Topic ID #36581 - posted 1/8/2016 10:29 AM

2016 Case Bastione Field School in Italy


This field school is run by the Institute for Field Research. For any questions, please email or call us toll free at +1 (877) 839-4374. Institute for Field Research office address: 2999 Overland Ave. #103, Los Angeles, CA, 90064


Location: Sicily, Italy
Cost: $4,550
Course Dates: July 3 – August 6, 2016
Field School Website:

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University of California Los Angeles.

Tuition includes registration, accommodations, programs, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals, and optional excursions are additional.


The Case Bastione field school is located in Sicily within the Western Erei uplands in the valley of the Morello river, a tributary of the Southern Imera river. It is a large settlement which dates from the Late Neolithic to the Bronze Age. This project examines the time span from the 6th millennium to the 1st millennium BCE. This time period covers human presence on the Erei upland, from the beginning of the Neolithic Period to the contact between the local indigenous communities with Greek settlers established along the Sicilian coasts in the 8th-7th century BCE. Through this unique opportunity students are able to participate in an ongoing, large scale research project, co-directed by Dr. Enrico Giannitrapani and Filippo Iannì. This project studies the cultural and social dynamics of human occupation of the Erei upland. Participating students will engage in excavation of the various collapsed layers that cover the beaten clay floor; they will record all the archaeological features encountered, using cutting edge photogrammetric techniques, including digital and 3D systems. Students will also be able to work in the laboratory, washing, cataloging and recording all finds recovered from the excavation.


faculty Enrico Giannitrapani
Dr. Enrico Giannitrapani ( is the CEO of Arkeos, and the Principal Field School Director of the Case Bastione field school. He is a specialist of Mediterranean Prehistory.
Faculty Filippo Ianni
Dr. Fillippo Iannì (
 is a member of Arkeos, and a Field School Director of the Case Bastione field school. He is a specialist of Mediterranean Prehistory.
Faculty Paolo Guarino2
Dr. Paolo Guarino ( is a collaborator of Arkeos, and a Field School Director of the Case Bastione field school. He is a specialist of Mediterranean and Near East Prehistory.



Student accommodations are provided by the Villarosa's Municipality, with bedrooms, a common room, and a kitchen. The rooms are comfortable and spacious and will be shared. There will be separate rooms for male and female students. There are separate male and female toilets and hot showers. There will be a bed for each team member and you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, sheets and towels

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Mon through Fri, when you engage in excavation activities. Packed lunches will be provided at the site and dinners will be consumed as a communal activity in local restaurants. Students are responsible for their own lunch and dinner on weekends – when we expect many will travel to see and explore other parts of Sicily. This field school can accommodate vegetarians (you must notify field school director). But it is unable to accommodate any other dietary restrictions.



On successful completion of the field school, students will be able to:

• Understand the different elements of an archaeological field project and the relationships between these elements

• Apply standard excavation methods to archaeological contexts

• Use standard and digital recording techniques to document excavation results

• Undertake preliminary processing of archaeological artifacts and ecofacts

• Undertake preliminary analysis of archaeological artifacts and ecofacts



Archaeological field work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town. This program operates in a period (early summer) that can be very hot: average daytime temperature in July is 75-950 F. You are required to provide suitable clothing (including a hat) and footwear as well as sun screen and insect repellent. These can be purchased locally. If you have medical concerns, please discuss them with your doctor. All other concerns may be discussed with project director – as appropriate.


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