The Umbra Institute is proud to introduce the first edition of the Trasimeno Archaeology Field School, a curricular concentration which provides students with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research and fieldwork, as applied to the civilizations that shaped the history and culture of central Italy.
The Trasimeno Archaeological Field School is based in the medieval town of Castiglione del Lago, on the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno, only a few miles from Perugia and on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Recent surveys of the land have indicated the presence of a rich archaeological site encompassing a Roman building as well as Etruscan tombs.
The Field School consists of two courses held during the Umbra Institute’s General Studies Summer Session: an archeology practicum (ARFW 350: Archaeological Field Workshop) and an optional theoretical course on archeological campaigns in central Italy (ARCL 340: Archaeology in Central Italy: The Etruscan and Roman Legacy). The inaugural group of students will be trained by professional archaeological staff and attend lectures on the methods of excavating, recording, and interpreting. Field trips to other historic sites and museums will contribute to the overall learning experience.
Archaeology Field Workshop Professor Giampiero Bevagna explains the unique opportunity central Italy offers archaeology students: “We are exploring in chronological sequence almost 2000 years of cultural development. The excavation in Castiglione allows us to analyze layer by layer the most important civilizations that shaped the history of central Italy: from the mysterious Etruscans to the Romans, up to the medieval era. Digging in Castiglione will be just like reading a forgotten book of history.”
For more information visit the Archaeology Field School page