Earthwatch: Italy - Discovering Italy’s Ancient Etruscan and Roman Coast

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  • Program Type(s): Volunteer

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Help excavate and save the cultural treasures of a Roman villa, or uncover an Etruscan burial ground, both overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea along Tuscany's stunning central coast. During May and June travel, you’ll excavate the Etruscan coastal n... read more

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Help excavate and save the cultural treasures of a Roman villa, or uncover an Etruscan burial ground, both overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea along Tuscany's stunning central coast.

During May and June travel, you’ll excavate the Etruscan coastal necropolis - a burial ground - of San Cerbone, at the Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park. You’ll investigate a portion of the Park stratigraphically, verify the site’s history, and find out what structures have occurred. It is the most important place to discover and understand the lives of the people who lived in Populonia between the 7th and the 1st century BC.

On travel during September to October, you’ll continue to help save a nearly-forgotten treasure trove of ancient Roman culture at the Roman maritime settlement of Poggio del Molino. You’ll fill key gaps in our knowledge of the industrial history and coastal economy of Populonia and its territory, from the early Roman period (250/200 BCE) to the early Middle Ages (600 CE) and enrich Tuscany’s archaeological heritage.

You’ll join Dr Carolina Megale, Dr Francesco Ghizzani Marcia, and Dr Giandomenico De Tommaso as you document all finds, carry out experimental archaeology and survey the area surrounding the dig site to collect, clean, and document artefacts such as pottery shards, mosaic, fresco, metal, and coins. Learn more about Earthwatch Expedition: Discovering Italy’s Ancient Etruscan and Roman Coast.

Program Type(s):
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
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