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

Excavating the Baths at Carsulae

June 16 – July 27, 2013

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
Carsulae was a Roman city that developed in the late third century BCE along the Via Flaminia, approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome in modern Umbria. The major public buildings of Carsulae were excavated from 1950 to 1970, but most of the ancient city still lies undisturbed in what is now a beautiful archaeological park. The current excavation of the public baths at Carsulae began in 2004. We plan to dedicate the 2013 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof, and also to developing a long-term plan for the conservation and partial restoration of the bath complex.

The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard in rigorous conditions. Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, handling and conservation of artifacts, drafting of site plans and analytical rendering.

The program cost is $850.00 per week. This includes a shared room as well as breakfast daily, lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment is provided. We ask all students and volunteers to participate for a minimum of three weeks.

Our field school has recently been given accreditation by Columbia University. Students interested in receiving undergraduate credit for their fieldwork should contact Ellen Stewart at the below email address for further information. Please bear in mind that tuition and any related fees are not included in our weekly program cost, and that a minimum number of weeks of participation will be required.

Accommodations and Meals
We stay at the Albergo Duomo (three or four people to a room) in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae. All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless internet. Meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel.

Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 5 am to noon. After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day’s finds and sometimes attending classes, expert lectures, or working with our conservators. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available.

For further details and to apply:

Inquiries may be sent to

Related Programs
Our colleagues at San Gemini Preservation Studies offer a number of programs that also take place during the summer in San Gemini. We encourage you to look at their website and consider taking one of their courses before or after your time spent working with us.

Of particular relevance to our project is the Archaeological Ceramics Program, running from May 26 to June 22. This course provides an excellent background in conservation and restoration which may later be applied in the field and lab at Carsulae.

Thank you.

Jane Whitehead, Director of the Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Valdosta State University

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