ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

application deadline: february 25TH FOR SUMMER DIGS, REGULAR DEADLINES FOR fALL OR SPRING

Class/ANth 463 - classical field archaeology
participating in the Campo della Fiera Field school, the Crocifisso del Tufo Project OR the cAVE OF THE WARRIOR PROJECT (six credits)


Campo della Fiera

The project, run by the University of Perugia, under the direction of Prof.ssa Simonetta Stopponi, gives US students the chance to participate into one of the most important archaeological projects in Italy, the site of the Fanum Voltumnae, where the Federal Sanctuary of the Etruscans was located. Participants earn 6 credits (listed as CLASS/ANTH 463 - Classical Field Archaeology) through the University of Arizona - Orvieto Study Abroad Program. The program cost includes tuition, lodging, food (except some meals during the weekends), insurance, steel-toe boots (it does not include airfare). It is possible to combine the Campo della Fiera Archaeological Field school with the Summer or Fall Program of the University of Arizona - Orvieto Study Abroad Program.

Crocifisso del Tufo

The dig takes place in the famous necropolis surrounding the cliff of Orvieto, caracterized by the VI c. B.C.E. etruscan tombs. Five US students are selected to participate, getting 6 credits (listed as CLASS/ANTH 463 - Classical Field Archaeology) through the University of Arizona - Orvieto Study Abroad Program. The program cost includes tuition, lodging, food (except some meals during the weekends), insurance, steel-toe boots (it does not include airfare). It is possible to combine the Crocifisso del Tufo Archaeological Field school with the Summer or Fall program of the University of Arizona - Orvieto Study Abroad Program.

The Cave of the Warrior Project (Fall - Spring)

The dig takes place in one of the numerous man-made caves that were dug thoughout the centuries in the cliff of the city of Orvieto. In this very specific case the monumental underground structure has the shape of a truncated pyramid and an archaeological deposit that can be dated to the second half of the 5th c. B.C.E. The function of the cave is still uncertain but the sealed fill is giving an important amount of archaeological material that ranges from black and gray bucchero ware, imported greek ceramic, amphorae and cooking vessels, decorated architectonical terracottas. Among these last ones there is the figure of a kneeling warrior that gives the name to the cave. The project aims to understand why the cave was filled at that specific time and how the analysis of the finds can shed some light to the 5th c. Etruscan city of Orvieto. More than 5000 animal bones have been recovered and now we have a much clearier idea of the diet of the Etruscans at that time. The dig in this site also allowed the recovery of more than 200 inscriptions on ceramic shards, a very unusual amount for just one dig.        

Students get 6 credits (listed as CLASS/ANTH 463 - Classical Field Archaeology) through the University of Arizona - Orvieto Study Abroad Program.

No previous experience is required, and it is not necessary to be Anthro/Archaeology majors.

For more information about the dig projects, please contact Alba at albafrascarelli@email.arizona.edu, BEFORE YOU APPLY.