Fieldwork Opportunity: “la Biagiola” Archaeology fieldschool 2017

“la Biagiola” Summer School, Archaeological Fieldwork in Sovana di Sorano (GR) Tuscany, Italy for summer 2017.

An exciting seven-week program uncovering ancient Etruscan, Roman, and Lombard civilization!

The “la Biagiola” program is open to any archaeology or anthropology students, or simply to students interested in learning more about the subject. We provide an exciting opportunity for a first-hand experience in archaeological fieldwork. You’ll take part in the exploration of an ancient site in Tuscany, working alongside expert archaeologists and foreign students.

The school also provide a complete formation in standing building archaeology, survey and medieval castles studies. This program is offered in collaboration with the cultural heritage office of Tuscany, the regional authority that manages archaeological sites and monuments. In addition to the archaeological experience, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural sites, historic monuments, and natural sites of Tuscany.

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Fieldwork Opportunity: School of Archaeology in Abruzzo (Italy)

School of Archaeology  in Abruzzo (Italy) – summer program 2017

A new call for applications is now open for the summer program of the Archaeological School in Abruzzo (Italy) 2017 organized by University of Pisa.

After the positive results obtained in the previous years, also this year the university of Pisa with the important collaboration of the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Abruzzo and with the support of other centers and Universities: University of Lecce, ICCOM-CNR U.O.S. of Pisa and INGV of Rome has chosen to continue supporting this summer program.

The aim of the school is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experiences and field activities.

This program is a new approach in studying and understanding of ancient civilizations and offers its participants a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of archaeology. The school gives to the students the opportunity to  work in two different excavations and practise different archaeological research methods. With this program, students will gain the skills and a deeper knowledge of the archaeology from the prehistoric to the roman period.

The school will last from July 9th to August 6th 2017
The registration deadline is May 3th 2017

Each participant will earn 10 undergraduate credits and a certificate of participation through the University of Pisa.

Costs includes all the school activities, accommodation and meals.
We would appreciate if you could share the information about our program with your  students
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Fieldwork Opportunity: The Apolline Project


The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples, and the Apennines. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on the Suburban Baths of Pompeii, a post-79 Roman villa with baths on the northern slope of Mt. vesuvius, and the Roman city of Aeclanum, along the Via Appia in inland Campania. The results gained so far have been presented worldwide and published in an edited book and in several articles, which you can download (

The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its Spring/Summer 2017 lab and field activities, which can be divided into: dig at the ancient city of Aeclanum, boot camp of human osteology, study of the pottery assemblages from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii and the late antique villa in Pollena Trocchia, and courses on epigraphy, geophysics, and restoration!
For the Spring classes on pottery study and restoration, participants will have the opportunity to spend additional time before and after the program at the project’s accommodations for no additional charge in order to better explore the region.

For the Summer study season at the late antique villa in Pollena Trocchia, a select number of scholarships to participants are offered.

For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit:

Fieldwork Opportunity: Messors Educational Workshops

Messors Educational Workshops

Preservation of food culture, cultural heritage and Byzantine sites in Puglia region, Italy

Culinary & Shepherding. The connection between food, culture, and landscape.
June 1 – 8, 2017

The Rhythms and the Connections between Food, Culture, and Landscape.

The program offers an opportunity for understanding and learning about the Mediterranean culinary culture and improving its conservation.

The workshop goes to the core of the people and the love for their food and their land.

Explore the food culture shaped by millennia of migrations on the paths of transhumance and the trading route of the ancient Via Appia.

Seek the food provenance of Puglia and Basilicata. Experience the pace of the pastures and make cheese with the shepherd and his family. Explore the rupestrian cave dwellings, where a food culture has been crafted over centuries, spanning from the Greek and Roman influence thru the Byzantine monks to the current shepherd and his plight to preserve his way of life. Celebrate the durum wheat of the Murgian plains and its modern farmers committed to the crop. The agricultural cycle of planting and harvesting. Bake the crusty DOP bread of Altamura prized by Horace in his 1st century BC. odes. Venture through limestone rooted centenarian olive orchards for olive oil tasting to learn the fundamentals of real olive oil, its cultivars, and ancient origins. Source the daily catch from the Adriatic port and prepare dinner at the fishermen house on the cove.

Cook, eat, share and exchange with friends and families. Get close to the people and the local dialect over long table dinners and picnic in the fields with unique regional wines.
Live in the land of the masserie, the fortified farmhouses and cave settlements that represent in Puglia the sum of labor, bounty, and beauty.

The venerated cuisine of the Mediterranean has been created and re-created through the course of history by geography, social customs, migration and the mythical and religious universe wrapped around ‘eating’. The food culture is inclusive of ‘lifestyle’ which upholds traditional methods of farming and fishing and nurtures the practice of family meals, and social festivities.
The workshop is led by Puglian native Tonio Creanza, the Founder and Director of Messors, along with his colleagues of local farmers, cheese makers, shepherds, historians, restauranteurs, etc.
Tonio grew up on his family farm tending to durum wheat, vineyards, and olive tree cultivation in the historical and archeological rich setting of Puglia. As a cultural heritage conservator and 6th generation olive oil producer, his knowledge and passion for food and history is echoed in the workshops he has been running for the past 25 years. The hands-on and in-situ approach of the workshops creates an enriching living school model and culturally connecting experiences for travelers and locals.
The session is open to a group of maximum 14 participants.

