Location: Montelupo Fiorentino, IT
Season: June 22, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Session Dates: June 22, 2020 (arrival date for participants) - July 31, 2020 (departure date for participants) * participants can attend for partial periods within the project dates for a pro-rated cost, space permitting.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
University of Wyoming; University of Waterloo; Sistema Museale di Montelupo Fiorentino
Dr. McKenzie Lewis
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.
Details of the 2020 Study Season:
The 2020 Study Season will focus on studying and restoring artifacts discovered during the last seven years of excavation with the objective of producing a catalog of materials for museum exhibition and publication. We will also reopen two or three trenches for focused excavation in the Villa’s bath complex and area of iron and ceramic production. The overall objective of this season is to study the Villa’s phases of construction and production, to analyze and conserve the associated artifacts, and to complete our interim publication of the site: Excavations at the Villa del Vergigno 2013-2020.
We welcome participants interested in contributing toward our exhibition and publication by working in our artifact laboratory conducting material analysis, ceramic restoration and conservation, and preparing a museum exhibition. We also welcome a limited number of participants interested excavating and the stratigraphic analysis of several important areas of the Villa. Experience in laboratory or fieldwork preferred, but not mandatory.
Regardless of experience and background, participants will become acquainted with and learn how to catalog, conserve, and restore a range of different ancient artifacts, such as fine ware ceramics, courseware ceramics, amphora and storage vessels, bronze objects (tools and jewelry), coins, as well as other domestic and decorative objects. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to focus on and learn techniques of stratigraphic excavation, digital imaging and mapping, or museum exhibition and catalog preparation.
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: $5,400 : Contact McKenzie Lewis for an application for summer 2020. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
1-6 credits offered by University of Wyoming; Participants from any institution are welcome.
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