Can You See Yourself Saving Rome?
The American Institute for Roman Culture
2011 Ostia Marina Summer Archaeology Field School
Program Dates: June 20 through July 31, 2011
Contact hours: 220
Program Co-directors: Prof. Massimiliano David (University of Bologna), Dr. Angelo Pellegrino (Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, Ostia Antica office), Dr. Darius Arya (AIRC), and Dr. Alberto Prieto (AIRC)
Location: Ostia Antica, Rome, Italy
The American Institute for Roman Culture’s Summer Archaeology Field School is a six-week intensive learning opportunity in Roman archaeology. The program will be held from June 20 through July 31, 2011 and offers students a unique combination of 5 weeks of on-site field work and one week of specialized academic instruction by expert archaeologists and AIRC professors. As the program is centered in Rome, there will also be visits to major Roman museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in ancient Rome.
Participants in the field school will be given the opportunity to develop their archaeological expertise in the third season of excavation outside the Porta Marina in Ostia Antica, the port city of ancient Rome. The Ostia Marina project, operating under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (Ostia Antica office) and the University of Bologna (Department of Archaeology, with the collaboration of the Faculty of Preservation of Cultural Heritage), is a multi-year re-evaluation of the suburban neighborhood that lay on the ancient seashore immediately outside of the city walls at the Porta Marina (Sea Gate). The area is populated by private homes, funeral monuments, religious sanctuaries, and large public structures, including several bath complexes, dating between the Late Republican and Late Antique periods. It is best known for a luxurious late-4th century AD seafront residence that yielded one of the most complete and lavish examples of wall and floor decoration made of precisely cut and arranged colored marble fragments (opus sectile) from anywhere in the Roman world.
The excavation site is a large (80 x 80 m) complex lying between the opus sectile building and the Marciana/Porta Marina Baths started by the emperor Trajan. Geophysical prospection (magnetometry and GPR) indicates a large open area in the northwest that may be a palaestra, which in turn suggests that the structure is also a bath complex. It is the first entirely unexplored building to be excavated at Ostia in 50 years, and it is particularly important because it preserves intact the Late Antique-Early Medieval (ca. AD 300-800) layers and features that were elsewhere destroyed with little or no documentation in the clearance excavations of 1938-1942.
The 2011 season will concentrate on the exploration and documentation of several rooms in the complex. Materials recovered so far include marble decorative slabs, marble columns and capitals, mosaic flooring, painted wall fresco (some of very high quality), ceramic and glass vessels, and assorted minor artifacts such as bone utensils and coins. These materials are evidence of a prestigious function, possibly public or imperial.
The archaeological training is provided on-site, using the extraordinary setting of Ostia Antica as a living laboratory, by a staff of professionals in archaeology and related disciplines: Ostia Marina project director Prof. Massimiliano David (University of Bologna), Professor of Topography Dario Giorgetti (University of Bologna), Field Director Marcello Turci (University of Rome), Alberto Prieto (Associate Director of Archaeology, AIRC), and others. In addition to the principles of stratigraphic excavation, the participants are given expert instruction in analysis and classification of materials (pottery, marble, glass, coins, etc.), archaeological drawing, Roman building materials and techniques, and digital modeling using a total data station.
The program aims to supply participants with both a synchronic and diachronic approach to the study of Roman culture. Through this dual approach, those involved in the program will gain a more comprehensive historical and cultural overview of Rome and Roman civilization, from its rise to power to its decline, understanding how it set a standard of cultural values that continues to exert influence over the entire Western world to this day.
The 2010 summer field school involved 34 participants representing colleges and universities across the United States at both the undergraduate and graduate level, with a wide range of majors, including Brown University, the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Carthage College, Columbia University, the University of New Mexico, Bucknell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Pepperdine University, St. Olaf College, Connecticut College, Bard College, Stanford University, Seton Hall University, Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, California Polytechnic, the University of West Florida, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Mary Washington. They were joined by a postgraduate student from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
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None. Printed course notes and a custom manual will be provided.
Coarelli, F. Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Chapter on Ostia, pp. 451-476.
Stambaugh, J. E. The Ancient Roman City. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988. Chapter 18, “Ostia,” pp. 268-274.
Help Us Save Rome:
Application Deadline and Program Costs
Price: $4300* includes tuition, housing within the city of Rome in shared apartments with other excavation participants, some weekday lunches while working on the excavation site, and entry fees for national museums during class days.
The field study will be assessed by the following:
• Excavation Journal
No experience of archaeology or knowledge of Italian is expected, –only a desire to dig and to learn more about Roman civilization. That said, while experience isn’t a necessary, it is encouraged and previous experience/background in the field is preferred. NOTE: This program is physically rigorous and requires long hours in conditions that can make the experience challenging, both physically and mentally.
There are no academic pre-requisites for this program. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate Archaeology or Anthropology student or simply someone interested in learning more about the field of archaeology, this program will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for a first-hand look at archaeological fieldwork.
How to Apply
Applications due: March 30, 2011. After April 15th a late fee ($100) will be assessed. The last date for accepting late applications is May 01, 2011. Students should plan to apply early, as space is limited and students are accepted based on screening criteria as applications are received.
Application materials consist of:
· a one-page 600-800 word essay describing your interest in Rome, why you would like to participate in the AIRC excavation and what strengths you would bring to this project;
· a letter of recommendation from one professor,
· a copy of your curriculum vitae.
· Phone interview with AIRC project staff.
For more information about this and other AIRC academic programs please visit our website at: www.saverome.org
Inquiries and Application Documents should be submitted to:
studyabroad AT romanculture.org
* Tentative 2011 Price subject to change based upon Dollar/Euro stability and will be locked on or before application deadline.