Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

Deadline Extended: Italy Conservation Summer Field School

San Gemini Preservation Studies is still accepting applications for their summer 2023 field school in Italy. The deadline for applications is extended to April 15, 2023. There are still spaces in their Archaeological Ceramics and Paper Restoration Programs. Other programs have short waitlists (please contact them or visit our website for details).  

Now in its 23rd year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. They offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in restoration and conservation.   

Session One (June 5 – June 30)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones waitlist

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings 

(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*) 

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy 

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*) 

Book Bindings Restoration 

Introduction to the History and Craft of Bookbindings

Introduction to the Preservation and Preventive Conservation of Books 

(Program includes lectures and practical workshop*) 

Session Two (July 17 – August 11)

Paper Restoration

Introduction to the Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Artwork and Archival Documents 

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*) 

Traditional Painting Techniqueswaitlist

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues 

(Program includes lectures and painting workshop) 

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues 

(Program includes lectures and discussion) 

*Field Projects:

  • Restoration of Porta Tuderte (also known as the San Giovanni City Gate) (13th century) 
  • Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city 
  • Restoration and conservation of artifacts from the Parco del Colosseo and Museo delle Storie di Bergamo 
  • Restoration of the Historic Archives of the Commune di San Gemini
  • Archaeological research of the Roman Baths in the Ancient City of Carsulae 

Short Intersession Program (July 3 – 12)waitlist

Preservation Tour – Italy

A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, with emphasis on the urban and historical development of each town, including specialized visits to places of interest to restorers. 

Fieldwork Opportunity: Gruttiacqua and the Canai-plain of Sant’Antioco/Sardinia

Since 2017, the field project, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Constance von Rüden, is investigating the prehistoric settlement system of the Canai-plain on Sant’Antioco. The islet of Sant’Antioco is situated in the southwest of Sardinia and offers, especially in the southern part around the Canai-plain, an astonishing density of prehistoric and nuragic structures.

The research project is also designed as a teaching excavation, enabling students to document the remains of the so-called nuraghi and other associated structures in and around the Canai-plain and thus learn first practical skills for their future independent research.

CMRAE Summer Petrography Intensive

CMARE invites applications to their new summer intensive course on ceramic petrography. This course is designed for students and early career researchers with some pre-existing knowledge of ceramic petrography who wish to sharpen their analytical skills and implement this technique in their research. The program is an analog to an archaeological field school, but focuses on expanding participants’ knowledge of post-excavation research activities. The program will take placed July 24-August 18, 2023.

Students will spend one month in Boston honing their petrographic skills while getting hands-on training in micro-structural characterization and the identification of technological features as observed in ancient ceramics. The instructors will guide participants through a wide number of laboratory exercises that will build the necessary foundation for the detailed analysis of archaeological ceramic assemblages. Participants are strongly suggested to bring a set prepared thin sections from their own research to analyze during the course. For more information, please visit: web.mit.edu/cmrae/summer.

Interested students should fill out an initial application by March 31st. More details will be provided to accepted applicants.

For questions, please email Dr. Jennifer Meanwell ([email protected]) and Dr. Will Gilstrap ([email protected])

Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy

The San Gemini Preservation Studies is accepting applications to their summer 2023 field school in Italy. Now in its 23rd year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in restoration and conservation.   

Session One (June 5 – June 30)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings 

(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*) 

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy 

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*) 

Book Bindings Restoration 

Introduction to the History and Craft of Bookbindings

Introduction to the Preservation and Preventive Conservation of Books 

(Program includes lectures and practical workshop*) 

Session Two (July 17 – August 11)

Paper Restoration

Introduction to the Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Artwork and Archival Documents 

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*) 

Traditional Painting Techniques

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues 

(Program includes lectures and painting workshop) 

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues 

(Program includes lectures and discussion) 

*Field Projects:

  • Restoration of Porta Tuderte (also known as the San Giovanni City Gate) (13th century) 
  • Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city 
  • Restoration and conservation of artifacts from the Parco del Colosseo and Museo delle Storie di Bergamo 
  • Restoration of the Historic Archives of the Commune di San Gemini
  • Archaeological research of the Roman Baths in the Ancient City of Carsulae 

Short Intersession Program (July 2 – 11)

Preservation Tour – Italy

A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, with emphasis on the urban and historical development of each town, including specialized visits to places of interest to restorers. 

Applications are due March 15, 2023. Students can apply here.

Black Friary Archaeology Field School Summer Opportunity

BF Summer 1 will be available to students in both May and June 2023. Students will be introduced to excavation, post-excavation and survey methods. The course is divided between excavation within the friary/friary precinct, post-excavation, recording and survey. Each student will typically spend one week on each element. The excavation, post-excavation and survey sections will be directed and supervised by Finola O’Carroll and Laura Corrway.

The objective of this course is to train students in setting out a cutting and tying it to the site grid, the use of various tools, methods of excavation, feature recognition, recording using feature sheets, photography, planning and survey.  All students take part in post-excavation processing, including the formation of the written record. The research strategy and previous results which inform the overall excavation plan will be discussed with students, so they can set their work in the overall context of the research framework. Field trips and lectures will introduce the student to the wider landscape and historical context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim. This course is an accredited program from Dundalk Institute of Technology (https://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/1321).

Field trips and in-house and guest lectures will introduce the student to the wider context of the Black Friary, and the town of Trim.

At the end of the four-week course students will:

  • Understand the theory and practice of archaeological excavation, including the single context recording system, site grid, stratigraphy, and the Harris Matrix.
  • Have excavated an archaeological feature.
  • Understand how to fill in context sheets, do scaled drawings, take properly set up photographs, take levels, co-ordinates and document these.
  • Have received an introduction to the digitisation of site plans and drawings
  • Know how to excavate, retrieve, bag and record archaeological objects (artefacts and ecofacts).
  • Have carried out basic environmental sampling.
  • Understand the process of post-excavation analysis by participating in the work.
  • Have processed archaeological finds and know the correct procedures for cleaning and labelling artefacts.

Applications close March 10, 2023. Students can apply here.