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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Italy - Tuscania, Italy Etruscan Archaeology Field School - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-06-30
End Date 2011-07-30

Multiple Sessions no

Archaeology Field School Location

Tuscania, Italy

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Lorenzo de' Medici
Marist College
University of Florence

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in tuition

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The Tuition Fee includes
• the entire course for a minimum of 90 contact hours
and 6 credits (no additional registration fees
• transfer from Rome International Airport ‘Leonardo
da Vinci’ to Tuscania (only on scheduled days)
• accommodation in a 3 star hotel and/or B&B, both
with Wi-Fi, in double rooms with private bathroom
• daily breakfast in hotel
• bag lunch on scheduled working days
• travel connected with course related activities
• materials (readings and tools)
• scheduled museums entries
• social and cultural events organized by the school

Archaeology Field School Description

The Lorenzo de’ Medici - Tuscania Archaeology Field School is a four-week intensive learning course in ancient Mediterranean archaeology. The program offers students a unique combination of on-site fieldwork and specialized academic instruction by an expert team of archaeologists and art historians. As the program centers in Etruria, there will also be visits to major Etruscan museums and open-air sites.

Together with Italian students from the University of Florence, participants in the Field School will be given the chance to learn basic archaeological techniques in the ongoing excavation and preservation of an Etruscan site sponsored by Lorenzo de’ Medici. The July program will focus on the comprehensive analysis of one part of the entire territory occupied by the Etruscans, that is southern Etruria. Through this course, students will explore both the artistic production and material culture of Tuscany’s Etruscans, examining in detail the many diverse aspects of their society, including its political organization, religion and religious ceremony, economy and everyday life.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Etruscan archaeology

Time Period

3rd-2nd century BCE

Field School Setting/Conditions

Woodland setting outside the town of Tuscania

How is the project area accessed each day

Drive to site, short hike in

What is the daily schedule for the field school

The archaeological field school of
Tuscania is a full-time workshop
that includes a five day per week
involvement including lessons,
archaeological field activities and
visits. Please take note that
participants have Saturdays and
Sundays as days off, during
w h i c h L d M o r g a n i z e s
extracurricular activities.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Prof. Stefano Giuntoli, Dr. Silvia Nencetti and team

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

The course will:
• Provide the student with the abilities to professionally excavate an archaeological trench and/or tomb by offering a broad but intense exploration of the practices and methodology of modern archaeology, through which we are able to explore past cultures and understand more about their histories and origins.
• Highlight and teach the importance of archaeological record-keeping, the proper methodology for conducting field surveys, practice in working with ancient objects and debris handling, stratigraphy, classification, note-taking, organizing, inventorying and preserving archaeological finds.
• Teach critical analytical thinking through the study of the role and importance of cultural heritage in contemporary societies and to the future of humankind.
• Enhance teamwork skills and achieve working coordination abilities.
• Lead the student to identify main ancient Etruscan pottery, decorative trends and architectural features.
• Focus on the study of artifacts of the Etruscans, as little writing has been passed down by this mysterious people. Students will practice "reading" art, architecture, and other traces of this civilization’s material culture in order to reconstruct its wider cultural framework. By focusing on the archaeologically rich areas of Tuscania, Cerveteri, and Tarquinia, they will be able to study the growth, summit, and gradual assimilation this people underwent from the 9th to the 1st centuries BCE.
• Acquaint students with the principal types of artifacts on an actual Etruscan site.

Will there be additional organized activities?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Clara Lowry
LdM Student Services + Academic Relations
3600 Bee Caves Road, Suite 205B
Austin, TX 78746
toll free: 1.877.765.4LDM (4536)
p: 512.328.4636
f: 512.328.4638

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