The Monteverdi Archaeological Field School
The Monteverdi Archaeological Field School takes place in the heart of Tuscany (Italy) in the Commune of Civitella Paganico (Grosseto – map). The medieval village was founded in the 13th c. CE along the medium flow of the river Ombrone. Paganico is set between Siena and Grosseto, and Pisa, Florence and Rome are also easily reachable by trains.
The field school excavations focus on a late Etruscan-Republican sanctuary and related vicus as well as on a deserted medieval village, along the middle valley of the river Ombrone. These sites represent a unique occasion to investigate economies in transition and settlement patterns in the territory of south Etruria. Courses are aimed at students, early career scholars and those passionate about archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology and cultural heritage management. No prior experience is required.
The excavations are carried out by the Department of Classics of the University at Buffalo – SUNY in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Province di Siena, Grosseto e Arezzo, Michigan State University and the Cooper Union for Advancement of the Science and Arts of New York.
Students will earn 6 credits for CL498 TUT Undergraduate Research: Archaeological Excavation and Methodology. The course is a fundamental introduction to stratigraphic excavation methods and to studies of excavated artifacts. Subjects include excavation methods and their application, analysis of built structures and archaeological features, context analysis, finds handling and recording, and studies of ceramic, glass, metal, bone, and numismatic material.
Three group excursions are organized during the study abroad program. We will be visiting:
- the excavations at Podere Marzuolo where the University of Cornell works
- the excavations of the Roman villa at Poggio del Molino overlooking the Gulf of Baratti
- the Roman colony at Cosa (with some time at the beach of Feniglia)
The properties you will be staying in are in traditional Tuscan stone houses and are comfortable and recently renovated, and enjoy spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside and all on the estate. The bedrooms are large and light and each property have Wi-Fi and a TV. All the apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, private bathrooms and a furnished living room. Housing costs are included in the program fee. The nearest village is Paganico (5 mins drive), which has ATMs, supermarkets, cafes, laundry and other facilities. The nearest two cities are Grosseto and Siena, while the nearest beaches are about half an hour away. Public transports from Paganico can provide you a day trip to Rome, Siena, Grosseto or Florence quite easily.
You will be catered for by the estate staff – breakfast will be in your individual houses; lunch and dinner all together in one of the houses. Generally breakfasts will be continental, lunch a cold pasta salad/rice salad etc, while dinner will be more substantial, and the cuisine will be Tuscan. However, to guarantee you the best comforts, we are happy to consider special dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian and against allergies) at no extra costs. All meal costs (7 days per week) are included in the program fee.
The estate also has two swimming pools, a room equipped with home theatre, wooden oven for homemade pizzas.
The estate of Monteverdi is a large working historical estate, producing olive oil, wine, fruits and grains, and is located in the Maremma part of Southern Tuscany, between Siena and Grosseto and the coast. The estate appears in early maps: in fact it is the location of several important sites, including at least one Roman site, a still very visible Medieval bridge over the River Ombrone which is overlooked by a ruined castle known as Il Castellaccio; the main Villa with its current origins from the 1490’s, and a family chapel dedicated to St Anthony of Padua from the 18th Century. The estate was previously owned by the noble Patrizi family, until it was bought at the beginning of the 20th century by the current owner’s family.
Website of the estate with pictures of the accommodations can be found at http://www.grimaldisavelli.com/tenuta-di-monteverdi-estate/
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:
Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani