The 2023 Monteverdi Field School

Sixth Field School at Monteverdi

May 28 – June 21, 2023

The field school excavations focus on the remains of the Etruscan sanctuary and Republican village of Podere Cannicci, and on the deserted Medieval village of Castellaraccio di Monteverdi, along with the middle valley of the Ombrone river. These sites represent a unique occasion to investigate economies in transition and settlement patterns in the territory of Paganico.

Courses are aimed at students, early career scholars and those passionate about archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology and cultural heritage management.

Click here for a full bibliography on the research at Monteverdi!

No prior experience is required.

The number of participants is limited to 11 to ensure an exceptional learning experience. 

The excavations are carried out by members of the University at Buffalo – SUNY in collaboration with the Associazione Archeologica Odysseus, Michigan State University, and the Cooper Union for Advancement of the Science and Arts of New York.

The course is a fundamental introduction to stratigraphic excavation methods and to studies of excavated artifacts. Subjects include excavation methods and their application, analysis of built structures and archaeological features, context analysis, finds handling and recording, and studies of ceramic, glass, metal, bone, and numismatic material.

The field school is located near the modern town of Paganico (Grosseto, IT). It is set in the breath-taking middle valley of the Ombrone river close to Montalcino, Siena, and Grosseto.

Food is provided as part of the field school, and it is prepared by the staff of the estate of Monteverdi. We try our best to accommodate dietary requirements, and we can offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. However, meals are based on Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine, and all participants must be aware of this. Occasionally, dinner events may take place at the estate, including barbecues or pizza, or at restaurants. Events outside the program are not included in the fees.

Meals include:

  • a full Italian breakfast
  • lunch with pasta, bread, salad/vegetables, and fruit
  • dinner with meat or alternatives with bread, salad/vegetables, and fruit.

In order to participate in the program, a certificate of full vaccination against Covid-19 must be produced and ready to be sent upon acceptance to the program.

Upon request, a participation certificate will be released at the end of the excavations.


The total fee includes:

  • Room and board for three weeks and a half in the cottages at Monteverdi (see rooms)
  • Transportation to and from the train station in Grosseto and the estate on the day of arrival and departure
  • Transportation to and from the excavation sites
  • Necessary excavation tools

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare/travel arrangements to and from Italy
  • Occasional events outside the estate, like restaurant dinners or aperitifs
  • Anything else not detailed in the section “The total fee includes

The fee per participant is 3,700€ to be paid upon acceptance into the program by February 28, 2023.

Previous participants of the Field School can request a 10% discount. The payment will be wired to Associazione Archeologica Odysseus, Italy. The payment is not refundable.


Deadline for full consideration in the program: December 20, 2022

This is a rolling program, with a final deadline on April 2, 2023

Interviews will be scheduled on Zoom for those applying to the field school. Secure your seat in this experience before somebody else does!

APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM


Learn more about the Field School from previous students. Check the video below, or go to our video-gallery to see some of our activities!

Contact us

Dr Alessandro Sebastiani – as424@buffalo.edu

Dr Michelle Hobart – michelle.hobart@cooper.edu

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