Summer School of Archaeology-Abruzzo

School of Archaeology  in Abruzzo (Italy) – summer program 2017


A new call for applications is now open for the summer program of the Archaeological School in Abruzzo (Italy) 2017 organized by University of Pisa.

After the positive results obtained in the previous years, also this year the university of Pisa with the important collaboration of the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Abruzzo and with the support of other centers and Universities: University of Foggia,  ICCOM-CNR U.O.S. of Pisa and INGV of Rome has chosen to continue supporting this summer program.

The aim of the school is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experiences and field activities.

This program is a new approach in studying and understanding of ancient civilizations and offers its participants a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of archaeology. The school gives to the students the opportunity to  work in two different excavations and practise different archaeological research methods. With this program, students will gain the skills and a deeper knowledge of the archaeology from the prehistoric to the roman period.

The school will last from July 9th to August 6th 2017

Each participant will earn 10 undergraduate credits and a certificate of participation through the University of Pisa.

Costs includes all the school activities, accommodation and meals.
We would appreciate if you could share the information about our program with your  students
Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff:

For more information and to apply visit our:

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San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Now in its 19th year, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation.

There are still spaces in some of the summer programs, deadline has been extended to April 15, 2017. 


Session One (May 29 – June 23)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones (this program is full but we will start a wait list)

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

(Program includes lectures and field projects*)

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration**

Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

(Program includes lectures and workshop)

Book Bindings Restoration

The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings

Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings

(Program includes lectures and workshop)


Session Two (July 10 – August 4)

Paper Restoration

Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

(Program includes lectures and workshop)

Traditional Painting Techniques

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues

(Program includes lectures and workshop)

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues

(Program includes lectures and discussion)


*Field Projects:

Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th century)

Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city


Short Intersession Programs (June 24 – July 7)

Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 25 – July 4)

A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.

Coexistence of Memory and Modernity – Athens (June 25 – July 6)

A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

The History and Culture of Food in Italy (June 26 – July 7)

A two-week course giving an overview of the history and cultural traditions of food in Italy. The course will include lec­tures, field trips and an experimental cooking workshop.


To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.


Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.


If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource.


We have a 2017 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF. Please contact us with your mailing address and we will gladly send you a supply of printed leaflets.


** Related program:

Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae (ITALY)

June 11 – July 22, 2017

Our colleagues, under the direction of Professor Jane K. Whitehead of Valdosta State University, are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our eleventh season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.

For further details and to apply please visit their website



Polly Withers

Admissions and Recruiting

San Gemini Preservation Studies Program



The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

Affiliation: National University of Ireland, Galway; The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

Project Directors: Dr Carleton Jones (Academic Director) & Dr Ros Ó Maoldúin (Field Director)

Project Description:  Survey and excavation of megalithic ‘wedge tombs’ among the densest concentration of such monuments in Ireland.

Period(s) of Occupation: Irish Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age (2500-1500 BC)



Our current project is focused on trying to understand Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age society, and burial practice, in Ireland. We are two-thirds of the way through a programme of excavating 3 megalithic tombs, 1 each summer. Our site is on Roughan Hill, in the Burren, in the west of Ireland. Roughan hill supports the densest distribution of wedge tombs anywhere and has been the subject of research by our academic director since his PhD research, with Professor Colin Renfrew, in Cambridge during the 1990’s.

The local limestone geology is particularly beneficial to the preservation of bone and one of our primary objectives is to retrieve human remains from 3 roughly contemporary tombs. Along with the usual osteological analysis, our partners in Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University are carrying out ancient DNA and isotope analyses on our assemblage. This will help further our understanding of movement and interaction during the period, hopefully allowing us to answer ‘social questions’.

We also hope to recognise structure in the depositions and arrangement of these sites – patterns that will hopefully provide insight into the contemporary ritual practice and belief systems.

Participants on the excavation course will get experience excavating human remains, recording archaeology both digitally and through more traditional methods. They will gain experience using a total station, creating 3D models (Agisoft photoscan), digitising drawings (Arc/QGIS and Inkscape), and mapping the finds/tombs (Arc/QGIS).  In addition to on-site training, during the excavation, the fieldschool organises a series of workshops and lectures/seminars given by visiting specialists. Workshops include practical tutorials on human bone (ostearchaeologist: Dr Lynda Lynch), animal bone (zooosteoarchaeologist: Dr Fiona Beglane) and GIS (Dr Richard Clutterbuck). The Tuesday evening lectures vary each year; we invite a mixture of established lecturers and recent PhD graduates from Irish Universities and Institutions to speak on Irish or European prehistory.

