DEPARTMENT OF

Classics

 

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Course Option

Undergraduate students can also receive a Queen’s course credit (CLST 409) related to the excavation. Students enrolled in this course attend weekly seminars during the field season and are graded on the quality of their field notes and their mastery of excavation techniques.

CLST 409 / 6.0 units
Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum II
(Italy)Various images depicting the Caere excavation project

The Department of Classics offers an intensive introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation, including laboratory practice and field activities (excavation, survey, mapping) in ancient sites of South-East Italy. The classes and labs will be held at Matera, while the sites under investigation are located near Taranto. The course, four- or six-weeks long, usually takes place between late May and through June or July.

Evaluation: Students will be advised on field excavation techniques, which they will apply at the site under the instructor's supervision. Students are expected to keep careful excavation notebooks according to the procedures and the forms specified by the project (30% of the final grade). The supervisor will also appraise the students' progress and achievement (30%). Participants in the course will also be asked to present a final report containing a general evaluation and analysis of the relationship of their excavation area/s to the rest of the excavation field and site as a whole (40%).

Pre-requisites: Permission of Department required in advance; Classics concentrators will be given preference; second year standing or above; students must have taken one of CLST 303, 304, 305, 306.

Enrolment: 10-15

Costs: Students are expected to pay their own travel and a contribution to common expenses (study travels across Italy, museum tickets etc.). Individual expenses for lodgings and accommodation depend on the available funding and are still to be calculated.

Contact PersonDr. Fabio Colivicchi, Watson 502

Funding opportunities for CLST 409

The Department of Classics will offer travel awards to students who join the excavation as students of CLST 409. Please check with the Department for details.

Participants are encouraged to seek outside funding sources. Please check the awards offered by other institutions such as the Etruscan Foundation and the Archaeological Institute of America. Please note that you have to be a member to apply.

Please see the Caere Excavation Project page for more details.