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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 eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Archaeological Field School

Italy, Summer 2022

Archaeological Field Camp
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.

Recommended Prerequisite: 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 (6 credits)
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad (3 credits)

Program Dates*

May 28 - July 6, 2022 


Sample Itinerary

May 28 
  • 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
May 29
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Barbarano Museum and hike to San Giuliano for site orientation
  • Free time                                    
May 30
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG) to begin excavations
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
May 31
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 1
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 2
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 3
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 4
  • Depart for Rome via train
  • Visit museum sites in the morning, with free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Rome
June 5
  • Return from Rome to BR via train
June 6
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 7
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 8
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 9
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 10
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 11
  • Depart for train to Viterbo (day trip)
  • Return to BR via train
  • Dinner
June 12
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 13
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 14
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 15
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 16
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 17
  • Depart for weekend trip to Umbria via bus
June 18
  • Umbria activities
June 19
  • Umbria activities
  • Return to BR
June 20
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 21
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 22
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Lecture
  • Dinner
June 23
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 24
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 25
  • Day trip via bus to Banditaccia (Etruscan cemetery)
  • Lunch in Cerveteri
  • Tour of castle at Santa Severa
  • Beach in the afternoon
June 26
  • Free Day
June 27
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 28
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 29
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
June 30
  • Breakfast
  • Bus to San Giuliano (SG)- last day of fieldwork
  • Return from SG to BR
  • Dinner
July 1-2
  • Breakfast
  • Packing up of lab and archaeological materials
  • Completion of all tasks needed to end the field season
  • Dinner
July 3
  • Depart for Lake Bolsena
July 4-5
  • 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.
July 6
  • 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 2022: Coming Soon!

Summer 2021: $6675

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course. 
 
Included: 

  • Application Deposit 
  • Tuition and mandatory fees 
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Some group meals
  • Guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
 
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees
  • Covid-19 Testing 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Some meals 
  • Personal spending 
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. 
 
The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments 

 
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.) 
 
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. 
 
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit 
 
Note:
  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. 
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge. 
 
Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad. 
 
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal. 
 
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 
 
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu. 
After acceptance: 

*Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
 
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at MasonLed@gmu.edu to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at Military@gmu.edu.
 
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:

Final Deadline

March 10, 2022

 

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.

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

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Name Jamie Aprile, PhD
Email japrile@gmu.edu

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright (she/her)
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone (703) 993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2022 07/06/2022

** 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.