Participants on the survey and tour course will have the opportunity to visit many Irish megaliths, including in the Boyne valley, on the Aran Islands and around the Burren. They will gain experience in the use of the total station, taking photographs for 3D modelling, processing 3D models (Agisoft photoscan) and geophysical survey. All travel and overnight accommodations on the tour are included in the fee.

Participants on the experimental archaeology course will get experience of working with materials which were used in the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. Our course will be held in Craggaunowen heritage park, where we will have the use of a real castle and a reconstructed ringfort and crannog, to carry out our work. In 2017 we will be concentrating on Bronze casting (including lost-was technique) and will have Dr Billy Mag Fhloinn, one of Ireland’s most experienced experimental archaeologists leading the course.

Experience: The field school is suitable for both beginner and advanced students. It is particularly well suited to those interested in European prehistoric archaeology and/or the excavation of human remains.

Length of stay: Courses range from 1 to 7 weeks.

Minimum age: 18 (17 with prior agreement)


1 week (Experimental archaeology) €850

2 weeks (Tour and survey) €1650

4 weeks (Excavation) €3250

5 weeks (combined) €3950

6 weeks (combined) €4500

7 weeks (combined) €5000


Number of field school places available: Max of 16 students on each course

Application deadlines: March 30th or until all the places are filled.

Project language: English

Project size: 20+ participants including excavators and specialists

Room and Board Arrangements: Participants will be staying at the Town square apartments in Lisdoonvarna

These are modern and comfortable, two and three-bedroom homes, conveniently located in the centre of Lisdoonvarna town, next to shops, restaurants and amenities. Rooms will be doubles or singles. The accommodation is self-catered; so, you are expected to cook for yourselves. We recommend budgeting about €100 per week for food and entertainment. This will allow you to eat out, in a restaurant, a couple of times per week.


Equipment: Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site. You should purchase and bring with you a 4” archaeology trowel (WHS, Spear & Jackson, or Marshalltown – you can find these easily online). You should also bring a waterproof jacket and over-bottoms with you. The weather in Ireland can be changeable, sunny one day and wet the next.

Insurance: The field school fee does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Ireland. All EU citizens can use Irish medical services, just like Irish citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.

Academic Credit: Academic credit and transcripts are included within the

Further information: please see our webpage, our  facebook page, or contact our field director








Excavations at early bronze age Keros in the Cyclades

Excavations at early bronze age Keros in the Cyclades

  • 4th September – 14th October 2017
  • Location: Keros, Greece


Affiliation: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge; British School at Athens and the Cyprus Institute

Project Directors: Professor Colin Renfrew & Dr Michael Boyd

Project Description:  Excavation of the largest settlement and earliest sanctuary of the early bronze age in the Cyclades, Greece

Period(s) of Occupation: Cycladic early bronze age (2750-2300 BC)

Background:  Until recently, the island of Keros was the centre of a bronze age mystery. Looting in the 1950s and excavations in the 1960s revealed a strange site where broken Early Cycladic marble figurines and other prestige items had been found. Only in very recent years have we begun to understand the nature of this completely unique site.  People travelled to Keros in the mid-third millennium BC to bring offerings of broken choice materials for ritual deposition in what is now understood to be the world’s earliest maritime sanctuary. The site consists of two areas where these deposits were made, and a large and important settlement, perhaps the largest of the Cyclades at that time.

In 2006-2008, excavations defined the nature of the sanctuary and began excavation of the settlement, where large and imposing buildings were found at the summit. In 2012-2013 the Keros Island Survey was carried out in order to understand the occupation of the rest of the island of Keros. In 2015 a new, four-year programme of work was initiated with survey on the nearby island of Naxos, in order to understand the nature of the wider maritime networks within which Keros was situated.

In 2016, excavations revealed extensive monumental walling, an entrance stairway into the site, and a metallurgical workshop. In 2017, our work will continue using the latest excavation techniques including dGPS, digital recording on iPads using iDig, and digital photogrammetry. We aim to understand how all the different parts of the island were utilised in the early bronze age and develop our understanding of the overall structure, function and date of the site.

Participants will work with experienced excavators and will receive training in the entire excavation procedure including stratigraphic excavation techniques, site recording and survey techniques. The work at the site will be combined with a number of activities in the afternoons. Participants will have the chance to work with the many specialists involved in the project to learn about post excavation processing techniques and the different scientific approaches used in a modern excavation.

In addition to on-site training, the field school will organise a series of seminars where visiting experts will talk about their work, giving students unique insights into current research and archaeological practice. The field school will be directed by Dr Claire Halley, who will lead the afternoon seminar series. Students will gain unique insight into the Aegean bronze age, and the special place of Keros in the Aegean early bronze age.


