Topic ID #38954 - posted 11/16/2017 6:29 PM

La Via Dei Monti Lariani Landscape Survey (Lake Como, Italy) 2018

monti lariani survey

1) Dates: May - end of June (2018), specific dates to be announced.

2) The Survey:
La Via Dei Monte Lariani Landscape Survey is a joint Scottish/ Greek expedition to the lower reaches of mountains and hills located in the area of Sorico, at the extreme north of Lake Como.

The survey has been designed to instruct students and volunteers, beginners and advanced alike, in walk-over and plane table survey, site and architectural identification, measured and elevation drawing, archaeological illustration, and photographic and written documentation.

This season will concentrate on sites attributed to a local Saint, Miro, who died at Sorico in the 14th century. Sites include the Grotto di San Miro and the 11th century Church of San Miro, rededicated to the Saint in the 15th century. A survey will also be undertaken of the ruins of the 11th century fortress Castello di San Georgio located to the rear of the town.

A walk-over survey will be undertaken to identify any previously unknown archaeological features and sites in the immediate area. 

3) Costings: The price for the survey field school is £650 (UK Sterling) per person/ 4 weeks and covers accommodation, food and all training. Flights are not included.

4) Accommodation and Food: Accommodation will be in shared caravans on a friendly, family run campsite in the town of Sorico, 10 minutes from the start of the survey and located close to the shoreline of Lake Como. The campsite has modern shower blocks and toilets and a facility to launder clothes. There is an area to pitch tents if preferred and the town boasts many family run hotels that can be booked at team members expense.

Food will be provided three times a day, five times a week as it is assumed that team members would wish to explore the local area on days off. Lugano in Switzerland is easily reached by public transport and Milan is only one hour away by train. A large number of charming towns and villages dot the shoreline between Sorico and Como to the south. Should team members prefer a lazy day at the campsite we wont let you go hungry. The food on offer will largely comprise traditional Italian and Greek recipes.

5) Insurance
: It is mandatory that all team members arrange their own health and travel insurance before commencement of the survey field school.

6) Credits: We do not provide accreditation as we are not affiliated to any one university, however we will assess all team members individually and are happy to liaise with your university to enable credits.

We would recommend the use of an Archaeological Skills Passport as a record of actual training which is extremely useful during those early steps towards a career in the archaeology sector for both an undergraduate and volunteer alike.

For any further information or just a chat about the survey please contact David Swan BSc hons (archaeology) at

Post ID#20947 - replied 2/15/2018 10:35 AM


Dear Members, the price of the survey is £650/2 weeks and £800/month.

Many Thanks, 

David Swan.


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