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Language of instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.25
Housing: Hostel Area of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classical Studies
Program type: Field work Class Status: 1-freshmen, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Description:
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The San Martino Archaeological Field School is a summer program designed to teach students about archaeological field and laboratory methods and the archaeology of ancient Italy. The course is taught on site in central Italy, and participants learn through first-hand experience excavating at the San Martino site as well as through lab work, lectures, readings, and guided museum and archaeological site visits. Participants live in the small town of Torano di Borgorose, where they have the opportunity to learn about life in modern as well as ancient Italy.  No previous archaeological experience or knowledge of Italian is necessary to participate in this program, although prospective participants should note that this is an intensive program that requires physical stamina.

An abbreviated overview of the program follows.  A more detailed description can be found at the San Martino Archaeological Field School web page.


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This is the eleventh season of excavation at the San Martino site in Torano di Borgorose, Italy. The site's archaeological sequence runs from the prehistoric period up to the present day, with archaeological material from every time period in between, including evidence from the Copper Age, a polygonal wall that was part of a Roman structure, extensive remains of a Roman villa, and a medieval church.  The site stands to offer important data about: (1) settlement characteristics in the Copper Age, as no other habitation site from this period has been found in the vicinity; (2) the dating, use and significance of polygonal masonry terracing, a type of ancient architectural feature widely present in central Italy, but rarely studied on the basis on excavation data; (3) the nature of the production and trade of pottery in the area in the late antique period; and (4) the dating of ancient earthquakes and other environmental events in the region.
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In 2019, our team will be focused on uncovering and excavating more of the Copper-Age settlement.  Although we may encounter further Roman and Medieval remains in connection with this work, we will not actively focus on these components of the site in 2019.  Participants will nonetheless learn about the Roman and Medieval history and archaeology of San Martino, and this instruction will be supplemented with hands-on experience excavating at a nearby site with ancient Roman remains.  For further details about the work planned for 2019, please contact Professor Colantoni directly.  On-site training is supplemented with regular class meetings and field-trips to museums and archaeological sites in Rome, Sulmona, Alba Fucens, Avezzano, and Rieti.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants live in the town of Torano di Borgorose in hostel-style accommodations, with cots for three to six people in each room and shared bathrooms and showers. Single rooms are not available, and participants should be prepared to live in shared space. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the week and on some weekend days. Breakfast is self-service, with cereal, milk, fruit, cookies, coffee, and tea available. Lunch is taken picnic-style at the site. Dinner is either a hot meal prepared by a local cook for our group or a meal prepared in a local restaurant.  Participants also have access to and are welcome to use the kitchen on their own.


The cost for the 2019 program is $4,785. This cost includes: two nights in a hotel in Rome, transportation within Italy, room and board as described above, museum admission fees, and tuition for 6 credit hours from the University of Rochester. It does not include the cost of airfare, personal equipment (trowel and steel-toed shoes), or course textbooks.

University of Rochester students are eligible for summer study abroad scholarships through the university’s Center for Education Abroad and the Department of Religion and Classics.  UR applicants will automatically be considered for these scholarships.  See below for further information.


Application deadline: 25 March 2019.  Applications received before 1 March will be accepted on a rolling basis.  In other words, if you are interested in early admission to the program, please submit your application before 1 March 2019.  All applicants will be contacted for an interview after they have submitted the application form.

Scholarships for UR Faculty Education Abroad Programs
UR Scholarships
University of Rochester students may be eligible to receive a scholarship for this Program. Read the Scholarships document in your Learning Content for details.
Other scholarships
There are many scholarships and funding sources, both need and merit-based, for education abroad, and we encourage you to apply.  Visit our Scholarships page for more information.
Do not wait until the last minute to research what you may be eligible for, as scholarships are competitive, and will not be awarded for poorly-written applications. Scholarships for short-term and summer programs, and for international students, are limited, so it is especially important to begin looking for scholarships sooner, rather than later.  
Applications may require a copy of your official transcript, essays or personal statement, letters of recommendation, and financial aid information.
Note that RIG and Discover funding may be applicable to education abroad.

Contact Information

Professor Elizabeth Colantoni
Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester, Box 270074
Rochester NY USA
Telephone: 585-275-9360

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA