Thursday, February 10, 2011

Theresa Huntsman lecture on February 14

On Monday February 14, 7:00-8:00 pm in SOBA 73, Theresa Huntsman ('02) will give a presentation entitled "Poggio Civitate: 45 Years on the Piano del Tesoro."  The 2011 field season marks the 45th successive year of archaeological exploration at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) located in central inland Tuscany.  The excavations have brought to light a massive complex, the largest in the region during the seventh and sixth centuries BCE.  During two phases of occupation the inhabitants constructed monumental buildings including an elite residence, a religious building, and a workshop, all elaborately decorated with sculptures.  For reasons still unknown, the site was burned to the ground in the third quarter of the sixth century BCE, never to be inhabited again.

Students at UE have the opportunity to participate in the 2011 summer archaeological field season.  Participants will experience all aspects of archaeological work, including excavation, conservation, survey, illustration, and photography.

Theresa Huntsman is a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also earned her MA in 2005.  She received her BA in Archaeology at UE in 2002 and has participated in the excavations at Poggio Civitate since her first trip as a field school student in 2001.  Currently, she serves as cataloguer, collections manager, and field school instructor for the project.

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