Art Restoration Workshop Fresco & Canvas.
June 13-28

The Art Restoration and Conservation workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn about the history of the region, conservative methods, and techniques, while contributing to the conservation of the rich art and cultural heritage of Southern Italy.

After the introduction to the methods of conservation and restoration of art and antiquities through practical hands-on work and lectures that is applicable to all fields or art restoration, -in the second week, participants may choose to have a focus whether it be fresco or canvas.

The Frescoes that are worked on and studied are part of the rupestrian Byzantine cave settlements located in the Alta Murgia area, which include the Masseria (“farmhouse”) of Jesce, the Masseria of Carpentino, the Masseria of Fornello, dating from 12th to 16th century.

In these rural settings, the ipogei settlements (underground habitations) represented important centres of social and religious activities. The communities of this area created their own cultural identity, finding artistic expression in works of religious iconographic art. Between the 8th and the 12th centuries, small monastic and lay communities emigrated to Southern Italy. This area was one of the places of major activity due to it being the point of contact between two religious currents: the Latin Monastic tradition and the Basilian monks from Cappadocia (Turkey) and Armenia, of Greek Orthodox origin.

Participants will also create their own frescoes employing traditional techniques and materials- from making the plaster, sinopia underdrawings, and paint with natural pigments.

Paintings on canvas are provided by local churches and private collectors and will be worked on onsite at Masseria La Selva. Participants will be introduced to examples of 17th to 19th centuries paintings that are unique to the history of the Altamurgia region.

After introductions which are common to all areas, participants may choose a specific area of focus. The workshops are complemented by seminars in Art History, Geomorphological Studies and Byzantine Iconography and include several site visits: Sassi of Matera (Unesco World Heritage site), the Rupestral Churches Park, museums and art exhibitions, Altamura, Gravina, Botromagno, an Adriatic coastal town, Bari Department of Antiquity Lab, Pompeii and Napoli.

Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project.
July 3 – 14; July 19 – 30

The Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project focuses on the site in its early days of research and cultural landscape conservation. The program is an opportunity for experiencing a wide spectrum of elements and aspects involved in cultural heritage preservation, as well as implementing conversations around sustainable preservation and the positive impact of these programs on local communities.

The site of Fornello is made up of a Byzantine fresco cave, twelve additional cave dwellings, and evidence of a settlement dating back to the 3rd century B.C.

The ancient settlement includes a shepherd’s house that dates to the 1700s and dry-stone courtyards that outline a pre-existing sheep farm. It is one of the most interesting and historically important sites in the Murgia region of Puglia. The frescoes are comprised of three layers that date to 1100, 1200, and 1350. The fresco paintings document a link and a time in history when Byzantine communities spreading from the Balkans were establishing themselves in Puglia in the rupestrian settlement.

The aim of the project is the complete restoration of the historical landscape, highlighting the importance of the site by converging interests and actions toward the preservation of the original settlement as well as promoting sustainable living practices.

Through hands-on activities, educational workshops and lectures on food anthropology and history of biodiversity related to the production of cheese, bread and wine, the project aims to support and promote the local agro-pastoral community, the history and the heritage of the local food culture practices, strongly bound to the geomorphological characteristics and climate of the region.

The goal is to restore the site to the point in which it can function as its original settlement: as cave dwellings, a place of congregation, sheep milk collection, cheese making and cheese cave aging, wine storage.

Once restored, local shepherds will be offered the site to use as their own as a milk collective and caves to age their cheeses.

Throughout the 12-day workshop session, you will be a part of the restoration and continuation of a historically significant site. You will learn the art of dry-stone-wall techniques, be introduced to practices of fresco restoration and the history of Byzantine Frescoes. During your time there you will be given instruction on archeological methods, techniques, and documentation while operating in a historic site. Also, time will be dedicated engaging in the culturally rich areas of southern Italy by partaking in lectures, learning about traditions of the area, make cheese and visiting historical towns and sites of the region.

The workshops is open to a group of maximum 14 participants.

For inquiry and registration, please email to

Watch for the upcoming documentary ”Shepherds in the Cave”. The documentary followed us during our Fornello workshop in the summer of 2015. Shepherds in the Cave has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (Lafayette, Lousiana) and has been selected to screen at the Royal Anthropological Institute RAI Film Festival taking place in Bristol (UK) from 29 March to 1 April 2017. The film has been selected for the Archaeology and Material Culture Film category.

CFP: AIA 2018

The 2018 AIA/SCS Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from January 4-7 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The online submission system is now open. We encourage everyone to review the full Call for Papers (available at prior to submitting. Submission forms can be accessed at

Deadline for Submissions
As in past years, all colloquium sessions must be submitted by the first round of deadlines in March. Workshops and open session submissions may be submitted to meet either the March deadlines (if an early decision is needed to acquire a visa or obtain funding) or the second set of deadlines in August. The full submission system will be open through August 20, 2017. Lightning Session and Roundtable proposals will be accepted through November 1, 2017.

  • First Deadline: Sunday, March 12th and Sunday, March 26th (with $25 fee)
  • Second Deadline: Sunday, August 6th and Sunday, August 20th (with $25 fee)

All submissions must be made electronically by means of the online submission system via the AIA website. All submissions, of course, must pass the PAMC’s vetting process to be put onto the program. The online submission forms and supporting documents are available on the AIA website.

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