Experience: The field school is suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in early Bronze Age and Aegean archaeology.

Length of stay: Preference will be given to applicants who can stay for the entire 6 week period though we will consider applicants for a shorter stay.

Minimum age: 18

Cost: 4,000 Euros

Number of field school places available: 15

Application deadlines: Applications will be accepted until all the places are filled.

Project language: English

Project size: 50+ participants including excavators and specialists

 Room and Board Arrangements: All participants will be staying at the Sorokos hotel on Kouphonisi. This is a comfortable, family-run establishment with en suite bathrooms, most rooms also having air conditioning. Rooms will be either doubles or triples. All meals on work days are provided by the project.  The evening meal is taken at one of the local tavernas.

Equipment: Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site. You should purchase and bring with you a 4” archaeology trowel (WHS, Spear & Jackson, or Marshalltown – you can find these easily online).

Insurance: The field school fee does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Greece. All EU citizens can use Greek medical services, just like Greek citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.

Academic Credit: 10 credits are available at an extra cost of 750 Euros .  These will be awarded by The Cyprus Institute.

Further information: please see our webpage or contact Claire Halley


Flinders Cultural Heritage and the Law Summer School

Cultural Heritage and the Law

Summer School – Adelaide, Australia

February 6 – 10 2017.  Flinders University



In 2017 the Archaeology Department at Flinders University will be offering the graduate level topic ‘Cultural Heritage and the Law’ (ARCH8017) as an intensive summer school.

Taught by renowned Adelaide Barrister Andrew Collett and Leanne Liddle, Senior Policy Officer for the Northern Land Council, this topic will critically examine the changing meaning of cultural heritage within a social, cultural and historical context.

The role of law in shaping notions of cultural heritage will be a particular focus and case studies of cultural heritage issues will be examined at both a local and international level. Careful consideration will be given to the politics of cultural heritage and the implications it holds for national identity.

Guest speakers will be a key feature, providing numerous perspectives on the intersections between cultural heritage and the law – including lectures by Indigenous peoples, lawyers, cultural heritage practitioners and former Federal Court judges.

Understanding legal issues in relation to Indigenous Australian cultural heritage is becoming increasingly necessary for those working in the Australian heritage sector and for those employed in Indigenous affairs more generally. This topic will provide all participants with the necessary background to contextualise Indigenous Australian heritage issues in a legal framework.


Flinders University, in Adelaide, South Australia.

All lectures will be on campus.



For overseas and interstate students

For further information

Associate Professor Amy Roberts

Or visit the Cultural Heritage and the Law Summer School webpage

Flinders Conservation Practicum

Conservation Practicum

Adelaide, Australia

September 18-29 2017.  Flinders University



This topic is taught in intensive mode over one week and necessitates involvement and input from a range of maritime practitioners.  SCUBA diving qualifications are NOT necessary for participation.  The body of the topic will comprise lectures, a practical exercise and a tutorial.

This practicum topic will be taught at Flinders University by expert staff from the Department of Maritime Archaeology at the Western Australia Museum.


Flinders University, in Adelaide, South Australia.

All lectures and tutorials will be held on the Flinders University Campus at Bedford Park, in Rm 112HUM (the Archaeology Teaching Lab).

The precise field practical location will be discussed in class. Transport to the field will be provided using university vehicles and will leave from Rm 112HUM.

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For overseas and interstate students

For further information

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde

Or visit the Conservation Practicum webpage

Flinders Introductory Archaeological Geophysics

Introductory Archaeological Geophysics

Adelaide, Australia

September 18-29 2017.  Flinders University



ARCH8808 is aimed at graduates from an archaeology or earth sciences background who wish to gain experience in archaeological geophysics, although it does not presume any prior existing knowledge.  The topic will provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles behind a range of techniques used in archaeological prospection and the basic field operation of such techniques, as well as data processing, data interpretation and geophysical reporting.

Techniques covered will include:

  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Electromagnetic induction (EMI)
  • Direct current resistivity
  • Magnetometer
  • Gradiometer
  • Magnetic susceptibility
  • A range of marine geophysics techniques, including side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiling and swath bathymetry.

Hands-on experience for students will include GPR, magnetometer and EMI.  The topic will be delivered through a series of lectures, demonstrations, practical hands-on sessions and computer-based labs.


