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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Italy/Sicily - Case Bastione - 2015

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Session 1: 22 March - 4 April
Session 2: 5 - 18 April
Session 3: 5- 18 July
Session 4: 19 July - 1 August

Sessions 1&2 deadline 28 February
Sessions 3&4 deadline 19 June

Archaeology Field School Location

Case Bastione
Near Villarosa 94101

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Stratigraphic excavation
use of 3D laser scanner
ortho-photographic methodology (mapping,digital surface modelling)
UAV (Drone)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room and board included in the price (not additional drinks). Sessions 1&2 accommodation is in rented flats (shared bedrooms). Sessions 3&4 accommodation is in dormitories in a local primary school.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Sessions 1&2 600, 3&4 350
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fee includes tuition, educational materials, room and board, travel to and from site.

Fee does not include travel to Villarosa, insurance, personal equipment, optional visits.

Archaeology Field School Description

Join the Co-op Arkeos for our 5th season at Case Bastione, in central Sicily. Arkeos is an Field Archaeological Consultancy that conducts commercial archaeology (CRM) throughout Enna. Its archaeologists have been trained locally and internationally (Catania, Rome and University College London) and work with partners from the across the world. Arkeos was recently awarded Regional Development Funding to purchase state of the art equipment, which is uses to conduct cutting edge research, and training, as well as in its all important commercial work. Students will receive demonstrations of ortho-photomethodology (digital mapping and surface modelling) and UAV (ie Drones). There will be lectures and lab work (processing and cataloging finds, datamanagement (databases, GIS, digitization of site plans).

The site is located in the Morello Valley, in the beautiful heart of sicily. The scenery is stunning, and the site overlooks Villarosa Reservoir, and is close to the hilltop towns of Enna and Calascibetta, which still retain their Medieval Character.
Case Bastione was deemed to be so important that the Local Municipality purchased the field so that it could be investigated by local archaeologists.
Arkeos has been digging here each year, and this will be its 5th season.

The large multi-period settlement dates from the Late Neolithic right through to the Early Bronze Age. During previous seasons we investigated a production area, and found evidence of the earliest smelting known in Sicily. Prehistoric round huts have also been excavated and contained a large collection of pots. Geophysical survey conducted last year with British partners has widened our understanding and features revealed will be excavated this year.

Students will be stay in nearby Villarosa, a small village of c.2500 inhabitants. The economy is based on agriculture (almonds, olives and grain) and Tertiary sector. Students of the first two sessions will stay in rented flats, in the last two sessions the local primary school has been made available by the town council.

Due to its central location, Villarosa is close to several UNESCO sites inscribed on the World Heritage list including Villa Romana del Casale and the Temples at Agrigento. Optional trips will be organised at the weekend. For those attending one of the first two sessions, a trip to during Easter week is a must, to see the masked confraternities celebrating the 'Settimana Santa'.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

4000BC to present day.

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site is very accessible, as it is located immediately adjacent to a road.

How is the project area accessed each day

We will drive there and back from Villarosa.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

830-9 to 430 - 5

Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Dr Enrico Giannitrapani
Dr Fillipo Ianni
Dr Paolo Guarino
Dr Anna Maria Barberi
Sarah Wolferstan (MA)

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be optional visits organised to nearby sites.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Lectures will be provided and there is lab work for rainy days.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Travel is not restricted, but must be organised by the participant.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:!field-schools/cpuk

Field School Contact Information

Secretary - Arkeos
Via San Pietro 224
Enna 94100

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