Field School Montaione in Archaeology, Survey and Material Culture

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Location: Montaione, Italy

Season: July 1, 2024 to July 27, 2024

Session Dates: 07/01/2024 - 07/27/2024

Application Deadline: May 20, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Research and Learning in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Project Director:
Antonio Alberti

Project Description:

Field School in Montaione in Archaeology, Survey and Material Culture is a program offered by the Municipality of Montaione (Florence) in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Archaeological Association of the Val D’Elsa Fiorentina and Associazione Culturale Cetra, powered by IRLAB aimed at training students in archaeological, anthropological, historic and topographic methods and topics. It is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain knowledge in stratigraphy investigation from an immersive field course in the thermae area of a wider rural complex belonging to the Roman Republic.

The school is designed to provide all attendees with an advanced knowledge of applied stratigraphy method, topographic surveys and analysis, GIS and photogrammetry, material culture and the study of the relationships between the site and the not yet discovered village it belonged to.

Students will gain experiential skills in on-site recordkeeping, documentation, and laboratory practice, including data management and the interpretation of archaeological evidence. Students can expect to participate in weekly lectures and labs will several experts, as well as take visits to local museums and sites with Montaione staff.

Period(s) of Occupation: 1st - 5th Century CE Roman Thermae Complex

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 Weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: The Summer School has no formal prerequisites; students will be fully trained for all the activities they experience. Students interested in applying to the Summer School must fill out and submit the online Application Form. Application Deadline: Extended to May 20, 2024.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Housing Housing is provided in an old countryside farm that has been converted into a hostel for relaxing tourist holidays. Students will sleep in dorm-style rooms of 2, 4, 6, or 8. The hostel has a swimming pool, which students may use after excavation. The excavation site is a 10 minute walk away. Meals Participants in the Summer School will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. Weekends Students are encouraged to explore the neighboring towns and cities, though they are welcome to stay at the hostel. The center of Montaione is about a 30 minute walk away from the accommodation. From there students may catch buses to cities, though we also plan to have some local trips curated by our local archaeologists during the week.

Academic Credit:
At the end of the program every participant will be provided with: A Certificate of attendance from the Sistema Museale della Val D'Elsa Fiorentina A Certificate of attendance from IRLAB Although run independently of a specific university, participants may obtain academic credit for their participation in the program through independent study. We have a decade of experience working with students, their advisors, and administrative staff to develop customized independent study plans. If you are interested in obtaining academic credits, please indicate your preference in your application. If you would like to obtain academic credits for the program, please consult with your advisors regarding the option to enroll in independent studies or an equivalent course at your university and having your advisor assign a grade based on our evaluation of your performance (as well as any additional requirements they may deem appropriate). If your advisor agrees to this arrangement, at the end of the program, IRLAB will send them a written evaluation and grade recommendation.

Contact Information:

Jaidee Easley

50050 Montaione, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy



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