Pottery Study and Artefact Restoration from Pompeii and Pollena

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Location: pollena, IT

Season: June 3, 2019 to October 11, 2019

Session Dates: Pottery Study from Pompeii and Pollena Trocchia: July 1 - July 26 Pottery Study and Restoration: June 3 - June 14 July 29 - Aug 9 Aug 19 - Aug 30

Application Deadline: March 31, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

The excavation at Aeclanum is hosted by the University of Edinburgh as part of the Apolline Project under the aegis of the British School at Rome and is supported by the Comune di Mirabella Eclano and the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Salerno ed Avellino.

Project Director:
Dr G. Ferdinando De Simone and Dr Ben Russell

Project Description:

The Pottery and Restoration classes: the full study, restoration, and publication of the artefacts from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii and from the Roman Villa with baths in Pollena Trocchia are the major aims of the Apolline Project. The annual activities revolve around specific contexts and research questions, thus make the students partake in the interpretative process. We work in a supportive team structure where all team members are treated as peer, to help everyone achieve quality work.

There are several programmes running over the summer:

1. The course on Roman pottery will run for four weeks (July 1 -26) covers both the assemblages from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii and from the late antique site at Pollena Trocchia, providing in this way the unique opportunity to cover a wide timespan, from the 2nd c. BC to the end of the Western Roman Empire. This program is the ideal option for those who are thinking about becoming a pottery specialist.

2. The courses on study and restoration of the artefacts provide a comprehensive introduction to the current theories and practices in this fields. After a general overview on how to categorise the objects and identify the pottery classes and types, the students will participate in all activities involved in the restoration of the artefacts, from the documentation (description, drawing, photography) to the first cleaning (with brushes, scalpels, chemical solvents), from the consolidation to the stitching to the final integration, alongside with a set of basic skills on the study of Roman pottery.

a) June 3 – June 14

b) July 29 – August 9

c) August 19 – August 30

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Late Antique

We guarantee transportation from the main train station in Naples to the location of the program chosen, either Pollena Trocchia or Mirabella Eclano, as well as transfer from one location to the other, for those who combine programs. For those staying in Pollena Trocchia, public transport in the area – including trains and buses – is good and participants will be able to move around the area with ease. Pollena Trocchia is connected to Naples via the Circumvesuviana train network, a one-way ride costs € 2.10 and lasts about 20 minutes. From Naples a train ride to Pompeii lasts about 30 mins and roughly one hour to Rome.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No previous archaeological fieldwork is required to attend. We will be requiring at least one academic referee listed in the application in addition to your most recent academic cv.

Room and Board Arrangements:
For international participants to the lab work in Pollena Trocchia and Pompeii, accommodation will be provided at Cappabianca – a late 19th-century palazzo. Guests should expect the amenities to be on par with what is generally expected when staying in a hostel. For international participants this is included in the price, along with kitchen, showers and washing facilities. If preferred, at extra cost it can be arranged for students to stay in local hotel accommodation, although students generally prefer to stay in Cappabianca. Cost: The course on Roman pottery from Pompeii and Pollena Trocchia will run for four weeks, from 1st to the 26th of July. Participation in the programme will be 800 EUR. Restoration courses will run from the 3rd to the 14th of June, from the 29th of July to the 9th of August, and from 19th to the 30th of August at the cost of 450 EUR each

Contact Information:

Dr Ben Russell and Dr G. Ferdinando De Simone

Palazzo Cappabianca, via Caracciolo1




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