This summer, the 6th season of the Vagnari Vicus Archaeological Fieldwork Project will take place from July 1-August 2, 2017. The site is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Puglia (ancient Apulia) in south-east Italy. The field school is open to students and to non-students interested in Roman archaeology.
The aim of the project is to explore the central village (vicus) of a rural estate belonging to the Roman emperors in the first to third centuries A.D. in order to retrieve archaeological evidence for a range of agricultural and industrial activities. It also explores the evidence for slave and free manpower in rural Roman Italy, contributing to an understanding of elite involvement in the exploitation of the environment.
This year we will be targeting the remains of a Roman building in which wine was made and stored in large ceramic vats, and we will be exploring the new structural and artefactual evidence for a Hellenistic settlement of the second century B.C. which became the core of the Roman imperial village. An in-depth study of Hellenistic and Roman ceramic assemblages also will be conducted.
The field school runs for 4 weeks under the direction of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia and the British School at Rome.
Application deadline is 15th April 2017. The participation fee is £2200 and includes supervision and training, instruction in finds and artefact processing, daily transport to and from the site, meals during the working week, and shared accommodations in the lovely medieval town of Gravina in Puglia. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Italy.
To find out more about the project and to apply, please go to the project website at:
or contact Prof. Maureen Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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