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Location: HH5V+98 Montescaglioso, Province of Matera, Italy

Season: May 22, 2022 to June 19, 2022

Session Dates: May 22-June 19, 2022

Application Deadline: April 9, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Center for Field Sciences, University of Michigan, University of Rennes 2 (France)

Project Director:
Prof. Mario Denti and Dr. Giulia Santini Semerari

Project Description:

Incoronata is located in southern Italy, near the coast of the Gulf of Taranto (the ‘arch’ of the boot), in today’s Basilicata region. The site is distributed across a vast plateau overlooking the valley where the river Basento flows. In the 7th century BC its prominence likely served to attract travelers from the Aegean, who settled alongside the local community during the earliest phase of the Greek colonization, arguably the most consequential migration event of the ancient Mediterranean. The site offers a superb opportunity to investigate the development of an Early Iron Age Italic community and the culture contact dynamics they established with Greek newcomers at the outset of this historical watershed.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze and Iron Age (10-6 centuries BCE)

Tuition: $4,437. Tuition covers full cost of instruction, room & board, transportation while in the program and 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). Credit units are awarded through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of program

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: There are no knowledge prerequisites to participate in the field school. All the necessary information will be provided in the introductory lectures and through hands-on learning during fieldwork. Students should, however, be prepared to withstand physical work in the sun (and wind) for several hours every day. According to the rules of the Italian Soprintendenza (heritage authority), every participant must provide us with a letter from their primary care physician confirming that their health is such that they can withstand these conditions. The certificate should also confirm they have had an obligatory tetanus vaccination or up-to-date booster.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Throughout the whole duration of the field school we will be staying at the agriturismo (farm-hotel) Fontanalapietra, located in the valley of the Basento river. Three or four students normally share a room with en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms are basic but comfortable. The agriturismo has a restaurant that will provides us with excellent, locally-sourced food for dinner. The cook can prepare vegetarian or gluten-free diets, but please note that more specific (e.g. vegan or religion-based) dietary requirements can unfortunately not be accommodated.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credits Units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University

Contact Information:

Dr. Giulia Santini Semerari

Los Angeles

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