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Italy, Summer

Central Mediterranean Archaeology

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Summer 2019

I) Summary

Location: Cannatello and Stromboli, Sicily, Italy

Dates: July 1 - July 25, 2019

Credits Offered: CLA 330 (3 credits)

Application Deadline: March 21, 2019 Deadline extended to April 9, 2019!

Financial Aid: PELL, TAP, student loans

Scholarships: Chancellor’s Global Scholarship, Gilman

Program Fee: $2,055 (estimate) includes housing, all meals, local transportation, excursions, books, and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $1,705 (program fee balance; estimate) is due April 18, 2019. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (see Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description

The Central Mediterranean Archaeology program takes places in various locations in Sicily and is designed as a study abroad experience for all CUNY students looking to experience an international and interdisciplinary fieldwork. It provides an in-depth overview of Central Mediterranean Archaeology with direct experience on two archaeological excavations and a major museum.

Cannatello is located near the southern coast of Sicily near the Temples Valley of Agrigento. The large fortified village is among the best examples of the Central Mediterranean vibrant life during the Late Bronze Age (14th-12th cent. millennium BC) being a Mediterranean hub with imports from Cyprus, Crete, Aegean, Malta and Sardinia. The activity will be focused on the laboratory.

Lipari Museum in the Aeolian Islands is one of the most significant museums in Europe with the whole prehistoric sequence of Central Mediterranean, it is located in the spectacular Acropolis of the Island in the archeological park. The activity will be focused on the museum collection (on display and on storage).

Stromboli is a multi phase site at the slope of an active volcano. Archaeological remains testify several occupation phases including a village founded at the beginning of Bronze Age (20th-15th cent. BCE), among the first testifying to direct contact with the Aegean world, late classical structures and burials (5th cent CE) and medieval buildings and burials (13th-14th cent CE). The activity will be focused on the excavation and laboratory.

Several other Sicilian sites and museums will be visited.

The experience will provide the students a broader appreciation of archeological methods and practice, ancient civilization, culture, monuments and history in a manner that is not possible in the classroom setting. The learning objectives of the course are thus to provide students with direct experience of current archaeological methods working with an interdisciplinary team of experts and students from other countries. During the four weeks of this archaeological field school students will practically learn all the main field and laboratory techniques performed by professional archaeologists. Their work will involve the topics: topography, GIS, geography, volcanology, stratigraphy, environment, geophysics, geoarchaeology, conservation, artifacts classification and drawing, archaeometry, anthropology, archaeological database. The students will see how knowledge of the material culture and landscape can inform interpretations of ancient history. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the major archeological techniques and with the development of ancient Mediterranean culture, providing them deeper insights into their meanings and significance.

Website: The Stromboli Project

Check out this this paper in Nature and this paper in Antiquity.

Credits & Grades

Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count toward their Hunter GPA.

III) Costs of Attendance

Tuition (3 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $885
Program Fee $2,055 (estimate)
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $1,000
TOTAL US (estimate) $3,940

IV) Further Inquiries

Academic Inquiries
Faculty: Prof. Sara Levi

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
Phone: (212) 772-4983
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