostoria in Etruria, Atti dell’VIII Incontro di studi (Valentano-Pitigliano 2006), Milano 2008, pp. 195-210.

A.Camilli et al., “Manciano (GR). Marsiliana d’Albegna: nuovi dati dall’abitato e dal suburbio”, in Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, 4, 2008, pp. 352-376.

A.Camilli et al., “Il Progetto Marsiliana d’Albegna: i caratteri del paesaggio etrusco in Maremma”, in A.Ciacci, A. Zifferero (a cura di), Archeologia della produzione e dei sapori. Nuovi percorsi di ricerca in Etruria, Siena 2009, pp. 145-154.

N.Humphrey, J.Kacorzyk, S.Pallecchi, E.Santoro, Life and Death of an Etruscan Settlement, in: 4 Aprile 2011.

A.Minto, Marsiliana d’Albegna. Le scoperte archeologiche del principe don Tommaso Corsini, Firenze 1921. S.Pallecchi, “Le tombe a circolo sul Poggio di Macchiabuia”, in M.Firmati, P.Rendini, A.Zifferero (a cura di), La valle del vino etrusco. Archeologia della valle dell’Albegna in età arcaica, Grosseto 2011, pp. 87-93.

A.Pecci et al., “Marsiliana d’Albegna: nuovi dati dall’area suburbana”, in Materiali per Populonia, c.s.

G.Pieragnoli et al., “Il Progetto Marsiliana d’Albegna: una presunta fornace etrusca di anfore da trasporto”, in A.Ciacci, A.Zifferero (a cura di), Archeologia della produzione e dei sapori. Nuovi percorsi di ricerca in Etruria, Siena 2009, pp.155-160.

A.Zifferero, “Marsiliana d’Albegna (Manciano, GR): cento anni di ricerche archeologiche”, in F.Ghizzani Marcìa, C.Megale (a cura di), Materiali per Populonia, 8, 2009, pp. 223-246.

A.Zifferero et al., “Un sito artigianale con anfore da trasporto Py 3B a Marsiliana d’Albegna (Manciano, GR), in Officina di Etruscologia, 1, 2009, pp. 101-128.