Topic ID #17343 - posted 3/30/2012 1:27 AM
UNESCO Field School of Archaeology at Adulis (Eritrea)
From the collaboration between the Institute for Training and Research of the Italian Federation of UNESCO and the Centre for GeoTechnologies of the University of Siena has been started the UNESCO Field School of Archaeology (www.istitutoficlu.org/unesco-field-school/). The School offers an academic program aimed at training students in archaeological field with particular attention to the technological methods: geophysical prospection, GPS, photogrammetric and laser scanner surveys, data management and mapping using GIS, publication of data through the internet and internet-mobile systems. The School is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. Practical, hands-on experience in the field will be complemented by laboratory activities. Lectures by the directors and instructors on their research will also provide students with insights in the theory and practice of archaeology.
The ancient site of Adulis is well known by classical sources, as the Periplus Maris Erithraei (Periple of the Red Sea) by an anonymous writer of the 1st century A.D., the Naturalis Historia (Natural History) by Pliny the Elder (1st century A.D.) and the Topographia Christiana (Christian Topography) by Cosmas Indicopleustes (6th century A.D.). These written sources describe the town as an important port of trade in the Red Sea in Antiquity.
The five years project, started in January 2011, aims to study the history, the architectural phases and the spatial organisation of the town of Adulis. In order to reach this goal the area of the most significant masonry structures of the site will be excavated and will be carried out an accurate documentation of the archaeological evidence. This documentation will include photogrammetrical analysis and laser-scanning survey of structures. In order to understand the spatial development of the site will be conducted geophysical survey as well as geological analysis for the collection of environmental data. The project will also include a program of conservation of the excavated masonry structures. The results of the archaeological research will be disseminated through web, television broadcasting, documentaries, magazines and scientific publications.
• 1st week at the Centre for GeoTechnologies in Italy: seminars and lectures (GIS, GPS, laser scanner, geophysical prospection, photogrammetry) + excursions (Florence, Siena)
• 2nd, 3rd, 4th weeks at Adulis in Eritrea: excavation + laboratory activities + excursions (Massawa, Asmara)
The field activity includes:
• Systematic excavation
• Methods of documentation with GPS, total station and terrestrial photogrammetry
• Aerial photogrammetry with drone
• Laser scanning
• Geophysical prospection
• GIS application
• Laboratory activities (cleaning, labeling, restoration and analyzing finds, as well as elaboration of excavation data, such as GPS, total station and laser scanner survey, GIS records…)
Tuition and fees
Students will pay support fees in the amount of $4600 or €3500. These fees will cover housing, meals, excavation and laboratory equipment and staff costs. The fees must be paid in full upon admission. International travel to/from Italy is not included in these fees and is the students’ sole responsibility. Travel expenses from Rome to Asmara and from Asmara to Rome are included.
A discount is applied for students coming from the same university or institute, at least two students: $4350 or €3300 for each student.
The application deadline is August 20, 2012. However, applications are reviewed as soon as they are received and suitable applicants are accepted immediately. The instructors reserve the right to verify any of the information reported in the application form and request supporting documentation (e.g., advising reports; references) at their discretion. Instructors will make final decisions regarding enrollment. Only accepted students will be able to enroll in the School. Upon acceptance, students will receive detailed information on enrollment requirements.
Students interested in applying to the field school must fill out the online Application Form :
For further information please contact:
Giulio Bigliardi, PhD
Laboratory of GeoTechnologies for Archaeology
Centre for GeoTechnologies – Univ. of Siena, Italy
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