Pisa, Italy

Field School Pozzeveri in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology - 2nd Session

when 18 July 2023 - 12 August 2023
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 1000

NOTICE: Due to the persistence of restrictions on student mobility and on-site teaching activities, the Summer School Field School Pozzeveri in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology has to be cancelled for this year.
The Summer School will be held in 2023.
New dates and new application deadline will be published in October 2022.

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy) is an academic program aimed at training students in archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods.
Excavations will take place at the church of “San Pietro a Pozzeveri” in the municipality of Altopascio. Badia Pozzeveri is located approximately 10 miles east of the city of Lucca, capital of the Tuscan province of the same name. San Pietro’s church was once part of a Camaldolese monastery, which was founded in the 11th century on the shores of Lake Bientina. The medieval lake, now entirely dried up, extended between Lucca and the Arno River. The monastery flourished during the 12-13th centuries thanks to its location along the Via Francigena, a major trade and pilgrimage route, which connected France and Northern Europe with Rome throughout the entire Middle Ages. The monastery’s decline started in the 14th century and eventually led to its dissolution in the 15th century. San Pietro’s church remained as the village’s center of worship and is still in use.

Course leader

Prof. Valentina Giuffra

Target group

The course is open to up to 30 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students in archeology, anthropology or allied disciplines from any country and institution.

Course aim

The field school at Badia Pozzeveri is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. The field school is designed to provide participants with knowledge of archaeological field methods, including:

- Survey and excavation
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and informatics
- Bioarchaeological field and research methods
- Recovery, restoration, and analysis of human skeletal remains
- Material culture lab.

Practical, hands-on experience in the field will be complemented by laboratory activity in archaeology and bioarchaeology.
Lectures by the directors and instructors on their research will also provide students with insights in the theory and practice of archaeology and physical anthropology.

Fee info

EUR 1000: Tuition fees
EUR 1000: accomodation


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