Italy: Industria Excavation (IFR)

Location: Monteu da Po, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Session Dates: Aug. 11-Sept. 7, 2024

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research (IFR), Politecnico di Torino, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, University of Newcastle, UK

Project Director:
Prof. Willeke Wendrich & Dr. David Walsh

Project Description:

The project Comunità antiche e moderne di Industria (CAMI), Ancient and Modern Communities of Industria, is a community-based archaeological project in Piedmont, Northern Italy, at a Roman settlement that was founded in the second century BCE, near to an earlier Celtic Ligurian settlement with the name Bodincomagus. The nearby present-day village of Monteu da Po is approximately 30 km from the regional capital Turin. The site of Industria has a long excavation history and is well-known for the discovery of bronzes and the excavated remains of a temple to the originally Egyptian gods Serapis and Isis. The ancient name, Industria, refers to metal production, based on ore that was mined and brought down from the Alps. The site is located near the confluence of the Dora Baltea and the river Po, which was the main thoroughfare to transport ore, half products and finished works of art. Students will participate in excavation, finds processing, geophysical survey, experimental archaeology and community focused activities.

Period(s) of Occupation: Celtic, Roman

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students are expected to stay the full length of the program.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
We will be staying in the Agriturismo Casa Matilde. This is a small family-run bed-and-breakfast that also will serve our amazing dinners. You will be staying in shared rooms with at the most six persons to a room. If this causes shower traffic jams in the morning or after work, there are two additional bathrooms in the shower block of the swimming pool. A light breakfast will be served at the agriturismo at 7.30, we leave at 8.30 sharp. At 12:30 there will be a (very) substantial lunch in a local restaurant. Work in the field stops around 5.00 pm. After coming home and washing up (and have a swim if you so choose), there will be a lecture and team meeting at 6.30 pm. During the team meetings we will discuss results and interpretations and you are urged to contribute information and suggestions. Around 8:00 pm we will eat dinner. The family that runs Casa Matilde can accommodate special meal requirements (allergies, vegetarian, vegan, halal), while the lunch restaurants will have much more limited options. Please contact the directors if you have very severe allergies or strict meal requirements to discuss if these can be accommodated or not.

Academic Credit:
8 semester (anticpated-TBC)

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

1855 Industrial Street, Unit 106

Los Angeles



United States

Phone: 4242091173

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