Fieldwork Opportunity: Apolline Project in Naples

Call for participants – Spring break classes and Summer Fieldwork

Call for participants – Spring break classes, Summer boot camp in physical anthropology, and an excavation of a Roman villa with baths on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

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. The project has been active since 2004 with several components. Our current work focuses on two sites; a Medieval church and a Roman villa – complete with baths – buried by volcanoclastic debris from Mt Vesuvius.

The Apolline Project is now welcoming applications for the 2013 lab and field activities. These are organized into three projects and participants are invited to participate on one, two or all three if they wish. Lab work will take place during Spring break while summer fieldwork will be carried out at the Roman villa and baths in Pollena Trocchia. Finally, there will be a summer boot camp in Human Osteology at the Medieval church in Pernosano.

For further information, please visit our website at

Thank you for your time,
Shannon Davis
Secretary for the Apolline Project

Fieldwork Opportunity: Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae

Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae

June 16 – July 27, 2013


We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.


Project and Location  

Carsulae was a Roman city that developed in the late third century BCE along the Via Flaminia, approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome in modern Umbria. The major public buildings of Carsulae were excavated from 1950 to 1970, but most of the ancient city still lies undisturbed in what is now a beautiful archaeological park. The current excavation of the public baths at Carsulae began in 2004.  We plan to dedicate the 2013 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof, and also to developing a longterm plan for the conservation and partial restoration of the bath complex.



The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard in rigorous conditions.  Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, handling and conservation of artifacts, drafting of site plans and analytical rendering.


Cost and Credit  

The cost is $850.00 per week. This includes a shared room as well as breakfast daily, lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment is provided. We ask all students and volunteers to participate for a minimum of three weeks.  Students interested in receiving credit for the program should contact us for further information.


Accommodations and Meals  

We stay at the Albergo Duomo (three or four people to a room) in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae.  All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless internet.  Meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel.



Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 5 am to noon. After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day’s finds and sometimes attending classes, expert lectures, or working with our conservators. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available.


For further details and to apply:



Inquiries may be sent to [email protected].

Fieldwork Opportunity: San Gemini Preservation Studies Program – Application deadline 3/15

The summer 2013 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 14th year,  is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2013.

The courses offered are listed below:

Building Restoration* (May 26th thru June 22nd, 2013)

Introduction to Art and Building Restoration in Italy

Surveying and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Ceramics Restoration (May 26th thru June 22nd, 2013)

Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics

Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation


(NEW) Book Bindings Restoration* (May 26th thru June 22nd, 2013)

Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings
Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings

Paper Restoration* (July 7th thru August 3rd, 2013)

Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents


Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 7th thru August 3rd, 2013)

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

Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy


Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy (July 7th thru August 3rd, 2013)

Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory


*Field Projects:

Restoration of the Porta Burgi (12th Century city gate in San Gemini)

Surveying the 12th Century San Giovanni Battista Church complex

Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae

San Gemini Historic Archives Project (restoration and digitalization of 16-18 Century archival material)


To find out more about the project’s programs and to review the syllabi, please visit their website.

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

Fieldwork Opportunity: Tell Timai Project Conservation Field School, Egypt

Tell Timai, the ancient city of Thmouis, is a rare example of a well-preserved Graeco-Roman City in the Egyptian Nile Delta. The urban center is nearly complete and offers an exceptional opportunity to study all aspects of life, business, religion, and administration during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Mudbrick architecture is rarely preserved in the Delta, making Tell Timai a unique piece of Egyptian history. Unfortunately the site is under considerable threat from encroachment, erosion, and looting. The Tell Timai Project of the University of Hawaii has embraced the concepts of Research, Conservation, and Education and undertaken the tasks of studying the city and saving it as an important piece of Egyptian patrimony and world history. The ultimate goal is to develop a site worthy of drawing tourism to the infrequently visited Eastern Delta and combining the site with neighboring Pharaonic Mendes to help the Egyptian government prepare the sites and propose the Mendes-Thmouis Archaeological Zone as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Tell Timai Project Conservation Field School (TTPCFS) is a new education initiative that has as its primary goal to bring Egyptian conservators and scholars together with their international colleagues in order to exchange knowledge and methods and to train students and inspectors in the latest methods and procedures for artifact analysis, conservation, and digital archiving. The TTCPFS will include classroom learning and a rare opportunity to work with recently excavated artifacts from Tell Timai . The practicums will include a high ratio of professional conservators working side by side with the students to teach techniques of restoration and conservation. Restoration of the buildings of Thmouis is paramount to preparing the site of World Heritage status, but it is also one of the most poorly understood areas of architectural restoration.

16 July to 14 August 2013

Course fee covering room and board and in-country transportation is $4000.
Some support may be available.
For those registered in the Tell Timai Excavation Field School (June 5-July 12 2013) the Conservation School fee is $2000.

Contact: Dr. Jay Silverstein, [email protected]
AIA Announcement :

Petition to Save Byzantine Center of Thessaloniki

Recent rescue excavations conducting by the Greek Archaeological Service at the historical center of Thessaloniki, Greece, due to the construction of Metro, revealed significant evidence of the city’s urban life at 6th – 9th century: the monumental Gate placed at the crossroad of the marble paved avenue (ca. 76 m in length), framed by public buildings, with the road leading to the harbor. These extraordinary finds constitute a unique evidence of the social, commercial, and everyday life in early byzantine Thessaloniki. The decision by the State of removing this rare piece of world heritage at an ex-army camp undermines the essence of the unmovable archaeological monument according to the Greek and International Law. Consider what will be the Eifel Tower or the Big Ben removed from their original place? Please sign up and vote in order to save this irreplaceable monument. There are technical solutions to preserve and place it straight to heart of Thessaloniki’s modern life.

To be delivered to:
The President of the Hellenic Republic, The Prime Minister of Greece, The Greek Parliament, The Greek Ministry of Culture, The EU Parliament, UNESCO