The 2021 Monteverdi Field School

Fourth Field School at Monteverdi

May 30 – June 18, 2021

The field school excavations focus on the deserted Medieval village of Castellaraccio di Monteverdi, along with the middle valley of the Ombrone river. The site represents 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.

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
  • Day trips during the weekend

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare/travel arrangements to and from Italy

The fee per participant is 2,500€ to be paid upon acceptance into the program by May 15, 2021

Deadline to enroll in the program: May 10, 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 May 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 –