Sicily - Ciminna (PA), Italy

Pizzo Archaeology Field School

when 4 July 2016 - 30 July 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 3000

This field school will be directed by the Soprintendenza di Palermo in collaboration with Genesis, a non profit organization that is managing the field schools, and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). The field school will be on:

-Methodology and techniques of excavation.
- History and Archaeology of Sicily.
- Pottery drawing.
- Greek and Roman Pottery.
- Indigenous pottery (Sican/Elymian)
- Arab-Norman pottery.
- Field Survey.
- Post excavation analyses.

The site is "The Pizzo of Ciminna", near Palermo (Sicily). It is an"Indigenous Hellinzed" site, where excavations were carried out by Birkbeck College, University of London and Scuola di Specializzazione di Matera, from 2001 to 2005, bringing to light structures on three terraces that could be related to a sacred area. The material culture is mainly dated to the 4th-3rd centuries BC. The excavation will try to find out more about this area.
Students will be involved in all activities of the dig as well as selecting and preparing finds for their exhibition in the local Museum, managed by Genesis.
Students will also interact with local students of the community to increase and improve relationships and their awareness of the heritage they have.
The course will be mainly in English , but Italian will also be spoken for those who want to improve their Italian.

Course leader

Andrea Masi is responsable for the Field School.

Target group

Open to 10 max 15 participants. Open to anybody who loves archaeology and history but above all to undergraduates and gradutes in Archaeology or subjects related to Heritage.

Course aim

Our aim is to give students in archaeology the opportunity to improve their digging skills and their English. This will make them more competitive on the work market and have more opportunities to find a job in archaeology. The involvement of MOLA, Museum of London Archaeology, one of the best training teams in the world, will assure top quality training standards.

Credits info

We will handout certificates of partecipation that your Departments could or should accept and change into credits. Ask your Head of Department for confirmation.

Fee info

EUR 3000: The fee covers all the costs of food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accomodation (in flats or houses), pick up and drop off at airport, transport to and from the site, insurance on site, safety work boots, archaeological site manual, 3-4 visits to Sicilian archaeological sites, Segesta, Selinus, Mothia, Akragas.
It also includes weekend meals.
It does not cover personal expenses.