Necropoli del Vallone di San Lorenzo 2024

Location: Montecchio (TR), IT

Season: July 1, 2024 to July 26, 2024

Session Dates: July 1 - 26, 2024 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Università degli Studi di Perugia, municipality of Montecchio (TR)

Project Director:
Prof. Gian Luca Grassigli (Università degli Studi di Perugia ), Prof. Sarah Harvey (Kent State University)

Project Description:

This Umbro-Etruscan necropolis was first excavated in 1855 by Domenico Golini, and work continued in the mid twentieth century and later by the archaeological superintendency, with more recent excavations in 2017 and 2019. Around 50 chamber tombs have been discovered to date, and a remarkable tomb built from travertine blocks was discovered in 2019, along with several other tombs of different types in 2022 and 2023.  We will continue to explore near the most recently discovered tombs in 2024.

Period(s) of Occupation: The necropolis dates between the late seventh/early sixth century B.C. to the fourth B.C.

Participants will be trained in excavation techniques, recording methods, and artifact processing, and learn about the site history. They will also work with artifacts from the current or previous seasons in the local museum. Italian and American university students will be working together at the site.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none; university students of archaeology, Classics or related fields are preferred, but others are encouraged to apply

Room and Board Arrangements:
The program fee is €3,000. The program fee includes accommodation, food, daily transport between Montecchio and the excavation site. Airfare, and health/travel insurance are not included (proof of medical insurance required). Accommodation: All participants will be staying in lodging near the town of Montecchio (a short distance from the excavation site). Rooms and bathrooms will be shared. Most meals except breakfast will be prepared together, except on the weekends. Excavation will take place Monday through Friday. Participants are encouraged to travel on the weekends (Rome, Florence and other popular destinations are accessible on public transportation); weekend travel expenses are not included in the fee. Please inform us about any dietary restrictions or medical problems when applying. Required: appropriate clothes for excavation work in hot, sunny weather (loose fitting shirts with sleeves, long pants, gloves, hat with brim; steel-toed work shoes or boots in particular are required).

Academic Credit:
No credit available from the sponsoring institution University of Perugia.

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