The 2020 Monteverdi Field School

Fourth Field School at Monteverdi

May 24 – July 1, 2020

The 2020 Field School has been CANCELLED due to the spread of Coronavirus in Italy

The field school excavations focus on a late Etruscan-Republican sanctuary and related vicus (Podere Cannicci), as well as 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 and is worth 6 credits. 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.


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