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Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
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Good Academic Standing
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Faculty Led
Program Director:
Gary Farney
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Program Description:
The Program
  • The Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy, in operation since 2012, is an experiential program that endeavors to teach undergraduate and graduate students methods in field-based archaeology, including excavation techniques, site management, and field surveying techniques
  • Participate in the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, an archaeological dig site focused on the excavation and preservation of Republican-era Roman villas
  • In addition to hands-on field work, students will also lectures and assignments overseen by Rutgers faculty and graduate assistants from a wide array of departments on both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses
Your Host City: Vacone (Sabina Region, Lazio)
Vacone is a small medieval town located in the Sabina region of Italy.  Only a 40 minute train ride from center-city Rome, the town is rarely visited by tourists; however, those who do make the trip are often stunned by its natural beauty and simple charm.  Vacone and several of the neighboring hilltop towns have summer festivals that students can participate in, including a pasta festival in nearby Casperia, and a medieval festival in Roccantica.  The surrounding is comprised of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.

Faculty Director Profile:
Gary Farney

Dr. Farney is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, specializing in ancient Greek and Roman history. He is also a trained numismatist (the study of the collection of coins and other currencies).  His research focuses on political and material culture of the Roman Republic, as well as ancient Italic ethnic identity.  He is the founding director of the Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy.

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The program is designed to introduce graduate students to a variety of conservation and preservation techniques while helping to significantly advance Rutgers faculty research for the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project.  Specifically, graduate students will contribute to the Vacone excavation portion of this project, which involves excavating a Roman villa that appears to date to the late Republican period (i.e. the second and first centuries BCE).

There are two options of study in this project:

Session I & II- Graduate students can participate in the regular field school excavation project, followed by an intensive course of restoration and conservation for a total of 6 credits. Here students will join the undergraduate field school operations while it begins to uncover the site and the expected material that will be found that will need conserved, and then switch to conservation later in the program.  Reading and study material will be distributed throughout course, and students will take a final written exam. 

Session II only- You can simply participate in the intensive course of restoration and conservation (exact dates to be determined). You will receive 3 graduate credits.  The course will build on previous operations and interventions at the site of Vacone conducted by the Italian Archaeological Service.  The work of this course will focus on restoring and conserving standing architectural remains from previously excavated dig sites.*

* Work will be conducted 5 days a week, for approximately 6 contact hours per day; weekends off; entire project is 5 weeks. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program will include one weekend excursion to the nearby town of Rieti and its surrounding countryside.  Students will stay on an agriturismo and will tour the surrounding area to see sites of cultural relevance.  Students are also encouraged to travel to Rome or other nearby locales on other weekends. On Friday afternoon, staff will drive students to a nearby train station (Poggio Mirteto) for a direct train into Rome (40 minutes); likewise, they will pick up returning students on Sunday afternoon.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live in an agriturismo (a kind of country hotel and restaurant), called Le Colline, located very close to the Vacone villa site. Le Colline has rooms of two to four people, each with a separate bathroom.  The agriturismo has internet access and will provide us with a means to do laundry.  All meals will be provided at the agriturismo for staff and students from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the agriturismo or elsewhere. Students will also be able to visit the town of Vacone and other local towns regularly.

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet (for sessions I & II, and only session II).

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.