Italy, Vada, Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno

Vada Volaterrana Archaeological Field School

when 4 July 2016 - 23 July 2016
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1920

Training students is, together with carrying out scientific researches, the main aim of our project; during three weeks the Summer School’s students will practice with all the different activities an archaeologist usually does into the field and in the lab, from the discovery of a new site until its stratigraphic excavation and study.
The experience we propose will consist of the three following steps:
Survey in the low Cecina Valley (ager Volaterranus). Methodology of the survey and landscape archaeology.
Non-destructive diagnostic techniques applied to the archaeological research (in particular the georadar surveys conducted by Dr. A. Ribolini Dipartimento Scienze della Terra, UNIPI).
Stratigraphic excavations of the buildings of the harbour quarter of Vada Volaterrana: lessons in methodology and practical digging activities. The students, apart from the correct excavation methodology, will learn the procedures of photographic documentation and drawing, with practice in the use of the Total Station and CAD software.
Classification of the buildings and finds, in particular in an Ancient Pottery Laboratory, including typological and technical-archaeometric analyses and drawing of the finds.
Digital management of the documentation. The students will feed the collected data into a database linked with a GIS system.
Visits to museums and archaeological areas (Pisa, Volterra, Firenze, Luni).

Course leader

Prof. Arturo Marzano
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Prof. Menchelli Simonetta
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Target group

The field school at the site of Vada Volaterrana is focused on Roman archaeology and welcomes high school students and students in archaeology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, enrolled in programs related with this topic.

No prerequisites are requested for the field school; students will be trained for all the activities they’ll experience.

Credits info

6 EC
In order to enable students to obtain credits from their Universities, the Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa will issue signed certificates for all the activities made during the Field School, specifying type and hours, for 6 Pisa Univ. credits.

Fee info

EUR 1920: These fees will cover transports from and to the site, housing, meals, excavation, laboratory equipment, and staff costs.
There are no application fees.
International travel to Italy is not included in these fees and is the students’ sole responsibility.

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