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Summer Study Session of Parco dei Ravennati Excavation

Come to Rome and engage history: exploration, archaeology, and conservation!

Students learn about archaeological methodology and practice by visiting archaeological sites in Rome and studying the materials from the ongoing Ravennati excavation with team experts.

Study of coins, metal worked objects, bone-worked objects, inscriptions, architectural fragments (marble, ceramic), marble revetment, pottery (1st century BC - Renaissance) with specialists in the related fields, as well as skeletal remains with an experienced anthropologist. 

The work will take place within Ostia Antica under the supervision of AIRC Director, Darius Arya, as well as specialist staff. 


WHEN: JUNE 4, 2017 - JULY 1, 2017

For comparative analysis, students will also examine other excavation sites (active as well as accessible to public). 

The team will also practice (as during regular excavation seasons) experience in geophysical surveying, use of total station, and other measuring devices, in addition to study of methodology and approaches in contemporary excavation and analysis of finds.


The American Institute for Roman Culture’s Summer Archaeological Field School- Study Session 2017 is an intensive, accredited four-week educational program in Roman archaeology led by AIRC faculty and affiliated expert archaeologists. The program offers students a unique combination of (1) one week of specialized academic instruction on the topography and development of Rome, including visits to major museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in the ancient city, and (2) 3 weeks of intense hands-on study and analysis and documentation of finds from an important archaeological site in the city and environs. In 2017 the program will be held from June 4 through July 1 and will take place at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome.