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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Italy - Winter & Spring Lab Courses with Roman Artifacts and Human Remains - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-01-06
End Date 2014-04-27

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Winter Session: January 6-19 2014 (1 to 2 week classes offered).

Spring Session: March 17-April 27 2014 (1 to 2 week classes offered).

Archaeology Field School Location

Pollena Trocchia, Naples, Italy

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Cost: 250 for 1 week, 400 for 2 weeks, and 170 for each additional week. Costs include accommodation.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in costs.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Travel costs are separate
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Costs cover tuition and accommodation.

Archaeology Field School Description

The Apolline Project is involved in the study of artefacts and ecofacts from several sites in the environs of Vesuvius, thus it constantly seeks motivated archaeologists to train as specialists. The Lab Sessions provide a solid foundation to the study of ancient pottery, architecture, environment, archaeozoology, and human osteology, in the hope of nurturing the most talented archaeologists by training them as specialists for long term work with the project.

Each class is one/two weeks long and focuses on a specific subject; in general, the day begins with a short frontal lecture with powerpoint, followed by practical learning on the artefacts (some of which are extremely rare to find elsewhere, like the carbonised leaves). Teaching is tailored around the needs and interests of the students, thus the number of the participants is kept low (3-10).

Next Classes:

Winter Session: January 6-19 2014 (1 to 2 week classes offered).

Spring Session: March 17-April 27 2014 (1 to 2 week classes offered).

The Human Osteology class costs 250EUR for one week, 400EUR for two weeks. Students must attend first week.

The Pottery Class costs 200EUR for one week, 350EUR for two weeks.

The other classes cost 170EUR for each week.

Although one week is reckoned sufficient to provide a solid introduction to the study of a specific subject, students are encouraged to take 2-3 classes in a row in order to gain ampler experience. Students who wish to stay on in the accommodation for 1 week before and/or after the lab session of choice, are able to do so at no extra cost (but have to verify with us the availability beforehand) and can profitably use the extra time to explore the archaeological museums and sites in the Bay of Naples. Upon request, organised bus tours can be arranged.

Pottery studies: Students will learn the fundamental skills to process any ceramic assemblage from the washing and marking, to the different methods of drawing pottery; students will become familiar with the different pottery classes attested to late antique Campania. Participants who are already well versed in the basic skills will focus more on complex tasks, such as identification and drawing.

Human Osteology: Physical anthropology has the potential to provide a great amount of insight into the lives of the individuals who inhabited or were interred at the site in question. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the methods and techniques used to study human skeletal remains in order to determine baseline information regarding an individual such as age, sex, occupational stress markers, and nonmetric variations in addition to signs of disease and trauma. This course will provide the basic skill set required to conduct analysis on a historical osteological assemblage.

Roman architecture: This class provides a general overview of Roman construction techniques and focuses on the methods used to study ancient Roman architecture, from the identification of the construction techniques to the reconstruction of the building phases to the drawing and digitisation of the walls. By the completion of this course, students will be comfortable with the techniques involved in the drawing of ancient structures, and in particular, they will have learned how to acquire and process data collected in the field and how to create representative drawings.

Ancient Marble: During the course students will learn how to clean and label fragments of marble, how to draw them, how to establish the possible architectural function of an individual fragment, as well as how to identify different types of marble and the location of their respective quarries.

Archaeobotany-Charcoal Analysis: Students will learn the methods and techniques of charcoal analysis ranging from sampling strategies to the identification of the main taxa to the broader landscape reconstruction. The extant remains of an ancient landscape are often limited to fragmentary sediments and plant remains. Despite their small size, these fragments of ecological history encapsulate valuable information and upon careful examination can inform on ancient agricultural techniques, the economy, climate, food production, as well as customs of worship. When skilfully assembled, this information can lend itself to a tantalising reconstruction of an ancient landscape.

Zooarchaeology: Faunal analysis provides information that often proves vital to the interpretation of a given site. The study of animal remains provides us with an improved understanding of the relationship between animals and man in the past. Animal bones are considered archaeological material and by studying them we can gain insight into the anthropic context to which they belong. In this course students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the methods and techniques used in the analysis of animal skeletal remains.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Lab courses with roman artifacts

Time Period

Roman and Medieval

How is the project area accessed each day

Accessible by public transportation and by car.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Weekdays, 9am-4pm with 1 hr lunch and a 15 minute morning coffee break.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Pottery Analysis
Human Osteology
Roman Architecture
Roman Marble

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Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone
via Regina Margherita 46
Sant'Anastasia, NA 80048

Phone: +39 3395671190

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