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Location: Populonia, Livorno, Italy
Season Dates: May 27, 2013 - June 22, 2013
Affiliation: Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage in Tuscany, University of Florence, Earthwatch Institute, Past In Progress Association, Parchi Val di Cornia Society
Project Director: Andrea Camilli (Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany),Giandomenico De Tommaso (University of Florence), Carolina Megale (Archeodig Project)
The Archeodig Project was born in 2008 with the purpose of designing, managing and coordinating archaeological excavations. The research is structured as school/field work for the training of students, young archaeologists and volunteers, both Italians and foreigners.
The Archeodig’s main objective of is to fill as many of the gaps as possible in our knowledge of the history of Populonia and its territory, from the late Etruscan period to the late Roman age. Populonia, located in the region of Italy once known as Etruria, was one of the most important Etruscan cities, the only one overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was for centuries one of the most flourishing centres of iron smelting and trade in the whole of Mediterranean.
Populonia is composed by a lower city, an area centred on the port and on the metallurgical activities (located outside the city walls), and an upper city, the Acropolis, with the houses and the temples, on the summit of the promontory. In the lower city are the monumental tombs (tumuli and aedicule-shaped) of the San Cerbone necropolis (7th-4th centuries B.C.E.)
The purpose of the research is to investigate a portion of the lower city still intact, where it have been identified traces of an early Roman building for iron smelting activity and, underneath, a portion of the Etruscan necropolis.
Period(s) of Occupation: From Etruscan (7th century BCE) to Roman Age (1st century CE)
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: No pre-requisites and no archaeological experience
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will stay in comfortable apartments in the quiet village of Populonia Station, about 5km/3.2 miles away from the research site. The apartments feature modern furnishings, single beds, hot showers, electricity and sockets to charge cameras, mobile phone, gas heat. There is a small kitchen in each apartment with an oven, hob and fridge. Rooms will be single gender, but apartments mixed gender. Participants will need to bring a towel and sleeping bag.
Cost: € 450,00 (approx. $ 585) per week
Name of institution offering credit: Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany
Number of credits offered: none
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Phone: +39 339 7544894
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