Field School in Magnetometry Survey

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Aerial view of the survey area (Picture by Paolo Nannini, SBAT)

Location: Alberese, Grosseto, Italy

Season Dates: January 20, 2014 - January 25, 2014
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Sheffield (UK) and John Cabot University (IT)

Project Director: Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani and Prof. Inge Lyse Hansen

Project Description

The Magnetometry Field School will survey the area of the excavations of the Roman river port of Rusellae.

The primary component of the course is training in on-site application of ground-based physical sensing and the methodologies of interpreting the findings. Subjects covered include survey design methodologies, setting up grid and equipment, general topographic survey, and interpretation of data.

This is complemented by considerations of the landscape morphology and the impact of environmental changes in the area.

The course is accompanied by seminars on the results from the excavations carried out by the Alberese Archaeological Project for a contextual understanding of the survey data.

Period(s) of Occupation: Etruscan period; Roman period; Medieval period

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

The excavations are situated within the breath-taking landscape of the Natural Park of the Maremma, approximately 10 km from the modern city of Grosseto.
Students will be accommodated in shared rooms in well-furnished, comfortable lodgings in the medieval walled city of Grosseto, with easy access to amenities.
The location offers a host of opportunities for independent activities during weekends. You may decide to relax on the near-by beach, explore the natural park, or take a train from Grosseto to visit outstanding cities, like Rome, Siena and Florence.

Fees include tuition, housing and transport to/from site. Board is included during workdays (Monday-Friday) and consists of Italian breakfast, picnic lunch and Italian dinner.

Cost: €800 ($1,000 USD)

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none
Tuition: Magnetometry survey

Contact Information
Alessandro Sebastiani
Department of Archaeology, Northgate House West Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 3QQ
United Kingdom

Recommended Bibliography

Chirico, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) L’insediamento tardoantica sul promotorio dello
Scoglietto (Alberese, Grosseto – IT). Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 196

Chirico, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) L’occupazione tardoantica del promotorio dello Scoglietto ad Alberese (GR). Acheologia Medievale 37: 333-46.

Chirico, E., Colombini, M., Rubegni, E. and Sebastiani, A. (2011) Relazione preliminare
alla I° campagna di scavi archeologici a Spolverino (Alberese – GR). Prime valutazioni ed ipotesi sul porto romano di cabotaggio a Rusellae. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 232

Cygielman, M., Chirico, E., Colombini, M. and Sebastiani, A. (2010) Dinamiche insediative nel territorio della foce dell'Ombrone. Il porto di Russelae. Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 6: 10-29.

Cygielman, M., Chirico, E., Colombini, M. and Sebastiani, A. (2012) Alberese. Loc. Spolverino, Porto fluviale di Rusellae: indagini 2011. Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 7: 357-61.

Sebastiani, A. (2011) Paesaggio romano della Maremma Grossetana. Forma Urbis April: 19-25.

Sebastiani, A. (2011) Nota su due strutture produttive tardo romane nell'ager Rusellanus: la bottega di un maestro vetraio a Spolverino (Alberese – GR) e l'officina metallurgica a Rusellae (Grosseto). Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 221

Sebastiani, A. (2012) Spolverino (Alberese – GR): relazione alla II campagna di scavi archeologici. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 271 

Sebastiani, A. (2013) Spolverino (Alberese – GR): relazione alla III campagna di scavi archeologici. Fasti Online, FOLD&R Italy Series 287

Sebastiani, A., Cygielman, M., Chirico, E. and Colombini, M. (2010) Dinamiche insediative nel territorio della foce dell’Ombrone: nuovi dati agli scavi presso l’area templare dello Scoglietto (Alberese – GR). Notiziario della Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici della Toscana 5: 35-92

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