Archaeology in Italy 2009

More than 50 students, scholars and archaeological professionals from more than 20 universities, including SMU, will assemble in Tuscany in Summer 2009 to excavate the Etruscan sanctuary and settlement of Poggio Colla.
The excavation team is headed by Gregory Warden, University Distinguished Professor of Art History at SMU, along with Professors Michael Thomas of the University of Texas at Austin, and Ann Steiner and Gretchen Meyers of Franklin and Marshall College. The excavation serves as a field school for undergraduate and graduate students to learn archaeological practice and theory while working alongside a diverse professional staff, including archaeologists, surveyors, geologists, architects, illustrators, information technologists and other archaeological specialists, as well as the conservation staff.

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Hard at work on the hill

Poggio%20Colla%20Trench%20NW4.jpg An update from Katie, a student at the University of Massachusetts:

Our first week has come to a close, and we’ve all agreed that this has been one of the hardest, most rewarding weeks of our lives. While we currently might not be in peak physical condition, we will be soon. Avery has started playing music on the way up the hill every day, and it gets our blood moving for the next eight hours of work.

I still can’t believe that we get driven to the site every day. Yeah, we need to walk up a hill after we get there, but they drive us. And they bring us into town to replenish our supplies. It’s pretty surreal how well they take care of us (though it balances out the hard work every day). The shower situation is good; no one waits longer than 15 minutes around here. Laundry’s not terrible, and hand-washing allows you to appreciate both your mother and your washing machine at home.

I look forward to another week on the hill, especially now that the film crew is here.

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