Archaeological Field Work: Exploring Mountain Society in Ancient Samnium

Location: Molise
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In this archaeological field practicum, you explore the archaeology of mountain society with an international team in mountain sites in the Apennines.

Target group and admission
The field work is open to Bachelor, Master, Research Master and PhD students in Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Geoarchaeology and related fields enrolled in one of the KNIR partner universities in the Netherlands (RU, RUG, UL, UU, UvA, VU). Students from Italian or other international universities are emphatically welcome to apply too, with the only difference that no travel costs can be reimbursed.


Activities and time period 

10 September (arrival) – 8 October (departure)
The field work project is organized by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) in the Apennine mountains. It consists of work in the field, especially pedestrian field survey, as well as the study of the finds and GIS documentation in the lab. We give priority to students who can participate the full 4 weeks. Students who cannot stay longer, may also apply for a two or three-week period. Although the focus of the project is on research, not on teaching, the high staff-student ratio provides ample room for learning in practice. Autonomy, creativity and initiative are key.

Expenses and Accommodation in Molise
The participants will stay at the study center in Jelsi (CeDISA). Tuition and lodging is free for participants enrolled in the above mentioned Dutch universities. After successful completion of the campaign, international travel expenses will be reimbursed up to €100,- for students enrolled in the KNIR partner universities. Meals are also included. Participants sleep in shared rooms; please bring a sleeping bag, clothes for both hot and cold weather, a hat and sturdy mountain boots to the (somewhat spartan) base camp in Molise.

Credits and assessment
The study load is the equivalent of max. 6 ECTS (168 hours) for the full campaign. Each student should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether the course can be a part of the existing curriculum. Students will be assessed on the basis of participation and their development of insights and skills during the field school.

Application and admission
Students can apply via the link below; include in your application:
• a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 A4)
• a brief cv (if applicable, pointing out previous field work experience, max. 1 A4)
• a recent list of courses followed and grades provided by your university

10 August 2023
Please note that the decision of the selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

More info
Phone: (+39)063269621