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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Identifying pottery and learning the lingo

Danielle_trenchteam2.jpg An update from Danielle, a student at Franklin and Marshall College:

I can’t believe it is already the second week that we’ve all been in Italy on the dig. Our days are flying by with the constant excitement, learning, and laughter that is taking place in lecture, on the hill, and while pottery washing. The weather has been beautiful and perfect excavation weather this week – with the exception of a few short rain showers earlier in the week.

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We have learned so much in our short time here. Not only can we all now tell the difference between the different types of pottery, but we have also learned the archaeology lingo for use in our daily activities in the trenches.

The group of fellow students has been great at pitching in and teaching each other. We all have our strengths, and everyone’s willingness to discuss their ideas and opinions makes the learning experience that much more hands-on.

Every day has been filled with something unexpected and new. I look forward to what the coming month will bring.

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