Italy, Pisa

Field School Pozzeveri in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

when 18 June 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 8 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee USD 1000

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

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.
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.

Credits info

12 EC
- Earning of 12 (1 session) to 24 (2 sessions) undergraduate ECTS credits through the University of Pisa
- Certificate of participation from the University of Pisa

Fee info

USD 1000: COST FOR A SINGLE SESSION: $2,250 (4 weeks- 12 credits)
COST FOR BOTH SESSIONS: $4,000 (8 weeks – 24 credits)
USD 1250: The cost listed for each session covers meals (MON to FRI: breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation and airport pick-up service (set schedule); registration and tuition with the University of Pisa for 12 CFU credits


Two $500.00 grants sponsored by the University of Pisa are available to meritorious students from developing countries. For the purposes of grant eligibility, “developing Countries” are those defined by the World Bank as Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income an

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