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Summer: Rutgers- Archaeological Field School in Italy (Graduate)
Vacone is a small medieval town located in the Sabina region of Italy. Only a 40 minute train ride from center-city Rome, the town is rarely visited by tourists; however, those who do make the trip are often stunned by its natural beauty and simple charm. Vacone and several of the neighboring hilltop towns have summer festivals that students can participate in, including a pasta festival in nearby Casperia, and a medieval festival in Roccantica. The surrounding is comprised of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.
There are two options of study in this project:
Session I & II- Graduate students can participate in the regular field school excavation project, followed by an intensive course of restoration and conservation for a total of 6 credits. Here students will join the undergraduate field school operations while it begins to uncover the site and the expected material that will be found that will need conserved, and then switch to start conserving it on August 1. Reading and study material will be distributed throughout course, and students will take a final written exam.
Session II only- You can simply participate in the intensive course of restoration and conservation (July 28 to August 9). You will receive 3 graduate credits. The course will build on previous operations and interventions at the site of Vacone conducted by the Italian Archaeological Service. The work of this course will focus on restoring and conserving standing architectural remains from previously excavated dig sites.*
* Work will be conducted 5 days a week, for approximately 6 contact hours per day; weekends off; entire project is 5 weeks.
To view the program’s 2013 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program will include one weekend excursion to the nearby town of Rieti and its surrounding countryside. Students will stay on an agriturismo and will tour the surrounding area to see sites of cultural relevance. Students are also encouraged to travel to Rome or other nearby locales on other weekends. On Friday afternoon, staff will drive students to a nearby train station (Poggio Mirteto) for a direct train into Rome (40 minutes); likewise, they will pick up returning students on Sunday afternoon.
Arrival: July 7th
Departure: August 9th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live in an agriturismo (a kind of country hotel and restaurant), called Le Colline, located very close to the Vacone villa site. Le Colline has rooms of two to four people, each with a separate bathroom. The agriturismo has internet access and will provide us with a means to do laundry. All meals will be provided at the agriturismo for staff and students from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the agriturismo or elsewhere. Students will also be able to visit the town of Vacone and other local towns regularly.
Program Cost: Summer 2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Summer Italy Archaeology Expenses Worksheet.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.