Populonia Archaeological Excavations

Populonia and Baratti Area
Populonia Archaeological Excavations
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Junemid JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Italian
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Students will actively participate in the excavation of an ancient Etruscan cemetery containing numerous tombs dating to the 4th century B.C. Students will be trained in archaeological techniques and fully participate in the learning of recording and cataloging of important finds including pottery, oil lamps and bronzes. The Populonia excavation is located on the beautiful Mediterranean coast in northwest Italy.


This field school will provide students with the necessary knowledge of methods and techniques of stratigraphic excavation, as well as with a practical experience in archaeological digging, documentation of the excavation, technical relief and structural analysis of walls and mosaics.  In the pottery lab, students will be introduced to cleaning, classifying and cataloging mobile artifacts.  In the conservation lab, students will learn and practice techniques of restoration on the mosaic floor. Seminars about Principles of Stratigraphy, Etruscan and Roman pottery, and History of Populonia are included.

The program includes excursions and trips around the region, including the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, the Acropolis and the Medieval Castle of Populonia.

During this four-week program, students may earn up to 6 fully accredited units from the University of Arizona at the undergraduate or graduate level. The program is co-sponsored by the classical archaeology division of the University of Florence in Italy and by the Departments of Anthropology and Classics at the University of Arizona.

Courses Available (6 units):

Classics or Anthropology 463 - undergraduate
Classics or Anthropology 563 - graduate


The program is coordinated through Regents Professor Dr. David Soren, Departments of Anthropology, Classics and Art, University of Arizona, who is a Resident of the American Academy of Rome and an honorary Italian citizen. Italian coordinator is Giandomenico De Tommaso, Professor of Classical Archaeology of the University of Florence. Field Director/Lecturer is Dr. Carolina Megale of the University of Florence.


The Populonia dig is located on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of northwest Italy, approximately 2 hours from Florence.


Students will stay in furnished apartments (3-5 students per apartment) with a fully-equipped kitchen and living area.  Shared laundry is available.  Students may rent towels and linens or bring their own.  The apartments are located in the small quaint town of Populonia Stazione, a 5 minute drive to the excavation site (transportation provided daily) and a 20 minute walk to the beach.   

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