Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project 2019

Location: Montelupo Fiorentino, IT

Season: June 26, 2019 to August 3, 2019

Session Dates: June 26, 2019 (arrival date for participants) - August 3, 2019 (departure date for participants) * participants can attend for partial periods within the project dates, space permitting.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2019

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

University of Wyoming; University of Waterloo; Sistema Museale di Montelupo Fiorentino

Project Director:
Dr. McKenzie Lewis

Project Description:

The Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project is a field school and volunteer opportunity to excavate a first century B.C.E. – fifth century C.E. Roman villa near the town of Montelupo Fiorentino, approximately 15 miles west of Florence, Italy.  Participants will receive hands-on training in excavation techniques, survey methods, site mapping using Geographic Information Systems, and learn to process and conserve artifacts discovered during excavation. 

Period(s) of Occupation: Etruscan and Roman Periods

The Villa Romana del Vergigno is a large villa rustica inhabited from ca. 100 BCE to 400 CE, located near Montelupo Fiorentino in the mid-Arno Valley of northern Tuscany, approximately fifteen miles west of Florence. In the 2019 field season we will excavate both the domestic area of the villa complex, as well as the agricultural and industrial production areas that include kilns, a grape press, and pottery production. Participants will receive training in excavation techniques, survey methods, site mapping using Geographic Information Systems, and will take part in artifact conservation. Housing is in a large, multi-suite historic villa located in the center of Montelupo Fiorentino, approximately ten minutes by car from the excavation site, twenty minutes by train from Florence, and walking distance to the train station, grocery stores, cafes, shops, and restaurants. There will be 2-4 people per room/sharing amenities.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No Experience Required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accomodations are in a recently-remodeled, large historic villa in the center of Montelupo, a few minutes' walk from cafes, grocery stores, shopping, and train service directly to Florence. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are provided Sunday - Friday (light breakfast and lunch only on Saturday). Wi-fi, kitchen, and a washing machine are free on the premesis.  Cost: $3,600 : Contact McKenzie Lewis for an application for summer 2019.

Academic Credit:
3-6 credits offered by University of Wyoming Participants from any institution are welcome. . Tuition is Field School Course Enrollment is Optional.

Contact Information:

McKenzie Lewis at UW International Programs

1000 University Ave., Dept. 3707





Phone: 919-360-1903

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