Italy, Assisi, Paestum, Pompeii. Amalfi Coast, Rome

Humanities Spring Archaeology Boot Camp

when 16 July 2017 - 30 July 2017
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1050

Students read, write, think & dream Classical Archaeology. HSABC starts with a five-day orientation in Assisi. Students explore nearby Roman cities and sites and learn in the process to recognize the component parts of a Roman city (its amphitheaters cubicula, mosaics, gates, baths, temples, and more!). They also do research in our HSABC library, which they then present on site to the rest of the group. Then HSABC heads south for intensive, site-specific exploration and study of the ancient Greek city of Paestum and the Roman city of Pompeii, the two classical cities per eccellenza in Italy. Students absorb as much as they can about everything from Latin inscriptions and ancient city-planning, to temple architecture, the history of the domus, and Roman frescoes. Students keep a trip book while they are at HSABC and in collages, sketches, poetry, and prose, record their impressions of what they see. Conversation, both inside the classroom and out, on site, and in museums, is at the heart of the HSABC experience. Our home-base down south is the charming Villa Lucia in Paestum, near the ancient Greek city and a short walk from a beautiful beach; students have time to relax and process the great art and architecture we see and study together. HSABC ends with an optional week-long trip to Rome. (July 26th to August 2nd).

Course leader

Professor Jane Oliensis and Professor Marinella Caputo

Target group

High school and college students interested in archaeology

Course aim

HSABC teaches students to explore on their own, to think like archaeologists, and to develop their own archaeological imaginations and intuitions. It also introduces students to different archaeological methods and techniques, and different styles of writing about great art and architecture of the past.

Fee info

EUR 1050: Fee covers everything -- tuition, room, board, all site and museum fees, tickets to Paestum festival and all other events we attend together, and all traveling expenses within Italy.
EUR 500: Students may also choose to spend an extra HSABC week in Rome, for an additional 500 euros. Fee includes room, board, tuition, as well as all site and museum fees both in Rome and environs (We also make trips to Palestrina and Ostia from Rome).


HSABC offers both work-study and merit scholarships.