Topic ID #38049 - posted 2/10/2017 4:41 PM

2017 USF Field School in Archaeology - The Roman villa of Realmonte (Agrigento, Sicily)


University of South Florida & Soprintendenza BB.CC.AA. di Agrigento
Project Directors: Dr Davide Tanasi (, Dr. Michael Decker (

Students will actively take part in an archaeological dig. Traveling a few miles outside the town of Realmonte, you'll find the remains of a Roman Villa perched directly on the beach. The site was designed as a holiday resort in the first century AD. As the only such example in Sicily, this 'villa marittima' was built with a central courtyard, flanked by columns with a central Impluvium. Some floors are inlaid with marble, others with polychrome mosaics depicting sea creatures and myths.
The academic and fieldwork components of this course comprise field techniques, recording procedures, archaeological drawing, material culture anaylsis, and stratigraphic analysis. Historical context is provided through lectures and writing assignments.  The history of Sicily is very prominently depicted by this area, currently under study by students and scholars from Italy and from around the world. This is a rare opportunity to experience ancient history first-hand. The Field School includes two courses:
HIS 4936 - Field Methods in Archaeology (3 credit hours); HIS 3938 - The Island in the Middle: Sicilian History and Culture from Late Antiquity to the End of the Middle Ages (3 credit hours)

The field school also comprises field studies in the most significant archaeological sites of Sicily as  the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina, the archaeological park and museum of Siracusa, and the archaeological parks of Morgantina and Selinunte. 

Credits and cost
Name of institution offering credit:  University of South Florida
Number of credits offered 6; Tuition: $5,300



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