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Europe - Italy - Unesco Field School Of Archaeology At Veleia (Italy) - 2012

Europe - Italy - Unesco Field School Of Archaeology At Veleia (Italy) - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2012-06-30
Start Date 2012-08-21
End Date 2012-09-15

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

Excavations will take place at the Roman city of Veleia in the municipality of Lugagnano Val D’Arda (Piacenza, Italy). Veleia is located approximately 35 km east of the city of Piacenza, and 60 km west of the city of Parma.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Siena - Centre of GeoTecnologies


Academic Credit

At the end of School each student will receive a certificate issued by the Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of UNESCO and by MiBAC (Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage).
The Institute is a training organization recognized by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research), but is not a degree-granting institution and it cannot offer credits for participation in the program. Credits generally can be obtained directly from the participant’s home institution through discussion with department faculty and administrative staff (e.g., Registrar’s office). The Institute provides supporting documentation upon successful conclusion of the program.


Archaeology Field School Tuition

Students will pay support fees in the amount of $3700 or €2800. These fees will cover housing, meals, excavation and laboratory equipment and staff costs. The fees must be paid in full upon admission. International travel to/from Italy is not included in these fees and is the students’ sole responsibility.
A discount is applied for students coming from the same university or institute, at least two students: $3300 or €2500 for each student.




Archaeology Field School Description


The Roman city of Veleia was founded after the defeat in 158 BC of the Ligures Veleiates who fought against the Roman expansion, with the aim of controlling and managing a huge mountain area between the Taro and the Trebbia Valleys. The most ancient burials, which were discovered there in 1876, belonged to a pre-existing local settlement. Shortly after the first half of the I century BC Veleia became a Roman municipality, acquiring the right of citizenship, and witnessed a season of development with the construction of monuments and buildings: the marble statues of the Julio-Claudian cycle discovered in the basilica and the huge number of monuments are evidence of the important relations held with the imperial family.
This state of prosperity did not last long: in the first half of the II century AD the concession of the Alimenta, the Institution founded by Trajan, showed the interest afforded by the central authority to the economic crisis of the city, where the landed property was under the control of a few rich landowners and many lands were taken up by woodlands or used for pasture, with the obvious consequence that there was a large number of poor people among the small landowners. From the III century AD on the crisis is clear: life in the city is witnessed until the V century AD at least. The end of Veleia can be placed in the general trend of depopulation of that time, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, when a lot of Italian cities were abandoned.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information


Time Period

From 2nd century BC to 5th century AD




What is the daily schedule for the field school

The School will take place between August 21 and September 15, 2012. Important dates:
• 20 august: arrival (pick-up at Milan airports or train station at pre-arranged times)
• 21 august: orientation; introduction to the site; introduction to archaeological field methods
• 15 september: last day of the field school
• 16 september 2012: departure

Excavation will take place daily, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, with an hour lunch break. Laboratories will be held regularly in parallel with excavation.
Excavation and activities will not be held on weekends to give students the opportunity to enjoy their stay in Italy. During the weekends students will be accompanied in the main tourist areas of the territory of Parma and Piacenza.



Is there a professional certification for this field school

The Institute is a training organization recognized by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research). At the end of School each student will receive a certificate issued by the Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of UNESCO and by MiBAC (Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage).


Directors and Instructors

Scientific direction:
• Daniela Locatelli, PhD
-Manager of the archaeological site of Veleia, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici of Emilia Romagna
• Giulio Bigliardi, PhD
-Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology - Centre for GeoTechnologies (Univ. of Siena)
-Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of Clubs and Centres of UNESCO

Staff:
• Marta Caterina Bottacchi, PhD
-Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology - Centre for GeoTechnologies (Univ. of Siena)
-Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of Clubs and Centres of UNESCO
• Sara Cappelli, PhD candidate
-Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology - Centre for GeoTechnologies (Univ. of Siena)
-Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of Clubs and Centres of UNESCO
• Enzo Cocca, PhD candidate
-Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology - Centre for GeoTechnologies (Univ. of Siena)
-Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of Clubs and Centres of UNESCO

For curricula vitae see: www.geotecnologie.unisi.it/personale.php


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

The field activity includes:
• Systematic excavation
• Methods of documentation with GPS, total station and terrestrial photogrammetry
• Aerial photogrammetry with drone
• Laser scanning
• Geophysical prospection
• GIS application
• Laboratory activities (cleaning, labeling, restoration and analyzing finds, as well as elaboration of excavation data, such as GPS, total station and laser scanner survey, GIS records, geophysical data…)


On rain days will there be lab work?

Laboratories will be held regularly in parallel with excavation.


Will there be additional organized activities?

During the weekends students will be accompanied in the main tourist areas of the territory of Parma and Piacenza.





Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.istitutoficlu.org/veleia-italy/

Field School Contact Information



Giulio Bigliardi, PhD
Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology
Centre for GeoTechnologies – University of Siena, Italy
Skype: giulio_bigliardi



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