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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:

Archaeological Field School

Italy, Summer 2020

Research conducted by this archaeological field school program targets the rich archaeological past of San Giuliano, a site located approximately one hour north of Rome in the Lazio province of Italy.  Situated atop a plateau of volcanic tuff, San Giuliano is best known for the hundreds, if not thousands, of Etruscan tombs cut into the sides of the surrounding escarpments.  The tombs indicate the site’s importance in the Etruscan period (900-300 BC), but tantalizing loose finds suggest an occupation dating back to the Late Bronze and Early Iron ages (1300-900 BC).  San Giuliano occupied a strategic location in relation to Rome and its hinterlands and the site was part of territory incorporated by the expanding Roman state on route to becoming an empire.  The site remained important into the Middle Ages, before finally being abandoned sometime in the mid-13th century AD. Standing ruins of a Roman bath and a medieval church and fortified keep suggest that people lived, worked, and engaged in civic-ceremonial activities atop the plateau.  The plateau thus constitutes a “city of the living” to complement the necropolis, or “city of the dead” in the tombs below.  While portions of a medieval castle and fortification were revealed in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 excavations, the houses and buildings of the medieval town or any earlier settlements remain as-yet undiscovered.
 

Program Highlights

  • Participate in an active archaeological research project
  • Receive hands-on instruction in archaeological excavation methods
  • Explore the history and culture of Italy
  • Spend five weeks in the beautiful Tuscan countryside eating delicious food

Credits

6 credits

 

Eligibility

All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.

Perquisites: ANTH 120 (Unearthing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology) is recommended, but not required. Any necessary historical and archaeological instruction will be provided on site.
 

Course Options

Undergraduate:
  • ANTH 325: Field Techniques in Anthropology

Program Dates*

May 30 - July 8, 2020  


Sample Itinerary

Day 1   
  • Arrive in Rome
  • Rendezvous with Baylor faculty in Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (location TBA)
  • Bus transportation to Barbarano Romano (BR)
  • Check in and get settled in living accommodations
  • Dinner at a restaurant with set menu
Day 2
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Barbarano Museum and hike to San Giuliano for site orientation
  • Free time                                    
Day 3
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG) to begin excavations
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 4
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 5
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 6
  • Depart for Rome via train
  • Visit museum sites in the morning, with free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Return from Rome to BR via train
Day 7
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 8
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 9
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 10
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 11
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 12
  • Depart for train to Viterbo (day trip)
  • Return to BR via train
  • Dinner
Day 13
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 14
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 15
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 16
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 17
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 18
  • Depart for weekend trip to Umbria via bus
Day 19
  • Umbria activities
Day 20
  • Umbria activities
  • Return to BR
Day 21
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 22
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 23
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
Day 24
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 25
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 26
  • Day trip via bus to Banditaccia (Etruscan cemetery)
  • lunch in Cerveteri
  • tour of castle at Santa Severa
  • Beach in the afternoon
Day 27 Free day
Day 28
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 29
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 30
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 31
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)- last day of fieldwork
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
Day 32
  • Breakfast
  • Packing up of lab and archaeological materials
  • Completion of all tasks needed to end the field season
  • Dinner
Day 33
  • Depart for Lake Bolsena
Day 34-36
  • You will be working on finalizing your field journals, post-excavation analysis, and end-of-the-season report at Lake Bolsena.
  • These are due by 7 pm on Tuesday.
  • Daily work schedules will be determined while at Bolsena.
Day 37
  • Bus to Rome airport: END OF PROGRAM
 
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2020: $7,525

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, half-board (daily breakfast and dinner), entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, lunches, compass, optional trips, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program cost.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline* 
December 14, 2019

Final Deadline
March 8, 2020


*(Priority deadline applicants will receive an earlier acceptance decision)
 

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

Links and Resources

Dolomiti Project: http://www.dolomitiproject.it/#homepage

Academic Director

  jamie
Name Jamie Aprile, PhD
Email japrile@gmu.edu

GEO Program Administrator

  Jada
Name Jada Robinson
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-6808


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/30/2020 07/08/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.