Techno-Archaeology of Landscapes


Season: June 16, 2024 to July 5, 2024

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Duke University

Project Director:
Maurizio Forte

Project Description:

This initiative is part of a long-term research project (directed by Duke University) in the Valdichiana and across the areas of Siena, Cortona, Arezzo and Chianciano; a region with the highest density of archaeological sites in Tuscany and in Central Italy. In 2021 Duke University, the Museum of Chianciano and the Superintendence of Arezzo, Cortona and Siena
The strategic location of Cortona and Valdichiana has been inhabited since prehistoric times, witnessing the rise and fall of various civilizations, including the Etruscans, Romans, and later medieval cultures.
The Etruscan and Roman periods left a lasting impact on the landscape, with evidence of several settlements, roads, and infrastructure. Paleoenvironmental analyses and the study of archaeological remains in the region contribute to our understanding of governance, urban planning, and economic activities that shaped this part of Italy during antiquity. The cultural layers of Cortona and Valdichiana provide a chronological record of human occupation and activities, allowing archaeologists to reconstruct the dynamic history of the region through landscape mapping and ground observations. The archaeological sites in Cortona and Valdichiana attract tourists and scholars, contributing to the local economy and fostering cultural exchange. Educational programs like summer courses provide opportunities for students and researchers to engage with the archaeological landscape firsthand, fostering a deeper appreciation for the region’s cultural heritage. This intensive summer course combines cutting-edge technologies such as remote sensing, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), photogrammetry, and digital technologies to unravel the mysteries of the ancient landscapes that surround this important cultural area.

Period(s) of Occupation: Etruscan, Roman and Medieval landscapes

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: entire period

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Basic knowledge of field archaeology and digital technologies

Room and Board Arrangements:
Provided pending the application approval

Academic Credit:
see web site

Contact Information:

Maurizio Forte





support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.

Post a Fieldwork Opportunity