San Gemini Preservation Studies – Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics, Paper/Books, Buildings and more

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Location: Piazza Palazzo Vecchio, 10, 05029 San Gemini TR, Italy

Season: May 31, 2020 to August 7, 2020

Session Dates: Session One: June 1 – June 26, 2020 Intersession Field Trip: June 28 – July 7, 2020 Session Two: July 13 - August 7, 2020

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

Project Director:
Max Cardillo

Project Description:

San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school that organizes courses in the field of restoration and conservation, including these 4-week courses:

  • Analysis, Documentation and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics – OPEN
  • Touching the Stones. Historic Buildings Restoration and Analysis – OPEN
  • Paper Conservation and Restoration – OPEN
  • Book Bindings Conservation – OPEN
  • Traditional Italian Painting – Materials and Methods – OPEN
  • Carsulae Archaeological Survey, research project – OPEN

The programs work in collaboration with the excavation project of the Roman Baths in Carsulae. The programs include both classes and hands-on field work. All academic activities are held in English.

Period(s) of Occupation: Ancient Roman - Middle Ages

The 4-week program in ceramics conservation includes the analysis and conservation of classical and medieval pottery from the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio dell’ Abruzzo – Department Of National Heritage and Cultural Activities of the Abruzzo Region.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Various levels, including college level, graduate level and audit.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Participants stay in apartments or houses that are available in the town of San Gemini. SGPS organize the housing. Cost is $600 per 4-week program. Single accommodations are available for an additional fee. See website for more information.

Academic Credit:
6 units/program are recommended credits. SGPS is not an accredited university. Our courses are rated by units (equivalent to credit units). Participants receive a letter-graded evaluation and, if requested, an official certificate of completion. Participants that want to receive accredited college or university credit must apply to our program through West Virginia University. Many students are able to get independent study credit through their home universities and participants should consult their student advisers to see if that option is available to them. Tuition is $3,950.

Contact Information:

Polly Withers

203 7th Avenue, Suite 5A





Phone: (718) 768-3508

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