The Pran’e Siddi Landscape Project

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Location: Villanovaforru and Siddi, VS, IT

Season: June 2, 2019 to July 6, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Miami University

Project Director:
Dr. Emily Holt

Project Description:

Pran’e Siddi, or the Siddi Plateau, is a high basaltic plateau located in the south-central part of the island of Sardinia (Italy), near the modern town of Siddi. The area around Siddi was inhabited by prehistoric villagers beginning in the Neolithic period (ca. 4,000-3,200 BCE). During the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1,700-1,450 BCE), however, these previously egalitarian people began to develop a hierarchical social system with an elite who expressed their power and prestige through the building of monumental stone towers called nuraghi. The elites of the Nuragic community on the Siddi Plateau built sixteen nuraghi, which they lived in and added onto for three centuries. By 1450 BCE, however, the elite sites on the Siddi Plateau were abandoned and the population moved away.

The Pran’e Siddi Landscape Project was formed to conduct a more thorough investigation of Nuragic climate, environment, land use, and economic practices in the Siddi region.  We are interested in finding out what kinds of pressures – social, environmental, and/or economic – could have made the Nuragic people abandon their towers on the plateau. The Project uses archaeological and geoarchaeological survey to reconstruct changing patterns of land and resource use and look for evidence of environmental depletion.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full project

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No previous experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements:
The team will stay in double rooms at the hotel Funtana Noa in Villanovaforru, Sardinia ( Weekday breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel. Weekday lunches will be at Trattoria Zia Luciana in Siddi. Some weekend meals will be provided. Cost: In addition to tuition, students are anticipated to spend around $1530 out-of-pocket for airfare to and from Sardinia, global health insurance (mandatory), some weekend meals, and incidentals.

Academic Credit:
ATH 415 Field Methods in Archaeology, 6 credits credits offered by Miami University. Tuition is $5745.20 Ohio in-state tuition and program fee $8067.80 Out-of-state tuition and program fee .

Contact Information:

Dr. Emily Holt

400 East Spring Street





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