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Location: 01017 Tuscania, VT, Italy
Season: January 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020
Session Dates: 07/02/2020-07/30/2020
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Deadline Type: Exact Date
A team of professional archaeologists
Students play an active role in the excavation of the Etruscan necropolises, the cities of the dead, near Tuscania. Through field trips and by examining the abundance of materials found in this region, students learn about the lives of the ancient Etruscans from archaeological evidence and literary sources.
This program is an exciting and unique opportunity for a firsthand look at archaeological fieldwork and a new approach in understanding ancient civilizations.
Period(s) of Occupation: The 2020 Field School will take place in a different Necropolis in Tuscania, Sasso Pinzuto, where students will excavate a 6th Century B.C. monumental tomb which appears to be untouched Previous editions of the Field School have taken place in more "recent" necropolises (3rd and 2nd centuries B.C.). Etruscans buried their dead and deposited their belongings when celebrating funerary rituals. Many tombs had been violated over the years; however several have been left intact revealing an incredible number of ancient artifacts.
During the stay participants have the opportunity to visit, together with their instructors, the most important sites of Etruscan interest and the nearby area. Weekends are a perfect chance to explore the countryside and discover the castles, towns and the amazing aspects of this region, including the warm Mediterranean seaside just over 30 minutes away or the Bolsena Lake just 18 minutes away.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No archaeology experience or knowledge of Italian language is required. Field Schools are held in English and require a serious full-time commitment and a five/six days involvement per week including lessons, archaeological activities and visits.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation in a hotel or B&B, double room with private bathroom (triple rooms will be assigned in case of odd student numbers).
6 credits are available for the Field School. Students enrolling through LdM have the option to receive either the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici transcript or the Marist College US transcript for their coursework/transfer of credit. Non-credit enrollment is also an option for attendees.
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