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Archaeological Field School - Alberese

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Archaeological Field School - Alberese
Date of Event
17th August 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
8th August 2017
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The Field School excavations focus on a newly identified Roman rural villa with workshops, and the forum of the famous Etruscan-Roman city of Rusellae. These exceptionally rich and well-preserved sites provide important new evidence for settlement trends and international trade networks in Roman Italy.

The excavations examine two neighboring sites: Rusellae, one of the major Etruscan-Roman cities in the area, and a newly discovered Roman villa in its territory. Both were important commercial centers for Mediterranean trade and intermediaries between the region and Rome.

The two sites are exceptionally rich and well preserved, and provide exciting new evidence for ancient international trade and exchange networks.

The villa excavations have provided evidence of handsome mosaic pavements, and of an economy based on fishing and shipping. It also included a workshop producing metal objects and – highly unusual – Egyptian blue pigment.

The investigations at the extensive city of Rusellae will focus on its Roman forum and its associated mercantile and political infrastructure. The area was also an important statement of civic character that highlights the city's change from an Etruscan to a Roman town.

The course is a fundamental introduction to stratigraphic excavation methods and to studies of excavated artifacts. Subjects include excavation methods and their application, analysis of built structures and archaeological features, context analysis, finds handling and recording, and studies of ceramic, glass, metal, bone, and numismatic material.

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