The Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project is among the oldest and best known field schools in the world and is co-directed by UE Archaeology alumna, Theresa Huntsman ('02). Our program provides students the opportunity to excavate at the site under the direction of a staff of professional archaeologists, conservators, illustrators, and photographers. Participants receive training in all aspects of field work, including excavation and data collection, archaeological survey and drawing, objects conservation, illustration, photography, and cataloguing.
At Poggio Civitate, we believe that the best field experience is comprehensive. Students are encouraged to work directly with directors of excavation units, follow artifacts from discovery through conservation and into cataloguing. Most of our Participants come with no field work experience – many have never even taken an archaeology or classics course –and by the end of the season, we believe, each comes away with a foundation in Etruscan Archaeology and field methods, as well as an appreciation for Italy and rural Italian culture.
The 2011 field season will focus excavation on an area of the hill recently discovered to preserve remains of the sixth century B.C. archaic complex, as well as to explore other areas for traces of non-elite architecture. Work is conducted Monday - Friday, with the weekends free to explore Tuscany and further afield in Italy.
The 2011 Season runs June 28-August 2 at a cost of $4200 (excluding airfare). Program costs include up to 6 academic credits through UMass-Amherst, and participants are housed in a building of the Albergo di Murlo, a local hotel, in double to quad rooms. All meals are provided Monday - Friday, and are prepared by the excavation chef.