Italy, Regione Abruzzo

Summer School of Archaeology

when 11 July 2016 - 9 August 2016
duration 5 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 2150

The Archaeology summer school organized by Università di Pisa and Soprintendenza Archeologia dell’Abruzzo is a great opportunity to broaden and deepen their own knowledge of European archaeology with particular reference to Italy.
Students will receive intensive cross-disciplinary training , with lectures, site visits and participation to excavation activities and laboratory so that they will develop the basic framework of knowledge and skills for their future professional work in archaeology.
The field activity will be carried out in two different places: the neolithic site of Santo Stefano (Ortucchio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo) and the roman site of Alba Fucens (Massa d'Albe, L'Aquila, Abruzzo).
The programme is 4 week course.
The Programme
The course will be of 4 weeks including a series of lectures that will take turns to laboratory activities and those of digging in the sites of S. Stefano (AQ) and Alba Fucens (AQ), providing students with adequate theoretical and methodological knowledge.
Lectures will focus on :
 method and techniques of archaeology
 geomorphological and landscape analysis of sites
 Itc applications on archaeological data
 archeometry
 prehistoric archaeology
 roman archaeology
 Experimental archaeology
Laboratory activities will allow students to develop their competence on :
 Procedures for cleaning, consolidation, restoration, labelling, inventory and cataloguing of materials
 Graphic, photographic and written documentation
 the digital processing of the acquired data
The field-activity will take place in two sites very different for history and type of evidences, allowing participants to try two different experiences of digging. This is extremely important for the acquisition of composite archaeological knowledge.
S.Stefano (5800-5400 B.C.) is an open air site, situated in the South-East corner of Fucino basin. In the site have been found evidence relevant to a very important settlement that, on the basis of materials and radiocarbon dates, is attributable to the Impressed Wear culture of Adriatic early Neolithic.
Alba Fucens was an ancient town at the foot of Monte Velino, founded by the Romans as a Latin colony in 304 b. C. The heyday of the city occurred during the imperial age, when Alba could benefit from the economic increase due to the drainage of the Fucino lake.

Course leader

Prof. Giovanna Radi
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Dott. Cristiana Petrinelli Pannocchia
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Target group

Our programme is principally orientated towards those wishing to supplement academic studies on archaeology like undergraduate, graduate students and faculty members. Nevertheless the school welcomes to a limited number of interested adults.

Course aim

The aim of this programme is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issue. The school will provide all participant a deep Knowledge of European archaeology with particular focus on Italian archaeology.

Credits info


Fee info

EUR 2150: These fees will cover transports from and to the site, housing, meals, excavation, laboratory equipment, classroom lessons and staff costs. Any other expenses not specified among those covered by support fees, it is charged to the single participant.

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