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“La Biagiola” International School of Archaeology (BISA)

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This listing expired on August 31, 2020. Please contact presidente@culturaterritorio.org for any updated information.

Location: 58010 Sovana, Province of Grosseto, Italy

Season: July 20, 2020 to August 23, 2020

Session Dates: From July 20 to August 23, 2020.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling

Website: http://www.culturaterritorio.org

Discount for AIA members: AIA members will get € 100 reduction

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:
No

Affiliation:
Associazione "Cultura e Territorio", Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio (SABAP): di Siena, Grosseto e Arezzo, LA3M – Université d’Aix-Marseille – CNRS

Project Director:
Dr. Luca Mario Nejrotti, Membre Associé at LA3M – Université d’Aix-Marseille – CNRS

Project Description:

A complete program (five weeks) uncovering ancient Etruscan, Roman, and Lombard civilization!

The “la Biagiola” special program for students provides a first-hand experience from the fieldwork activities to the communication to the public.

We provide the exciting opportunity to learn how to study a multi-layered site.

Students will take part in the study of an ancient site in Tuscany, working alongside expert archaeologists and others foreign students.

The school also provides a complete formation in standing building archaeology, survey, and medieval castles studies, and, last but not least, students will be involved in the creation of a popularization documentary.

This program is offered in collaboration with the cultural heritage office of Tuscany, the regional authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments.

In addition to the archaeological experience, participants will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural sites, historic monuments, and natural sites of Tuscany.

Featured disciplines

Anthropology, Archaeology and Museology.

Coursework

Students will experience all aspects of an archaeological career; fieldwork, architectural archaeology, burial archaeology, scientific analysis, physical anthropology, artifact conservation, and cutting-edge open source digital archaeology. Moreover, coursework will explore and focus on the major features of ancient Etruscan, Roman and Early-Medieval cultures. Besides research activities, students will also participate to the creation of both a documentary and a virtual archaeological park.

The site

The evolution of an Etruscan villa through centuries: from the Roman period, to the Lombard occupation, up to a Modern era rural settlement.

“La Biagiola” archaeological site, near Sovana di Sorano (GR), Tuscany, was discovered by the volunteers of Gruppo Archeologico Torinese in 2004, during a survey project led by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana.

After a few sample digs, held from 2008 to 2011, the Association “Cultura e Territorio” (ACT) has been entrusted with the archaeological research.

At present, the history of the site is quite clear in outlines: an Etruscan rural settlement, at least two phases of a Roman villa, a Late Antiquity settlement, a Lombard graveyard and a Modern farm follow each other, sometime destroying previous layers, mostly just overlapping them.

The excavations are carried on thanks to Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, “la Biagiola vitivinicola”, Kaustic Plastik, the municipality of Sorano, and many private donors.

Now we are ready to expand our excavations of the medieval cemetery and to explore the new facilities of the Roman villa that have been located last year but still need to be unearthed.

In 2020, after six successful campaigns, we intend to open again the International School of Archaeology to students from all over the world, who wish to experience archaeological excavations in Italy.

The aims of the 2020 Campaign are:

  • completing the excavations of the Roman baths to uncover the ancient villa plan;
  • continue the exploration of the Lombard cemetery;
  • continue the escavation of the impressive structures, both etruscan and roman, we found last year near the main building.

The program will be beneficial for both Classical and Medieval archaeologists.

In addition, students will be involved in the “la Biagiola virtual archaeological park” creation.

The fieldwork excavations will be a major portion of the training focus for the participants. The trainees will be guided through this new adventure by a team of skillful archaeologists who will be able to explain clearly every aspect of the research process.

Since the site is located in the middle of a rich archaeological area, several cultural excursions in the surroundings are planned, such as the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana, the impressive vie cave, Sorano, Manciano and Pitigliano museums and castles.

Not to forget the various leisure activities that are also included: Bolsena Lake, Saturnia baths and the numerous festivals will make the experience enjoyable and unforgettable.

Period(s) of Occupation: From early Etruscan time to late Middle Ages

Notes:
A complete program (five weeks) uncovering ancient Etruscan, Roman, and Lombard civilization! The “la Biagiola” special program for students provides a first-hand experience from the fieldwork activities to the communication to the public. You'll have the exciting opportunity to learn how to study a multi-layered site. Students will take part in the study of an ancient site in Tuscany, working alongside expert archaeologists and others foreign students. The school also provides a complete formation in standing building archaeology, survey, and medieval castles studies, and, last but not least, students will be involved in the creation of a popularization documentary. This program is offered in collaboration with the cultural heritage office of Tuscany, the regional authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments. In addition to the archaeological experience, participants will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural sites, historic monuments, and natural sites of Tuscany. The School is taking place from July 20 to August 23, 2020.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Applicants must attend the whole shift

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: The 2020 Campaign is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in Archaeology. Admission is limited to 25 students per shift. No prerequisites are requested for the School: students will be adequately trained during the campaign.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Arrival and departure: students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Italy. The Summer School is taking place in the municipality of Sorano (GR), in the south of Tuscany. Accommodations: students and staff will be housed in the typical country house near the archaeological site, in dormitories for 6-8 places each, with communal bathrooms and facilities. The school house address is: Catabbiaccio, 58055 Semproniano GR Meals: lunch and dinner, consisting of typical Italian dishes, will be consumed at the accommodation (International School fee only includes water; all other drinks are not included). Breakfast (consisting of coffee, milk, tea or cappuccino and pastries) will be consumed at the accommodation. On Saturdays no dinner will be provided by staff. On Sunday no lunch will be provided by staff. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with food allergies (nuts, shellfish, etc.); students with food allergies are required to inform the staff of their specific dietary restrictions upon application. We also will try to accommodate individual lifestyles and dietary choices (e.g. vegetarianism) too: student must inform the staff of any special request upon application, no special dietary request after application will be taken in consideration. More info in the brochure and at www.culturaterritorio.org

Academic Credit:
In order to enable students to gain credits from their University, a signed certificate will be issued, testifying all the activities of the Summer School in details. credits offered by Associazione "Cultura e Territorio". The tuition includes both educational and room and board.

Contact Information:


Dr Luca Mario Nejrotti

via Baretti, 25

Turin

Italy

10125

Italy

presidente@culturaterritorio.org

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