Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

2012 Summer Programs at the American Academy in Rome

Throughout most of its history the American Academy in Rome has sponsored summer programs. Consistent with the Academy’s mission, these programs are intended to provide American scholars, teachers and academically advanced students the opportunity to experience and draw upon the resources of Rome. The four programs being offered in 2012 are listed below. Click here for full program details.

Classical Summer School
18 June – 27 July 2012
This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.
Application deadline: 13 January 2012 More information

Summer Program in Archaeology
4 June – 24 July 2012
Since 1991, this program has provided graduate students in all areas of Classical studies with an overview of current developments in archaeological method and theory, focusing on ancient Italy and the ancient Mediterranean world. The seven-week course teaches participants the objectives and methods of archaeology through instruction and hands-on experience in active archaeological research.
Application deadline: 15 January 2012 More information

The Howard Comfort, FAAR’29, Summer Program in Roman Pottery
11 June – 8 July 2012
This four-week program is designed to present the basics of Roman pottery studies, which can be gained only through direct contact with ceramic assemblages. As Rome had the most diversified pottery supply among sites in the ancient world, the AAR is well placed, through its own collections and other material deposited there, to teach the subject.
Application deadline: 15 January 2012 More information

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
“Communication, Empire, and the City of Rome”
25 June – 27 July 2012
This program is designed for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies and other organizations may be eligible. Participants work with leading scholars on a given topic in the humanities with the goal of furthering their teaching and scholarship.
Application deadline: 1 March 2012 More information

Field School: Introduction to Archaeology, Cyprus

Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice  will be running an Introduction to Archaeology course based near Paphos, Cyprus in Spring 2012. The course will take place in the idyllic village of Lemba, located approximately 6km from the historic centre of Paphos. The village has a rich and varied history and has beautiful views west over the Mediterranean, the perfect place to enjoy a sunset!

The course will run over 5 days from Mon 26th to Fri 30th March or Mon 2nd to Fri 6th April and aims to provide an introduction to archaeology as a whole, using Cyprus as a case study.

The course will include:

◦Introductory seminars on the study of archaeology
◦Seminars and lectures on the prehistory of Cyprus, from the Neolithic up until the Roman period
◦The opportunity to study artefacts uncovered from local excavations
◦Lessons in how to draw and record archaeological sites and artefacts
◦Archaeological photography
◦Tours to prehistoric sites in the region from the Neolithic to the Broze Age, including a trip to the World Heritage site of the Tombs of the Kings, and the marvellous Paphos museum.

More information available at

Excavation of the Roman Baths at Carsulae, and Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics

We’re announcing 2 field projects in Italy this summer that would be of interest to archaeologists, classicists, and museum curators:

1. Excavation of the Roman Baths at Carsulae

June 12 – July 23, 2011

This is the sixth season of excavations of the Roman Baths at the ancient city of Carsulae. The Roman city, founded along the via Flaminia in the late third century BCE, is located near the town of San Gemini. The area has been associated with healing waters since pre-Roman times. Field school includes:  archaeological excavation, various methods of excavation documentation and handling and processing of artifacts.

 Contact: Jane Whitehead, excavation director and professor at Valdosta State University,

Further information:

2. Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics – Classes and Workshops

May 23 – June 18, 2011

The course aims to give basic knowledge and hands on experience in the field archaeological ceramics conservation. Through classroom and workshop sessions the participants will be introduced to the following skills: categorizing, organizing and storage of sherds; materials and morphological analysis of diagnostic pottery; graphic and digital documentation of diagnostic pottery; cleaning, reassembly and integration of lacunae of pottery. Some of the work in the workshop will be done using recently excavated materials from the Baths of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae.

Contact: Max Cardillo, San Gemini Preservation Studies,

Further information:

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2011 Excavations at Marj Rabba – Field School

We are happy to announce that the 2011 excavations at Marj Rabba, in the lower Galilee, Israel are now a University of Chicago field school offering credit through either the Department of Anthropology or Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

By participating in the excavations at Marj Rabba, students explore a region virtually unexamined for this important period in early human society, the late fifth- to early fourth-millennium BC, known as the Chalcolithic (copper/stone) Period. This enigmatic era, (approx. 4500-3700 BC) was a time when new burial practices, ritual centers, and expanding networks for the trade of gold, obsidian, copper, and ivory attest to widespread, fundamental changes in pre-biblical societies.

This course is designed as a practicum in archaeological field methods. Students will receive extensive training in excavation methods, recording procedures, and the preliminary processing of artifacts. Weekly lectures by project staff and guest lecturers exploring the archaeology, geology, and cultural aspects of the region will supplement the primary focus on field experience.

The field season will run from July 17 to August 22, 2011.
For information about the field school and site, please see:

Volunteers are also welcome. We are a small research investigation, and as such, space fills quickly.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Yorke Rowan,

Best wishes,

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