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Location: Tuscania, IT
Season: July 4, 2019 to August 1, 2019
Application Deadline: May 15, 2019
Deadline Type: Rolling
Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici and the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (CAMNES)
Dr. Stefano Giuntoli
Discover the Etruscan “Cities of the Dead” by excavating 2200-year-old Etruscan tombs!
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici and CAMNES run a four-week (6 credits) intensive Archaeology Field School under the direction of a team of professional archaeologists.
Students play an active role in the excavation of the Etruscan necropolis (city 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.
LdM started to investigate two newly discovered “cities of the dead”, Pian delle Rusciare and Podere Pratino in 2005, with the recent support of CAMNES. Both necropolises are from the 3rd-2nd century BC and have ipogeum (underground) tombs, and are situated near Tuscania, a historic hilltop town located on the border of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma.
In the first part of the course, participants take classes that introduce them to the civilization of the ancient Etruscans as well as to basic archaeological theory and practice. Students also visit a number of local Etruscan sites and have field trips to some world famous Etruscan sites, such as Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Tuscania, and the Archaeology Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome. During the final three weeks of the course students participate in the excavation of important Etruscan burial sites.
Period(s) of Occupation: Excavating an Etruscan Necropolis (City of the Dead) of the III-II cent. BCE
Project Size: 1-24 participants
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:
Students will stay in a local B&B, double room with private bathroom, with a weekday breakfast at the B&B or at a café. Cost:
6 credits. credits offered by 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. . Tuition is Please contact LdM Academic Relations + Student Services at 512-328-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. .
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