Field Techniques in Classical Archaeology - Italy

Four people recovering remains from the ground

Department of History and Classics


June 16 - July 6, 2019


Vacone, Italy - located about 40 miles north of Rome

Class Details

Techniques of Classical Field Archaeology
CLASS 475 A LBL 800, CLASS 475 B LBL 800


Advanced Field Techniques in Classical Archaeology
CLASS 476 A LBL 800, CLASS 476 B LBL 800


Studies in Classical Archaeology I and II
CLASS 601 SEM 800 and CLASS 602 SEM 800

Course description

The 2019 field school in Italy operates at the Roman villa in the town of Vacone, located about 40 miles north of Rome. The Vacone villa has evidence of Republican, Imperial, and post-antique occupation and activity. The villa has been excavated since 2012 under the auspices of the international Upper Sabina Tiberina Project.

By participating in this field school, you will learn about Roman archaeology by doing it! You will have the opportunity to find material objects that have not been seen or touched since the Roman period - objects that will contribute to our knowledge about Roman life, culture and history. This course is designed for people with an interest in the ancient world, and with archaeology more generally. No previous experience is necessary; there are no prerequisites.

As part of your training you will learn excavation techniques; site recording (including 3D modelling); the handling, processing and preserving of site materials, such as mosaics, painted wall plaster, pottery, human remains and small finds. You will also learn about post-excavation management, including the drawing and study of artefacts.

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Accommodation and travel

Field school participants will live in an agriturismo (a kind of country hotel and restaurant), called Le Colline, located very close to the Vacone villa site (less than 2 kilometres). Le Colline has rooms for two to four people, each with a separate bathroom. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Italy.

Please note: If you are not a current University of Alberta student, you have to apply to Open Studies to be registered in this course.