APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE OPEN

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy) is an academic program aimed at training students in 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, capital of the Tuscan province of the same name.

Dates

20 June - 15 July 2022 (first session)
18 July - 12 August 2022 (second session)

Credits

Earning of 12 to 24 undergraduate ECTS credits through the University of Pisa

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 center of worship and is still in use.

Previous excavations conducted at the site exposed human burials dated to the middle ages, the renaissance and modern (18th-19th c.) times. Additionally, archaeological investigations revealed the buried remnants of a post-medieval building adjacent to the church, as well as structures belonging to the medieval church and cloister. Excavations at the site have exposed the 19th c. cemetery (including burials attributed to the cholera epidemics that afflicted Tuscany in 1855 AD) and identified buried remnants of a post-medieval building adjacent to the church, as well as structures belonging to the medieval church and cloister. During the 2020 field season, the field school will continue to explore the medieval and post-medieval levels of the site, including the cemetery as well as the monastery’s ruins.

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 field school is a project created by the University of Pisa and managed by IRLAB (Institute for Research and Learning in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology), investigating biocultural complexity in the region surrounding Lucca during the Middle Ages. Specifically, the research project has the following objectives:

  • Excavation and analysis of the monastery’s cemetery, with particular attention to population demography, burial typology, and funerary ritual.
  • Bioarchaeological analysis of the medieval population buried at Badia Pozzeveri, with particular attention to biological diversity, paleopathology, and activity patterns.
  • Reconstruction of the settlement’s evolution from the Early Middle Ages until Modern times.
  • Analysis of material culture from a monastic center along the Via Francigena, with particular attention to trade dynamics, diffusion of technical knowledge and economic activities related to monastic life.

Learning objectives

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.

Cost

EUR 2000.00/session

The cost listed for each session covers Field School activities (excavation practice, lectures, laboratory activities and instruments), meals (MON to FRI: breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation and airport pick-up service (set schedule); registration and tuition with the University of Pisa for 12-24 CFU credits (NOTE: most US institutions will convert 1 CFUs to 0.6 credit hours, that is, about 7 credit hours per session) . Additional documentation and payment processing fees (not to exceed $80/session) will be applied to the final invoice.

The University of Pisa will sponsor one grant of 1000 euro (alternatively, two 500-grants) preferably to students coming from developing Countries.

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. Current enrollment in a university is not a requirement; all applications are evaluated equally and acceptance decisions are primarily based on merit.

Housing
Housing is provided by the Summer School in a shared-room dormitory by the excavation site.

Meals
Participants in the Summer School will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday.

Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm (including one hour lunch break).

The course will be offered in English (with optional Italian translation) in the following formats:

  • Field practice
  • Lectures
  • Labs
  • Workshops

How to apply

Summer and Winter Schools are open to university students and young professionals. You are required to go through the following procedural steps:

  1. REGISTRATION: connect to UNIPI’s Alice portal and register. Each step you need to take in order to complete your registration on Alice is widely outlined in the Summer/Winter School “How to apply” Tutorial available in the Attachments at the bottom of this webpage. Please read it carefully and follow the instructions step by step.
  2. DOCUMENTS: after registration on the Alice portal, the system will give you a username and you will choose a password. Before proceeding to the next step, make sure you have the following documents:
    • Identity Document (*PASSPORT in case you are a foreign student*)
    • Enrolment Form (the Enrolment Form is available in the Attachments at the bottom of this webpage. You are due to fill in the form and SIGN IT TWICE, in both areas marked “Sign here”, as it is stated in the document itself; you will upload it on the portal when required)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Any other document which might be required by the Summer/Winter School you decided to enrol in (if that is the case, such documents will be specified on the Summer/Winter School webpage)
    • All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required.
  3. ENROLMENT: after the registration, you can enrol in the Summer/Winter School you would like to attend. The Enrolment Process is outlined in the Summer/Winter School “How to apply” Tutorial available in the Attachments at the bottom of this webpage.
    Please read the instructions carefully and follow the outlined steps.

Please note that you are not required to have an italian tax code and a residence permit to enrol in summer/winter schools.

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    An occasion to visit Italy

    Badia Pozzeveri is located in a strategic position that allows you to reach the main cities and touristic localities easily. In 40 mins you can get to Pisa, the leaning tower city, in 20 mins to Lucca, a perfectly preserved medieval town surrounded by Renaissance walls. Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, featuring countless monuments and art masterpieces, is only 1 hour away by train. The connection to Rome is direct with a 3-hour trip. You can also reach the city of Volterra, located in the interior of Tuscany, with its many archeological monuments, and in 2 hours you can reach the pearls of Ligurian tourism, the Cinque Terre.