The 2022 Monteverdi Field School

Fifth Field School at Monteverdi

May 24 – June 18, 2022

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 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.

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.

A certificate will be released at the end of the three weeks of excavations.

The total fee per participant will include:

  • Room and board for three weeks 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

The fee per participant is 3,500€ to be paid upon acceptance into the program by April 29, 2022

Deadline to enroll in the program: December 10, 2021

This is a rolling program, with a final deadline on May 1, 2022


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 May 2022.

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 –

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