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Archaeological Digs: Studies in Classics

Archaeological Excavation Practicum in Italy

  • An intensive introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation, including laboratory practice and field activities (excavation, survey, mapping) in ancient sites near the town of Cerveteri on the West coast of Italy, 48 km North of Rome, which lies on the site of the Etruscan city of Chaisra, called Caere by the Romans.
  • Field activities will include classes on Etruscan and Roman archaeology, field methods of archaeology, field conservation, and other topics of interest.
  • The course, four- or six-weeks long, usually takes place in June.
  • The course coordinator for CLST 409 is Dr. Fabio Colivicchi (

Please visit the Department of Classics Caere webpage for more information.

The Humayma Excavation Project in Jordan

  • Students enrolled in this course attend weekly seminars during the field season concerning various aspects of the excavation and write papers relevant to their dig experiences or particular academic interests.
  • Students and may also be eligible to earn a credit towards their degree program. CLST 408 (1.0 credit) provides an intensive six-week introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation during participation in the Humayma Excavation Project run by Dr. Barbara Reeves .
  • Permission to register for this course must be received in advance from Dr. Reeves.

  • For more information about the project and application requirements, please visit the Humayma Project on the Classics department website.

Students hone skills and gain international experience on excavation

Working on an excavation project in Jordan is not the relaxing backpacking vacation many students take during the summer.

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