Practicum: Drones over ancient Samnium

Aerial archaeology practicum in Molise
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In this research oriented field work campaign, you explore the possibilities of aerial archaeology, especially drone imagery, to study ancient mountain society, together with a small, international team in the Apennines.

Target group and admission
The field work practicum 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 international travel costs can be reimbursed. The standard language is English.
Each student should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether the practicum can be a part of the existing curriculum, for instance as an internship. The KNIR can make a certificate stating your participation.

Activities and time period
The field work project is organized by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). It consists of intensive field and lab work in the Apennine mountains. 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 in this practicum. Besides capturing new imagery mainly with drones, we will analyze satellite imagery, Lidar data, historical aerial photos and other remote sensing data. Archaeological finds will also be studied at the base camps.

Expenses and Accommodation in Molise

The team will stay at our study center in Jelsi (CeDISA). Tuition and lodging is free for all participants. After successful completion of the campaign, international travel expenses will be reimbursed up to €100,- for students enrolled in the KNIR partner universities. Local travel and meals are 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.

Application and admission
Students can apply via the link below; include in your application:
• a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 A4), explaining also previous field work experience. Experience with flying drones is of course very useful, but not obligatory, and there are many other tasks during the campaign.

Apply before (new extended deadline)

17 May 2023 via the link below.

More info

Phone: (+39)063269621