Field School Review – Carsulae

Excavations of the Bath at Roman Carsulae (EBARC), Italy. Valdosta State University

By Andrew

When: 6 Weeks (1x 6 weeks, 2 x 3 week lots, 1 or two week periods negotiable) from mid June to end of July.

“If you like ____, you’ll love this field school”: Roman archaeology, conservation

Cost: $850 per week and includes accommodation in hotel, breakfast 7 days/week, lunch and dinner 5 days per week (weekends are extra for dinner and lunch).

Transport to/from San Gemini is at your own expense (train from Rome 6-9 Euro).

Living conditions: The hotel is an 18th C provincial palace converted into a hotel. Shared rooms, singles negotiable – dependent upon availability. There’s free Wifi in the foyer/conference rooms

The hotel is walking distance to local bars, shops, supermarkets, town swimming pool and the meals are restaurant quality.

Working week – Monday to Friday 5am-12pm in the field and then 4pm-6pm in the lab. Weekends are free to organise activities or tours.

The Team: Student numbers range from 20-30 aged anywhere between 16 to 79.

(fair warning though it can be exhaustive work, although excavation is now under a roof)

Culture: Forget visiting the large tourist sites. This is Italian village living at its best. The locals put on a festive show each year. Practically every night there is something on.

Activities can include visiting major regional areas (Rome is only 1 hour away by train). Past group tours have included Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Palio race in Sienna, tour of Via Flaminia, Ocriculum, Bevagna, Foligno, Assisi. Other activities have included Italian cooking classes, horse riding, winery tours.

Best Thing: Working with great, passionate people. You can work with your artefact from the ground to conservation because the school is run alongside San Gemini Preservation Studies which focusses on conservation of paper, ceramics and buildings. Many people come back to this field school

Worst Thing: Too much to see and do, and so little time.

Where to go for more information and applications: http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~jwhitehe/Carsulaeweb/Carsulae_appl.htm

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