Flinders University, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Transport for filed components will be provided by the university


For overseas and interstate students

For further information

Dr Ian Moffat

Or visit the Introductory Archaeological Geophysics website 




Flinders Maritime Field School

Philip Island, Victoria, Australia

 January 27 – 12 February 2017, Flinders University


The Maritime Archaeology Field School (ARCH 8152/ARCH 3309) provides students with an introduction to the techniques of coastal, intertidal and underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording and excavation. Some lectures will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

In 2017, the Flinders University Maritime Archaeology Field School will be taught at an undergraduate level (as ARCH 3309) and graduate level (as ARCH 8152). This year the topic will be based at Phillip Island, Victoria, and run in cooperation with Heritage Victoria. Students may investigate a number of maritime sites on land and underwater.

The 2017 Flinders University maritime archaeology field school will include a shipwreck survey of McHaffie Reef plus a study of a land-based survey of maritime infrastructure and coastal and maritime sites of various ages and types.

Maritime archaeologists from Heritage Victoria inspected the McHaffie Reef shipwreck sites in the 1980s and confirmed that one of them dates possibly to the mid 19th century. The vessel’s remains are partially intact, are of wooden construction, and have an estimated length of 20 metres. In 2012, the team relocated the shipwreck site and tentatively identified its remains as from the Leven Lass. The ship ran aground on Phillip Island to save its cargo after the vessel had sprung a leak in 1854.  The archaeological evidence, i.e., construction materials, cargo, vessel size, and wrecking location all correspond to evidence gathered during archival research. The goals of the 2017 field school are to map the remains of Leven Lass, and to date, identify, and record other shipwrecks on McHaffie Reef, and facilitate further maritime archaeological studies of Western Port Bay.

Non-diving students enrolled in the 2017 field school will survey and record details of historic maritime sites to be confirmed by Heritage Victoria. An example of a terrestrial sites includes the steel ship Speke. This large, three-masted steel ship capsized on the southwest side of Phillip Island, where its bow is still a prominent feature on the beach. Non-diving students will also participate on shore-based activity working along with divers, and will undergo topside training and education in underwater archaeology in order to familiarise themselves with the process of maritime fieldwork. This will include taking total station points from shore in partnership with the dive and snorkel team.


For overseas and interstate students

For further information contact

Dr Jonathan Benjamin, Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology

Or visit the Maritime Field School webpage

Flinders Historical Archaeology Fieldschool

Willow Court Asylum

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

February 7 – 13 2017,  Flinders University


The Historical Archaeology Field School is run in conjunction with the Derwent Valley Council and the Willow Court History Group in New Norfolk, Tasmania, at the site of the historic Willow Court, Australia’s oldest, continuously used lunatic asylum.

The Field School is an ongoing project to document the lives and experiences of patients and staff inside the institution since 1830. In 2017 we will be excavating key portions of the site to recover details of such things as patient treatment, living and working conditions, health, diet, rules and regulations. Other elements of the field school will include collecting oral histories from former staff, recording ghost stories associated with the site and trying to understand the contemporary community’s relationship to the place and its past.

Previous field schools have catalogued the range of moveable items that were retained when the hospital closed in 2000, mapped the site and conducted geophysical surveys over the sites of former buildings.


From 1826 New Norfolk was home to Tasmania’s and Australia’s first purpose-built asylum, which later became known as Willow Court and part of the Royal Derwent Hospital. The asylum operated continuously in the one location until 2000.

“The Barracks” is the original and oldest building that can still be viewed today and dates to 1830.


For overseas and interstate students

For further information

Associate Professor Heather Burke

Or visit the Historical Archaeology Field School webpage

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School, Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

This field school offers courses for international students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience in archaeological training. There are two types of courses.

The first one deals with the excavation and research of the Bronze and Iron Age site of Sa Cudia Cremada, which belongs to the Talayotic culture of the island. This culture only developed in Minorca and Majorca and its main traits were those of having a cyclopean construction technique, a set of complex funerary rituals and a unique material culture, amongst others.

The practical side of this course focuses on the excavation of the settlement’s sanctuary, whose excavation started last year. This type of building, known as “taula” enclosure, is unique in the world and cannot be found outside Menorca. Also, its monumentality and the practices documented in this type of spaces make them outstanding elements for the study of Mediterranean Prehistory. Also, part of the program is devoted to lab work, workshops and excursions to the most significant archaeological sites and museums on the island.

The second course focuses on laboratory work, documentation of finds and restoration. And, as in the other course, there are lectures, workshops and excursions scheduled.

Our aim is to carry out archaeological research in the site and offer quality archaeological training to university students in need of gaining practical experience in this field as well as professionals interested in digging in a Mediterranean protohistoric archaeological site.

You can visit our website to find more information about us. If you need further information about our field school, work or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us via this e-mail.