Join this Earthwatch Institute expedition and live the life of an archaeologist, spending most of your time carefully unearthing artifacts and removing them for cleaning and study. You’ll also help catalog and map the locations of artifacts, and maybe try rebuilding original objects from the fragments you’ve discovered.

Do something special this summer: help excavate, study, and conserve what remains of a Roman villa near the ancient seaside city of Populonia, once a center of metalworking and trade. And meet fascinating people from around the world at the same time.

Your team will work at the site of a once-luxurious Roman villa on Poggio del Molino (Windmill Hill), overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The villa was built at the start of the 1st century A.D., when the main city of Populonia was mysteriously abandoned. People continued to live at the villa, though, until the end of the 5th century, so it is one of the few existing sources of information from this time period. You’ll even get to try your hand at creating tools using ancient methods. You’ll have an unparalleled chance to get close to Italy’s ancient past.

You’ll stay in comfortable, modern apartments in the quiet village of Populonia Stazione. The shared bedrooms have twin beds. Along with your teammates and your Earthwatch facilitator(s), you’ll make breakfast in the well-equipped kitchen every morning, and in the evenings staff members will treat you to home-cooked Italian dinners. You’re welcome to help out and try your hand at some of these authentic recipes.

Cost and Session Information

DATES: Jun 27 - Jul 04, 2020

COST: $2575 for 8 days includes all local transportation costs to/from the rendezvous/departure sites, meals, accommodations, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance and a research grant for the research team. Airfare not included.


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