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.
Contact person: Dr. Fabio Colivicchi, Watson 502
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.
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.
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 (40 % of the final grade). The supervisor will also appraise the students' progress and achievement (40 %). Participants in the course will also be asked to present a final report containing a synthetic evaluation and analysis of the relationship of their excavation area/s to the rest of the excavation field and site as a whole (20 %).
Please see the Matera Excavation Project page for more details.