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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New perspectives on archaeology

Arianne_Billie_Trench_PC38.jpg An update from Billie Christine, an undergraduate at the University of Georgia:

There are only three days left, and I am trying to take in every second that I can. Through all of the blisters, calluses, intense heat, dirt, and sore muscles, there is nothing more rewarding that enjoying Italian home-cooking overlooking the most magnificent view anyone could ask for (although it does give “Under the Tuscan Sun” a whole new meaning).

Arianne_Billie_Alvaro_Matt.jpg I have to admit that after the first week, I began asking myself, “What was I thinking? I’m a Latin teacher!” Squatting, by the way, is my new resting position, and the experience is character-building, to say the least. That being said, I could not imagine ever living without having experienced this.

Coming from a museum background, I have gained a whole new view and understanding of archaeology that will continue with me in my future studies of ancient art. I am so grateful for this opportunity, for the scholars I have worked with, for the unforgettable experiences, and for the awe-inspiring landscapes. And don’t forget the wine! Although I don’t want to leave, I know that this will stick with me always.

Viva PC 38!

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