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UW Offers Archaeology Field School in Italy

May 27, 2015

Enrollment is still open for a University of Wyoming archaeology field school in Italy this summer.

UW collaborates with the Department of Classical Studies at Concordia College to offer an archaeological field school in Tuscany, Italy, June 28-Aug. 2. The project includes excavations of an extensive Roman villa (first century B.C.- fourth century A.D.) and field surveys of adjacent medieval sites. The project takes place in Montelupo Fiorentino, a small Tuscan town just 10 miles west of Florence. No previous excavation experience is required. 

Participants will receive hands-on training in excavation techniques, survey methods and site mapping using Geographic Information Systems. They will process and conserve artifacts discovered during excavation.

On weekends, staff will lead optional excursions to nearby historical sites, such as Etruscan tombs, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and major museums at Florence, Fiesole and Arezzo.

Accommodations are in a large historic villa located near the center of Montelupo, less than five minutes walking distance from cafes, grocery stores, shopping and train service directly to Florence and beyond.

Cost of the three-credit course is $3,800, which includes lodging; three meals per day on work days; optional group excursions; professional, on-site instruction; and field equipment and tools. The fee does not cover UW tuition, travel insurance, travel to and from Florence, Italy, or weekend meals.

More information is available from course instructor McKenzie Lewis at, from the UW Study Abroad office at (307) 766-6681 or on the website  

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