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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: CUA, Faculty-Led Areas of Study: Anthropology, History, Medieval & Byzantine Studies
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel, Shared Apartment
Internship Available: No Program Advisor: Grace Schneider
On-Site Language Course Required: No Credits: 3
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:

Archaeology Field School


In this program, students engage in hands-on training on an archaeological excavation. They are given a basic grounding in the methods of archaeological research, the history of early medieval Italy, and the economic structures of the early medieval world. Over the course of this two-week summer trip to Italy, students practice methods of stratigraphic excavation and finds processing, which is supplemented by lectures from leading specialists. Field trips introduce students to key archaeological and historical sites in Tuscany.

Historical Site

Students will work on the excavation of Vetricella, a remarkable early medieval site. The excavation is part of the EU-funded project Origins of a New Economic Union (7th-12th Centuries): Resources, Landscapes and Political Strategies in a Mediterranean Region, investigating the economic and cultural connections linking Italy to the world around it. At various phases in its history, Vetricella hosted a series of workshops, a three ditch enclosure surrounding a stone building, and an earlier wooden palisade fortification. The site has already generated rich finds of pottery, coins, and iron implements. Vetricella offers us a window into the changing economics and culture of early medieval Italy, as this society recovered economically after the transitions attendant on the end of the Roman empire in the West. Students will learn the tools of field archaeology, will work on finds processing and analysis, including in the project's labs at the University of Siena, will hear lectures from specialists in archaeology, history, and geology, and will go on field trips exploring the rich culture, economy, and archaeology of Tuscany, from the Etruscan period to the Middle Ages.

Vetricella Inner Ditch Academics

All students enroll in a 3-credit summer field school:

MDST 555: Summer Archaeology Field School, Summer 2018, 3 credits

The course is co-taught by Professors Jennifer Davis and Lilla Kopár. Some group meeting (in-person or online) may be required prior to departure.


Shared housing is provided at Hotel Residence Borgo degli Olivi. Weekday meals and daily transportation to the archaeological site are included.


See the estimated budget sheet.

  • CUA Tuition for three credits
  • Accommodations
  • Weekday meals
  • Excavation fees and training
  • Daily transportation to and from the excavation site
  • Weekend field trips
  • Pre-departure orientation and advising
  • Transcript for non-CUA participants
Not Included:
  • Airfare
  • Weekend meals
  • Passport or visa expenses
Vetricella Pottery

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.