Opportunity in the Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Metals from a Roman blacksmithing Workshop

In 2017-2019 excavations at the Early Imperial craft centre of Podere Marzuolo (Tuscany, Italy) revealed a blacksmithing workshop that was destroyed by fire around the mid-1st century AD and abandoned thereafter. As a result, the Marzuolo smithy provides the opportunity to study a “living” workshop, complete with its ephemeral features, worked objects, and comprehensive toolset, a unique situation for the Roman world.


The Marzuolo Archaeological Project (MAP) (a collaboration between the Universities of Cornell, Melbourne, and Arkansas) and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) offer two 4-week internships from Monday 11 January – Friday 4 February 2022 to aid in the conservation and restoration of the items (largely in iron, and several items in bronze) recovered from the workshop, preparing the assemblage for storage and future museum display. The work will be conducted under the supervision of archaeological conservator Dr. Sara Carraro in the new material culture laboratory of the KNIR.

BA and MA students from Dutch universities, especially those enrolled in an Archaeology or Archaeological Conservation and Restoration degree, are encouraged to apply. No prior specialist knowledge is required. Students will receive free lodging at the KNIR, an expenditure allowance of €70 per week during the internship period and a one-off compensation of €100 for travel expenses.

Deadline: CLOSED
Please note that the decision of the selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


This internship is organized in collaboration with:

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