• ROMARCH: Call for Participants, Binchester Archaeological Project (England) 2014

    Map of Binchester


    Season dates: June 29, 2014 – July 26, 2014

    (updated) Application Deadline: 10 May

    The Binchester excavation project is currently seeking enthusiastic excavators to join our team for the 2014 season and help excavate a Roman fort and expansive town near Durham in the UK.

    Known to the Romans as Vinovium (“On the Wine Road”), Binchester protected Dere Street, the main road that ran from the legionary headquarters at York northwards to Hadrian’s Wall. It was a key element of the complex frontier system that lay on both sides of the Wall, forming the edge of empire for nearly four hundred years. Previous excavation has so far uncovered the best preserved Roman bath house in the UK and some of the most impressive mausolea seen on a Roman site for 150 years.  Geophysical survey has revealed a large town that stayed thriving long after the empire fell.  Across the river at Escomb is one of the oldest churches in Britain, built from the stones of Binchester in the 7th century, still standing as a reminder of the kingdom of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, the heartland of Celtic Christianity and land of Arthurian romance.

    The project represents an international partnership between scholars at Stanford University (USA) and Durham University (UK). Volunteers will spend 4 weeks excavating, processing artifacts, and visiting key archaeological sites in this area of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone.

    The cost of $ 4,500 (USD) covers housing in the medieval town of Durham, all meals, archaeological instruction, and weekend field trips to Roman and Medieval archaeological sites, including several along Hadrian’s Wall. Flights and travel to Durham are not included. Academic accreditation is possible (see our website).

    To apply and learn more about the Binchester project, please see our website at http://www.vinovium.org/apply/

    Any questions, please direct them to our team at vinovium@durham.ac.uk

  • ROMARCH: Field School at Castiglione del Lago 2014, Call for Participants


    MAY 26 – JUNE 28, 2014


    The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy (www.umbra.org) is pleased to offer a new summer program in Archaeology based in Castiglione del Lago, a charming medieval town and renowned summer location situated in Umbria, along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno, close to renowned historical cities, such as Orvieto, Perugia and Cortona.

    Recent survey investigations of a large area off the medieval walls of Castiglione have indicated the presence of a rich archaeological site, possibly a Roman building and Etruscan tombs. The goal of the campaign is to assess the original function of the whole area, in order to understand the origins of the settlement of Castiglione.

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  • ROMARCH: Roman-period Archaeological Field School in Umbria: Vicus ad Martis 2014

    Two students on site.

    Two students at work on the site.

    Announcing the seventh season of the Vicus ad Martis Tudertium Archaeological field school in Umbria, Italy. Run by Drew University and directed by Prof. John Muccigrosso, this four-week program offers hands-on archaeological experience – and four credits – to college-age students. Non-students may also participate through the project’s Visitors program.

    The excavation takes place at the site of the Roman town of the Vicus Martis Tudertium, located on the Flaminian Way, not far from the city of Todi. The 2014 season runs from June 8 – July 5 and in addition to daily work on the site includes short excursions to nearby sites, as well as an immersive experience in small-town life in modern Umbria.

    We’ll concentrate this year on an area behind the church of S. Maria where we have been working on uncovering a large apsidal structure apparently resting on top of another, earlier building.

    Download the PDF flier for the project.

    For more details, visit the project website or contact Prof. Muccigrosso directly.

  • ROMARCH: Call for Participants, Excavations at Roman Carsulae (Italy)

    Excavating the Baths at Carsulae

    June 8 – July 19, 2014
    We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.
    Project and Location  
    The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente for Umbria, Umberto Ciotti, from the 1950s to the 1970s.  He uncovered a number of its public buildings including the forum, amphitheatre and theatre and transformed the entire area into an archaeological park.  In 2004, our team, under the direction of Jane K. Whitehead and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria commenced a longterm project to re-excavate the baths, which are located just south of the city limits and were left exposed after Ciotti’s excavation 40 years earlier.
    In 2011, we received grants from Italian sources, in particular the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico,which enabled us to construct a roof over the remains of the baths.  Because it affords greater protection from the elements, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons we were able to open up areas that were more fragile, thus further exposing the structure. 
    We plan to dedicate our 2014 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof as well as the region immediately to the east, where in recent years we have uncovered more rooms.   We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza on a plan for the conservation of the bath building.
  • ROMARCH: Archaeological Field School in Roman Pottery, Sangro Valley Italy, Summer 2014

    A new Field School in Roman Pottery, associated with Oberlin College’s Sangro Valley Project, is accepting applications for its session to be held from 3 July to 27 July 2014.


    The program’s aim is first to introduce the participants to the study of
    Roman pottery and then for them to apply their knowledge under the guidance of the director and the assistant in processing the ceramic material from the Italian Superintendency’s excavations in the forum on Monte Pallano (Tornareccio, Abruzzo).

    Potsherds constitute the most frequent group of finds on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Pottery usually offers the most important evidence for dating sites. Furthermore, ceramological databases provide a good source for investigating issues ranging from trade relations to the consumption patterns of food and questions of identity. Nevertheless, the study of Roman pottery is often considered daunting, and the necessary hands-on experience is difficult to obtain.

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  • ROMARCH: 2014 Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome

    IMG_0093Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome

    This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

    The program will run June 16 to July 25, 2014. For the 2014 program year, the organizers have made every effort to reduce costs to participants and to enhance their interaction with the intellectual community of the Academy. The overall cost of the program represents a 15% decrease from the previous program year. The application deadline is January 20, 2014. Scholarship opportunities are available from both the Academy and numerous Classical societies (CAAS, CAMWS, Eta Sigma Phi etc.). 

    For more information, go to http://aarome.org/apply/summer-programs or email the Director of the Summer School Dr. Genevieve Gessert at gessert.aarcss@gmail.com