NOTICE: Due to the persistence of restrictions on student mobility and on-site teaching activities, the Summer School "Field School Pozzeveri in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology" has to be cancelled for this year.
The Summer School will be held in 2022.
New dates and the new application deadline will be published in October 2021.
The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy) is an academic program aimed at training students in the archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods. Excavations will take place at the church of “San Pietro a Pozzeveri” in the municipality of Altopascio. Badia Pozzeveri is located approximately 10 miles east of the city of Lucca, the capital of the Tuscan province of the same name. San Pietro’s church was once part of a Camaldolese monastery, which was founded in the 11th century on the shores of Lake Bientina. The medieval lake, now entirely dried up, extended between Lucca and the Arno River. The monastery flourished during the 12-13th centuries thanks to its location along the Via Francigena, a major trade and pilgrimage route, which connected France and Northern Europe with Rome throughout the entire Middle Ages. The monastery’s decline started in the 14th century and eventually led to its dissolution in the 15th century. San Pietro’s church remained as the village’s centre of worship and is still in use.
The field school at Badia Pozzeveri is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. The field school is designed to provide participants with knowledge of archaeological field methods, including:
Survey and excavation
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and informatics
Bioarchaeological field and research methods
Recovery, restoration, and analysis of human skeletal remains.
Practical, hands-on experience in the field will be complemented by laboratory activity in archaeology and bioarchaeology.
Lectures by the directors and instructors on their research will also provide students with insights into the theory and practice of archaeology and physical anthropology.
Who can apply
The course is open to up to 30 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students in archeology, anthropology, or allied disciplines from any country and institution.
The Summer School has no formal prerequisites; students will be fully trained for all the activities they experience.
Students interested in applying to the Summer School must fill out and submit the online Application Form.
Prior to their arrival to Italy, the students are required to complete all readings included in the attached reading list. The readings will include topics such as bioarchaeology, stratigraphy, geographic information systems. An understanding of such topics is essential to maximize on-site learning.
Students are required to participate actively in both fieldwork and laboratory activities, and to demonstrate a good understanding of the concepts and techniques employed in the field.
Participation and overall performance in the field will be monitored throughout the entire field school. A final examination will be administered during the last week of the program to assess the student’s mastery of the theoretical and practical concepts and techniques learned throughout the entire field school.
12 for the first session
24 first + second session
(accommodation 1.000 euro)
Please write to the coordinator for further details.
14 June - 9 July 2021 (first session)
12 July - 6 August 2021 (second session)
17 May 2021