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Field School

The Valle Gianni Field School is a four-week program that provides participating students the opportunity to gain hands-on excavation and survey experience at the site of Valle Gianni. While on site at Valle Gianni, students will learn about the history of the region as well as archaeological excavation techniques, materials processing, archaeological survey, GIS and mapping, and proper scientific data recording techniques.

In Gradoli, students will share apartments in the medieval center of town. Lunch will be provided on site and dinner will be provided at a local restaurant. Students are responsible for their own breakfasts but will be provided a snack on those days they are on site.

The field school will be run through the Office of International Studies and Programs at Illinois State University. Students who are not currently enrolled at ISU can apply to participate as an at-large student and every effort will be made to arrange for transfer credit to your home institution.

Graduate students who are interested in participating in the field school are encouraged to contact Dr. Cline or Dr. Jasper directly.

Summer 2024

Program dates: May 18-June 15

Cost: The budget for the program can be found here. Note that there are two prices based on the number of participants. If you have any questions about the budget, please reach out to Dr. Lea Cline (

What is included in the cost? The program fee includes: all housing, two group dinners, morning snack and lunch on site every work day, all ground transportation (including airport transfers), and entrance to all museums/sites during program outings.

Program Schedule

Students should plan to arrive in Rome on May 18 (meaning that you should plan to leave the US on May 17). Students will be taken to the Rome (FCO) airport on June 15 for departure.

DateDayPlaceClasses / MeetingsOther
18 MaySaturdayArriveArrive at FCO (Rome)
Bus to Gradoli
19 May Sunday Gradoli/
Introduction to Gradoli (Palazzo Farnese)
PM: Group dinner in Bolsena
Visit: Archaeological Museum (Bolsena), Catacomba di Santa Cristina
Week 1
20 MayMondayGradoliOn site, training and preparation
21 MayTuesdayGradoliOn site, excavation
22 MayWednesday GradoliOn site, excavation
23 MayThursdayGradoliOn site, excavation 
24 MayFridayGradoliFree day 
25 MaySaturdayGradoli On site, excavation 
26 May SundayGradoli On site, excavation 
Week 2
27 MayMondayGradoliOn site, excavation  
28 MayTuesdayGradoliOn site, excavation
29 MayWednesdayGradoli / OrvietoMorning (site or lab); afternoon visit to Orvieto (archives, necropolis)
30 MayThursdayFree day
31 MayFridayFree day 
1 JuneSaturdayFree dayOrganized pick-up from Orvieto train station
2 JuneSundayGradoliOn site, excavation
Week 3    
3 JuneMondayGradoliOn site, excavation  
4 JuneTuesdayGradoliOn site, excavation
5 JuneWednesdayGradoliOn site, excavation  
6 JuneThursdayGradoliOn site, excavation
7 JuneFridayGradoliOn site, excavation 
8 JuneSaturdayFree day 
9 JuneSundayGradoliOn site, excavation 
Week 4    
10 JuneMondayGradoliOn site, excavation  
11 JuneTuesdayGradoliOn site, excavation  
12 JuneWednesdayGradoliOn site, excavation  
13 JuneThursdayGradoliOn site, backfill  
14 JuneFridayGradoliFree day
Final Group Dinner
15 JuneSaturdayHome!TBD Depart Gradoli for Rome/FCO 

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