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.
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, the formulation of research questions and priorities, identification and handling of artifacts, drafting of site plans, and analytical rendering.  Regularly scheduled lectures are given by both our objects conservator and ceramics analyst on such topics as: conservation in the field and lab, the history of ceramics in Italy, and Roman architectural construction methods and materials.  Throughout the season, participants are given the opportunity to work with our conservator in the lab cleaning and consolidating small finds, or in the field helping to conserve the mosaics we have discovered over the course of the excavations.
The program fee is $900.00 per week, which includes a shared room as well as breakfast daily and lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment and local transportation is also provided. The minimum length of stay is three weeks, however in order to experience all stages of an excavation we strongly encourage participating in the full six-week program.  We have two possible start dates this year: June 8th and June 29th.  Those who are interested in participating for more than three weeks must begin on June 8th.
We are hoping to offer academic credit for the 2014 season. Anyone who is interested should contact Ellen Stewart and Wendy Hallinan at for further information.

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.  Our meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel.
Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 1 PM (or an hour earlier, depending on the weather). After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day’s finds and attending classes, lectures, or working with our conservator. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available.

For further details and to apply:

The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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 participating in one of their courses before or after your time spent working with us.  Of particular relevance to our project is the Archaeological Ceramic Restoration program, which runs from June 2 to June 27.  This workshop provides an excellent background in conservation and restoration which is very useful when working in the field and lab.
Should you have any questions, please email us at
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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