The Umbra’s summer 2018 Archeology Field School ended last week with surprising results and great premises for the continuation of the diggings in the next years. Umbra study abroad students spent six weeks in the field, on the shores of Lake Chiusi (a smaller lake nearby Lake Trasimeno), in the territory of the charming town of Castiglione del Lago. They received a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research, studied the impressive historical legacy of the region, and uncovered the remains of a Roman villa complex from the 2nd c. BC to the 3rd c. AD, contributing to bring back to light its ancient physical, economic, and cultural environment.
The balance of the 2018 campaign was presented during the usual press conference held at the end of the excavation, on Friday, July 6th in Castiglione del Lago. Among the speakers were the mayor of Castiglione, Dr. Sergio Batino; representatives from the Archeological Superintendency of Umbria; and the Director of the archaeological excavation, Professor Rebecca Schindler (DePauw University).
During the 2018 excavation campaign, students uncovered a broad series of materials, including Roman coins, pottery, and parts of a marble altar. Moreover, students discovered the existence of an underground environment, whose potentials are still to explore and will be the subject of excavations in the 2019 campaign. Local newspapers and TV stations gave much space to the results achieved by the students.
To learn more about the Trasimeno Archeology Field School organized by the Umbra Institute, click here.