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Location: Via Monte Bonifato, 91011 Alcamo TP, Italy
Season: May 24, 2020 to June 27, 2020
Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, University of North Georgia, Metropolitan State University Denver
Dr. William M. Balco, Dr. Michael J. Kolb
The Alcamo Archaeological Project is a multidisciplinary research project investigating Iron Age to medieval (c. 9th c. BCE to 15th c. CE) occupation and land use around the city of Alcamo in western Sicily. This area was home to temporally and culturally diverse populations for more than two millennia. The archaeological survey and excavation project explores the development and growth of the Iron Age and medieval settlements around Alcamo, focusing on sites at Monte Bonifato and Calatubo. This project uses hands-on experiential learning methods, combining regional and site-specific surveys with stratigraphic excavation and laboratory analysis to understand Sicily’s ancient past and train future archaeologists. The 2019 field season will focus on excavating tombs and exploratory trenches in the territory of Alcamo. Come join the Alcamo Archaeological Project and contribute to better understanding western Sicily’s complex archaeological record!
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age- Medieval Period
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this program.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will be housed in an apartment complex in the city of Balestrate. Students will complete assigned, daily chores in order to keep the apartments clean. The project will transport all students to and from the site daily, as well as to local grocery stores and shops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Saturday. Students will make and pack their lunch Monday through Friday. Dinners will be provided Monday through Friday at Ristorante Corallo, located on the ground level of the apartment building. Dinner on Saturday, and all Sunday meals are not provided. Vegetarian, gluten-free, or any other special dietary requests will be accommodated. The water in the apartment is potable; however, bottled water will be provided to all project participants. All students are expected to be respectful to apartment and restaurant staff at all times.
8 Semester Credits credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,710.
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