Dig |Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh

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Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh
26th July – 16th August 2014

The field school at Grumentum is intended to introduce students to the key methodologies of excavation, which still remains one of the principal methods by which new archaeological data are acquired. Grumentum is a Lucanian-Roman site in South Italy, which in the course of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD was equipped with all standard Roman monuments. The University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Dr. Ine Jacobs, excavates a street portico and a row of shops located to the southeast of the forum. In the past years mainly the later levels of occupation have been dug. This year’s aim is to excavate older occupation levels and draw up a phase plan of the area.

Participation in the Grumentum field school will provide students with training in the following areas: grid establishment, excavation techniques, interpretation of stratigraphy, taking levels and using a total station, documentation, plan and section drawing, artefact recovery and recording, sampling methodology, and photography. Students will also learn about post-excavation management, including the drawing and study of artefacts, under the supervision of finds specialists.

The field school is therefore intended for both undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to acquire or strengthen vital archaeological skills. The fee of £750 includes transport from Rome airport to the modern village of Grumento Nova, full board on each field project day, transport to and from the site on each field project day as well as accommodation for the duration of the field project. Students are recommended to apply to their universities for assistance with the fees. Places are limited to 15 participants. For further information and application contact Dr. Ine Jacobs (Ine.Jacobs AT ed.ac.uk).

DIG: Excavations at Carsulae, Italy, summer 2014

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Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae

June 8 – July 19, 2014

We are still accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth
season of the excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2014.

We plan to spend the summer excavating the remainder of the bath building under the protective roof as well as the region immediately to the east, where in recent years we
have uncovered more rooms.   We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza of Umbria on a plan for the conservation of the bath building.

Our field school welcomes both students and volunteers. Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, the formulation of research questions and
priorities, identification and handling of artifacts, drafting of site plans, and analytical rendering.  Regularly scheduled lectures are given by both our objects conservator and ceramics analyst on such topics as conservation in the field and lab, the history of ceramics in , and Roman architectural construction methods and materials. 

Throughout the season, participants are given the opportunity to work
with our conservator in the lab cleaning and consolidating small finds, or in
the field helping to conserve the mosaics we have discovered over the course of
the excavations.

For further details such as cost, housing and the schedule, and to apply, please visit our website.

Dig: Roman Villa at Cortona

I am told there are spaces still available on this one:

Excavate a Roman Villa at Cortona, Italy

One *6 credit 4 week session – May 20 – June 14, 2013
Study Abroad Special Funding for 2013

Within the context of research on the Romanization of Etruria, we are continuing the excavation of a large Roman complex of the 1st century B.C. through the 5th century A.D. From the early 1st c. B.C. onwards, the villa was terraced with an elongated plan. Several CAESARUM brickstamps indicate that the complex was part of an estate owned by the Roman Imperial family. In later centuries structural and functional changes in the complex document the architectural and social transformations that occurred during the later empire in rural Italy. The site and its artefacts are the core of the Roman section in the Cortona Museum.

Classics 475/476 (undergrad) or 601/602 (graduate level). The field school is limited to 15 students.

The course is taught in 6 modules, including lectures, museum and site visits, excavation, laboratory, interpretation of finds. The course emphasizes archaeological interpretation within in the cultural and historical context of Roman Italy.

Application deadline is March 1, 2013. You will be notified in early March regarding acceptance into the course.

More info: Roman Villa at Cortona

Kabri 2009 Dig Blog

Eric Cline sends this along:

I thought that some or all of you might like to know the location of our Kabri 2009 Dig Blog; it will be available here:


Pictures of some of our bloggers are already up, as part of the first two posts; at least five of the bloggers will be current GW students.

We will be posting daily, hopefully with some short embedded videos as well, from June 21st to July 30th, but I anticipate that some preliminary "pre-dig" posts by some of the bloggers will be going up much sooner than that.

We will have approximately 65 team members during the 2009 season, coming from the US, Israel, England, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Greece, and Australia, including 27 current students and alumni from GWU.

DIG: Gabii Field School

The Gabii Project (Central Italy) is sponsoring a volunteer field school program for undergraduate students in 2009 (season dates: 21 June – 25 July).  If you are interested in applying (deadline 15 February 2009), please visit http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/research/Excavation/Gabii/; inquiries may be directed to gabiiproject At umich.edu.

The archaeological project is located at the site of ancient Gabii, some 18 km to the east of Rome in Central Italy.

The Gabii Project is an international, multi-institution archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. Field research at the site of Gabii commenced in 2007 with a campaign of magnetometric geophysical survey, undertaken in order to begin to establish an archaeological plan of the site – something that had never been done before – and to assess the nature of archaeological deposits and determine whether or not urban excavation at the site would be a workable research approach. Encouraged by the 2007 results, the project returned in 2008 to complete the magnetometry survey of the site and to carry out various other geophysical prospections in order to construct stratigraphic site profiles for Gabii. With the data in hand from 2007 and 2008, a fairly complete plan for a substantial part of the urban area is now in hand and will serve as a useful guide for excavations that will commence in June 2009.

The 2009 season will be the first season of fieldwork at the site of Gabii that will involve excavation, and thus the Gabii Project is pleased to offer a field program for student volunteers. We welcome applications from any interested students.  The program, which will not grant academic credit in 2009, will run from June 21 to July 25, 2009. During the program students will receive an introduction to, and instruction in, the range of practical skills employed by the field archaeologist, as well as exposure to the various techniques and methods of the archaeological field laboratory. The following represent some of the skill sets that the program will cover.
•    Open field excavation methodology
•    Archaeological documentation and record keeping
•    The use of the Harris Matrix for stratigraphical analysis and documentation
•    Identification and initial conservation of archaeological finds
•    Use of a transit and exposure to the operation of a Total station (electronic surveying instrument)

Students will be housed in Frascati, Italy, at the Hotel Ville Mercede, a pensione that features air conditioning, wireless internet access, and an on-site restaurant.  Meals will be provided at the restaurant (Monday-Friday) as well as on-site.  The program cost for five weeks is $3,600.

Applications are submitted electronically via the Project’s website: http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/research/Excavation/Gabii/