Petition to Save Hadrian’s Villa

The Regione Lazio is giving serious consideration to a plan to create a new 400-acre garbage dump very close to Hadrian’s Villa, the World Heritage site near Tivoli, Italy.  A group of concerned scholars and cultural heritage professionals from North America and Europe has posted an online petition to express our strong opposition to the plan. In a few short days, we have gathered over 1,100 signatures. Below are listed some of the people who have already signed and whom you may know.

Articles are starting to appear in the Italian press about our petition, which is being cited with approval by the opposition forces in the battle. These include, among many others, the City of Tivoli and the Italian Ministry of Culture. CBS News has a nice segment about the story which you can view at:

The decision about this irresponsible plan will soon be made. Time is short. Please follow the link below and add your name to our petition:


People you may know who have already signed the petition:  

Andreae, Bernard: Professor für Archäologie, Direktor des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom i. R.

Arnold-Biucchi: Damarete Curato of Ancient Coins, Harvard Art Museums

Bagnall, Roger: Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Bartman, Elizabeth: President, Archaeological Institute of America

Brennan, T. Corey: Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge, Classical School, Accademia Americana in Roma

Chiappetti, Daniela: Presidente del Consiglio II Municipio Comune Roma

Clayman, Dee: Professor of Classicsm Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Past President of the American Philological Association.

Davis, Lindsey: famous author and winner of the 2010 Premio Colosseo of the Comune di Roma (Greenwich, UK)

Degli Esposti, Lorenzo: Direttore, Architectural & Urban Forum, Milano

Ebbinghaus, Susanne: Curator of Ancient Art, Harvard University Art Museums

Furtwängler, Andreas: Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Halle (Germany); son of the conductor Adolf Furtwängler

Giuliani, Fulvio Cairoli: Professore Emerito, Università Roma Sapienza. Professor Giuliani is the world’s foremost  expert on Roman building technique. He has worked for many decades at Villa Adriana.

Gruen, Erich: Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, University of California, Berkeley

Hupperetz, Wim: Director, Allard Pierson Archaeological Museum, Amsterdam

Meier, Richard: Architect and Pritzger Prize Winner

Quilici, Lorenzo: Professore Ordinario, Dipartimento di Archeologia, Università di Bologna. Prof. Quilici is the foremost authority on the archaeology of Lazio in antiquity.

Reggiani, Anna Maria: Former Soprintendente, Soprintendenza Archeologica per il Lazio

Rose, C. Brian: Director, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania; former President, Archaeological Institute of America

Sandberg, Kaj: Former Director, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae

Smith, Christopher: Director, British School at Rome

Stanish, Charles: Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA

Vidler, Anthony: Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union (New York)

Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew: Master of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge; former Director of the British School at  Rome

Zeitlin, Froma: Professor Emerita, Department of Classics, Princeton University

Santa Clara University Field School in Historical Archaeology

 June 21‐July 25, 2012 Santa Clara, California

The 2012 Santa Clara University summer field school in historical archaeology offers students hands‐on training in archaeological methods in the heart of Silicon Valley. Students will learn skills including site mapping, archaeological excavation, field recording, and basic laboratory procedures through an investigation into the historic cultural landscape directly north of the Santa Clara campus. Excavations will focus on areas known to have housed Native Americans who lived and worked at the Spanish colonial mission of Santa Clara de Asís. More recent deposits including those related to an early German immigrant community will likely also be encountered.


$3000 for 4 units of credit; cost includes on‐ campus housing but not food.*

For more information or an application:

Contact Dr. Lee Panich at [email protected]

*Students not requiring housing, or who wish to earn fewer credits, may enroll at a lower cost.

Italy Preservation Field School – Buildings, Art, Ceramics and Paper – deadline 3/15

DEADLINE: March 15, 2012 

The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 13th year,  is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. The courses offered are listed below:

Building Restoration* (May 20th thru Jun 16th, 2012)

Introduction to Art and Building Restoration in Italy

Surveying and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Ceramics Restoration (May 20th thru Jun 16th, 2012)

Introduction to Conservation of Archeological Ceramics

Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy 

Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 1st thru July 28th, 2012)

Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging

Restoration Issues and Theory in Italy

Paper Restoration (July 1st thru July 28th, 2012)

Introduction to Paper Restoration

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the Porta Burgi

Surveying the 12th Century San Giovanni Battista Church complex

Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae 

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit their WEBSITE.

Courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

UMass Amherst Field School at Akko: Archaeology, Conservation, and Heritage

UMass Amherst Field School  at Akko: Archaeology, Conservation, and Heritage

The Anthropology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is offering a 6-credit field school in Akko, Israel. Students can choose to focus on archaeological excavation, field survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies, public archaeology, or underwater archaeology/science diving. 

Located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko (Acre) is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological field school. Akko was first settled 5000 years ago, and throughout its history Akko has served as a major trading center for the region. During the Bronze and Iron Ages, Akko appeared prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical, and Biblical documents.

The UMass archaeological field school at Akko is led by Michael Sugerman. The larger Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project is co-directed by Ann Killebrew of Pennsylvania State University, and Michal Artzy of Haifa University.

Balkan Heritage Field School

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is currently accepting applications from students, scholars and volunteers for eight field school projects in 2012 including four Archaeology Excavation Projects, Workshops on Ancient Greek and Roman Pottery, Workshop for Conservation of Roman Mosaics, and a “Fresco-hunting” Photo Expedition, with a wide variety of periods from the Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6200-5500 BC) through the Archaic Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods to the Medieval and Late Medieval ages.
Thanks to the partnership with the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6 academic credits (for the two-week projects) and 9 academic credits (for the four-week projects) will be granted upon request to students who attend to these projects.

Affiliated partner institutions/organizations: New Bulgarian University, Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol (Bulgaria), Youth Cultural Center – Bitola, National Institute of Stobi, National Institute and Museum – Bitola (Macedonia), Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Nanterre (France), Queen’s University (Canada).  Balkan Heritage (BH) Field School (est. 2003) functions as a legal part of Balkan Heritage Foundation – a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It implements various educative projects in the areas of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, Art History, Restoration and Conservation of artefacts and monuments, Fine Arts and Theology with participation of students, scholars and volunteers from all over the world. The Balkan Heritage Mission is to support study, protection, restoration and promotion of sites, artefacts and practices belonging or related to the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Europe.


An expedition for documentation of medieval frescoes preserved in abandoned churches and chapels in remote areas of Western Bulgaria. The task of the expedition envisioned for 2012 is to enhance the database created during the previous seasons by documenting frescoes and their condition as well as collecting new data on history, architecture, artefacts and environment of the ecclesiastical buildings they belong to. In 2012, for the first time the “Fresco Hunting” Photo Expedition will expand the existing iconographic schemes of imaging the Medieval Churches in Western Bulgaria by adopting Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Near Infrared Reflectroscopy (IRR).Standard Field School Session: 12 – 26 May 2012 Extended Field School Session: 12 May – 2 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9


Excavations of one of the very first Neolithic settlements in Europe (6200-5500 BC), near Ilindentsi, Southwestern Bulgaria. Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 17 June – 1 July, 2012Session 2: 2 – 16 July, 2012 Academic credits available for students: up to 9 new project


The workshop will guide the participants through  the history, techniques and consequent stages of archaeological study, conservation and documentation of Roman and Late Roman (first – sixth century AD) mosaics. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic Roman mosaics / mosaic fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi – the capital of Macedonia Secunda. Dates: 16 – 29 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6


The workshop will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards. Dates: 16 – 29 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6 HERACLEA LYNCESTIS EXCAVATIONSExcavations of the ancient (Hellenistic, Roman, Late Roman) town of Heraclea Lyncestis in Bitola, Macedonia.
Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 30 June – 14 July, 2012
Session 2: 15 – 29 July, 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9 


Excavations at the sacred precinct (temenos) of the Ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Periods of occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek and Early Byzantine (seventh – fifth century BC and fifth – seventh century AD). Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 1 – 15 August 2012
Session 2: 16 – 30 August 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9 


Excavations of the impressive ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Macedonia. Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 29 July – 12 August 2012
Session 2: 13 – 27 August 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9


The workshop will guide the participants through the history of ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study, and restoration. It will take place in Emona and Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Black sea coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Ancient Greek shards.Dates: 3 – 16 September, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6

Detailed Course Syllabus of each Balkan Heritage Field School Project is available upon request! For more information please contact the BHFS Admissions Officer via e-mail at: [email protected] !

Detailed information about all Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2012 is available on their website at: !  On-line applications can be submitted at:

If you would like to request a poster of the Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2012 (hard copies and a printable pdf version available in size A3), please reply to this email, specifying your postal / email address!If you do not wish to receive any more e-mails from the Balkan Heritage Field School, please reply to this e-mail with subject “unsubscribe”

Kind regards,
Anna Parmakova
BH Admissions Office
Admissions Office
Balkan Heritage Field School
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BG-6004 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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