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).

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