CLAS 325: Archaeology in Central Italy: the Etruscan and Roman Heritage
Available: summer session one 2023
Instructor: Rebecca Schindler, Ph.D.
This course is part of the Trasimeno Archaeology Field School Program.
Description Archaeology is the study of past civilizations through their material remains. This archaeological material includes anything left behind by ancient people, from buildings to coins. Most of these objects were not left behind on purpose, but rather were thrown away, lost, or abandoned as a result of the natural course of life or due to natural or man-made change. Archaeological remains have to be interpreted; the real challenge of archaeological research is to “tell a story” from these objects.
The course provides insight into theories and methods in archaeological research, data collection, and analysis. The objective is to familiarize students with the strategies employed in the investigation of archaeological records. The theoretical section aims to approach the discipline from different points of view. The course will focus on the history of archaeology in Italy, its origins and development, and the theories and methods of classical archaeology. Students will also learn about a variety of Etruscan and Roman sites as case studies. The course includes visits to local archaeological museums and other sites of interest.
In accordance with ISI Florence’s philosophy, one of the Trasimeno Archaeology Field School goals is to create a stronger and more productive bond with the local community. For this reason, part of the course will be spent in building long-term cooperation with all actors who are interested in the recovery and development of the archaeological heritage of the region.
In this course students will learn about:
- Major archaeological theories;
- Ancient history of Italy (more specifically, Etruscan and Roman history);
- Basic archaeological field methods and their application in the Italian context.