Monte Falcone Archaeology Field School 2019

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Location: Baucina , PA, IT

Season: August 5, 2019 to August 31, 2019

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

Deadline Type: Exact date


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

"Genesis Ciminna" with Univeristy of Palermo, Archaeology Department and the Soprintendenza di Palermo (Regional Archaeology Department).

Project Director:
Prof. Oscar Belvedere and Prof. Aurelio Burgio

Project Description:

The NECROPOLIS of Monte Falcone is located 40km south-east of Palermo and about a mile away from the town of Baucina (PA). Archaeological excavations carried out in 1991 by the Soprintendenza of Palermo (regional archaeology department) brought to light a Sican settlement (a local indigenous population) dated to the Archaic and Classical age, 6th- 5th century BC. It consists of two hills connected by a plateau with steep sides where the necropolis is. It mainly consists of rock cut tombs, with multiple burials but there are also single burials in kalypteres and enchytrismòs, inhumations within large terracotta jars. Many burials had already been looted before the archaeological investigation started years ago. As a matter of fact, the aim of this excavation is to save the burials from looting, still ongoing. It is a site located on the borders where Sicans, Greeks and Phoenicians met, sharing their lifestyles and beliefs. 

Lately, the University of Palermo has been excavating the site bringing to light several burials and setting up the small but beautiful archaeological museum in Baucina.

You will experience the thrill of digging a necropolis, of opening burials that have been closed for over two thousand years. You will be part of a team that will dig, record and classify the grave goods. You will have the opportunity to improve your digging skills and learn how to draw pottery and upload all the evidence on an archaeological database for further studies. The pottery you will encounter will be mainly Sican ware and imported and locally produced Greek pottery. Afternoon classes will be on Sican, Greek and Phoenician pottery. The aim is to give you the opportunity to dig a burial and carry out all the procedures from records to the display of the grave goods in the local Museum. Field Survey is also included in the programme.

The directors of the excavation are Prof. Oscar Belvedere and Aurelio Burgio, University of Palermo, while Andrea Masi is responsible for the Field School.

The positions available are 15. Beginners and unexperienced are welcome as well as students who want to improve their digging skills or increase their knowledge about Sicilian archaeology. Participants will be involved in all the activities of the excavation from digging to washing pottery, cataloguing and pottery drawing. Classes on Indigenous, Greek and Punic pottery. Training on site and in lab GPS, GIS and CAD.

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic - Classical Age. 6th-5th century BC.

Indigenous - hellenized site with a vast Necropolis.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Beginners with no experience are welcome.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Sharing room with one other person in a Villa with swimming pool confiscated from the Mafia, including breakfast, lunch (on the field sandwiches), and dinner at local restaurant. Saturday evening Pizza in a local Pizzeria. Sundays included if staying at Villa in Baucina. Cost: € 3.000,00 (Three thousand euros) (4 weeks)

Academic Credit:
6 credits credits offered by University of Palermo - Archaeology Department. Tuition is Learn as you go. Work experience. Afternoon classes..

Contact Information:

Andrea Masi

Via Fortunato Fedele , n. 15





Phone: 3394409377

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