The 2021 Monteverdi Field School

Fourth Field School at Monteverdi

May 23 – June 30, 2021

The field school excavations focus on a late Etruscan-Republican sanctuary and related vicus (Podere Cannicci), and on a deserted Medieval village (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.

No prior experience is required.

The number of participants is limited to 16 to ensure an exceptional learning experience. 

The excavations are carried out by the University at Buffalo – SUNY in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Province di Siena, Grosseto e Arezzo, 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.

Total fee per participant is 5,500$ including:

  • Room and board for five weeks and a half in the cottages at Monteverdi (see rooms)
  • Transportation to and from Fiumicino airport and the estate on the day of arrival and departure
  • Transportation to and from the excavation sites
  • Necessary excavation tools
  • Day trips during the weekend

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare/travel arrangements to Italy
  • The cost of personal and medical insurance that are mandatory to attend the field school

Pre-application period: November 26 – December 31, 2020


Deadline to enroll in the program: February 13, 2021


As we constantly monitor the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy and around the world, a final decision on the field school will be made in April 2021.

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 –

Dr Michelle Hobart –