Archaeological Fieldwork in Tuscany (ATS2344/3344) is a 2nd or 3rd year 12 credit point unit offered at Monash Prato Centre from the 1st to 24th July 2014 as part of the winter semester 2014.
The program offers a unique opportunity for students to study the archaeology of the Etruscans and to learn the basic methodology of archaeological excavations working on a real excavation site in the spectacular Tuscan countryside while delving into the mysteries of Etruscan culture in Italy.
In the beginning students will visit important museums and sites between Rome and Florence in order to familiarise with the Etruscan heritage of central Italy. This will include the necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, and a series of ancient tombs that characterise the hilly landscape around Prato.
The students will then spend two and half weeks in the field on the Etruscan site of Pietramarina, dating to the 7th century BCE. The fortress of Pietramarina probably functioned as a watch point; its location offers an advantageous viewpoint over the valley of the Arno River and over the northern shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea controlling access and trade passing through to the upper valley of the Arno to and from the Apennine range.
Regardless of the intense rhythm of work in the field, all students who have participated in the program have been enthusiastic and enjoyed the archaeological activities as well as the pleasant location of the site, immersed within a natural reserve characterised by a secular forest of Quercus ilex, the Holm Oak.
The Archaeological group will meet in Rome on the morning of Monday 30 June 2014.
Estimated total cost: $2500 (to be confirmed)
Breakdown: $500 application fee (to be paid at time of application) and estimated balance of $2000 (exact amount to be confirmed) due during April 2014.
For further information on this program, please contact Andrea Di Castro on firstname.lastname@example.org
Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany’, July 2010.
This image shows students working on the excavation of Pietramarina, an Etruscan walled settlement dated from around the 7th century BCE to the early imperial Roman period.
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