COVID-19 NOTICE: Please be sure to reach out to the project contact to find out the status of their upcoming season. Many projects have altered fieldwork plans and the information below may not reflect that.
Season: May 27, 2023 to July 8, 2023
Session Dates: 05/27/2023 - 07/08/2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
Deadline Type: Rolling
The Trasimeno Archaeology Field School, based in nearby Castiglione del Lago on the shores of Lake Trasimeno between Umbria and Tuscany, provides a curricular concentration in Archaeology and History. This six-week program is conducted in conjunction with the Trasimeno Regional Archaeological Project (TRAP), a multi-faceted research program that aims to reconstruct the history of human occupation in the region of Castiglione del Lago. This project is a collaboration between the Umbra Institute, DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), and the Comune of Castiglione del Lago. Students who participate in the Field School are engaged in all aspects of the archaeological research, including excavation, documentation, scientific studies, digital modeling, and assisting with the installation of a new archaeological museum in Castiglione del Lago.
The Field School consists of two courses, one theoretical and one practical, both based in Castiglione del Lago with daily work on the archaeological site. The program aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research and fieldwork as applied to the civilizations that shaped the history and culture of central Italy. In addition to the fieldwork, there are classroom lectures and field trips. Students will also have the opportunity to travel in Central Italy as Castiglione del Lago is conveniently situated on the train line between Rome and Florence.
Period(s) of Occupation: Etruscan/Roman
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 40 days
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
Program participants live in modernly furnished studio apartments (2-3 students each) a short walk from the lakeshore, supermarkets, and all other important venues. All apartments include fully equipped kitchens. Meal plan is not included. Students may prepare meals in their apartments. All Field School participants will stay in Castiglione during the summer term, and given its proximity to Perugia, it is easily accessible by bus or train. Castiglione del Lago is a charming medieval town in Umbria, a popular summer destination, located on top of a small peninsula along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno. A member of the prestigious I Borghi più Belli d’Italia Association (The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy), Castiglione is situated between renowned historical cities, such as Orvieto, Chiusi, Arezzo, Cortona, and Perugia.
Participants will receive a total of 6 semester credits (two 3-credit courses).
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.