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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Italy - Field School Pozzeveri in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology - 2014

Europe - Italy - Field School Pozzeveri in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-23
End Date 2014-08-01

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
The Ohio State University University of Pisa Institute for Research and Learning in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
Academic Credit
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Varies according to institutional affiliation and residence status; enrollment waiver available. Support fees: $1,795 These fees will cover housing, meals, excavation and laboratory equipment, and staff costs, and are payable in full upon admission. International travel to Italy is not included in these fees and is the students’ sole responsibility.
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
A typical Italian breakfast, consisting of coffee or cappuccino and pastries, will be offered at a local café right across from the school; lunch will consist of boxed lunch, delivered and consumed at the site in a designated break area; dinner will be served at a local restaurant and will consist of several “family-style” courses. Students with severe food allergies are required to communicate their specific dietary restrictions to the field school’s organizers immediately upon admission. Meals are not provided during weekends and at any other time when the field school is not in session.
Archaeology Field School Travel
Not included

Archaeology Field School Description

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy) is an academic program aimed at training students in archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods Excavations take place at the church of “San Pietro a Pozzeveri” in the municipality of Altopascio. Badia Pozzeveri is located approximately 10 miles east of the city of Lucca, capital of the Tuscan province of the same name. San Pietro’s church was once part of a Camaldolese monastery, which was founded in the 11th century on the shores of Lake Bientina. The medieval lake, now entirely dried up, extended between Lucca and the Arno River. The monastery flourished during the 12-13th centuries thanks to its location along the Via Francigena, a major trade and pilgrimage route, which connected France and Northern Europe with Rome throughout the entire Middle Ages. The monastery’s decline started in the 14th century and eventually led to its dissolution in the 15th century. San Pietro’s church remained as the village’s center of worship and is still in use. Previous excavations conducted at the site exposed human burials dated to the middle ages, the renaissance and modern (18th-19th c.) times. Additionally, archaeological investigations revealed the buried remnants of a post-medieval building adjacent to the church, as well as structures belonging to the medieval church and cloister. During the 2014 field season, the field school will continue to explore the 1855 cholera cemetery, as well as the medieval levels of the site, including the cemetery and the monastery’s ruins. The field school is part of a broader academic collaboration between The Ohio State University and the University of Pisa investigating biocultural complexity in the region surrounding Lucca during the Middle Ages. Specifically, the research project has the following objectives: * Excavation and analysis of the monastery’s cemetery, with particular attention to population demography, burial typology, and funerary ritual. * Bioarchaeological analysis of the medieval population buried at Badia Pozzeveri, with particular attention to biological diversity, paleopathology, and activity patterns. * Reconstruction of the settlement’s evolution from the Early Middle Ages until Modern times. * Analysis of material culture from a monastic center along the Via Francigena, with particular attention to trade dynamics, diffusion of technical knowledge and economic activities related to monastic life. The field school at Badia Pozzeveri is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. The field school is designed to provide participants with knowledge of archaeological field methods – including survey, excavation, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) – and bioarchaeological field and research methods – recovery, restoration, and analysis of human skeletal remains. Practical, hands-on experience in the field will be complemented by laboratory activity in archaeology and bioarchaeology. Lectures by the directors and instructors on their research will also provide students with insights in the theory and practice of archaeology and physical anthropology.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
bioarchaeology, medieval archaeology
Time Period
Middle Ages to Modern Era
Field School Setting/Conditions
The site is located on the periphery of the municipality of Altopascio, Italy. The site is in the heart of Tuscany, only 10 miles east of Lucca, 15 miles from Pisa and 20 from Florence.
How is the project area accessed each day
Students will walk to the site (about .75 miles away from our living quarters); bicycles will also be made available.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
The field school will take place between June 23 and August 1, 2014. Important dates: June 22 – Arrivals (Pick-up at Pisa/Florence airports and Altopascio train station at pre-arranged times). June 23 – Orientation; Introduction to the site and medieval archaeology; Introduction to archaeological field methods. June 25 – July 10 – First Field School Session. July 10 – Midterm Test. July 11-14 – Midterm Break – Field School not in Session. July 15 – August 1 – Second Field School Session. July 30 - Final Examination. August 1 – Last day of the field school and departures.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Clark Spencer Larsen, PhD Gino Fornaciari, MD Giuseppe Vercellotti, PhD Antonio Fornaciari, PhD Francesco Coschino, MPhil
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Bioarchaeological Excavation Osteological Analyses Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
On rain days will there be lab work?
Will there be additional organized activities?
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Is travel restriced during free time?

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Giuseppe Vercellotti, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor Program Coordinator and Instructor Field School Pozzeveri Department of Anthropology The Ohio State University 4034 Smith Laboratory 174 West 18th Ave Columbus, OH 43210

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