The harbour system of the Etruscan and Roman city of Volterra (central Tuscany)
Our project stems from archaeological research that the Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa, under the direction of prof. M. Pasquinucci and Dr. S. Menchelli, has been conducting for over twenty years at St. Gaetano di Vada (municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno), along the coast of Tuscany. Here a settlement of considerable interest, related to the harbour system of one of the most famous Etruscan and Roman city in Tuscany, Volterra, has been found and partially excavated.
Now the Laboratory of Ancient Topography entrusted to our Cooperative (ArcheoData), made up of experienced archaeologists, a new part of the excavations. Here we intend to start a Summer School opened to foreign and Italian students of archaeology, who wish to live an experience of archaeological excavation in Italy. The Summer School will be held on 4-24/August/2013.
These will be our main pourposes:
• conducting tutorial activities that allow participants to understand the scientific method that archaeologists use today. We will try to explain our work, starting from when a site is identified through surveys and GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) investigations, until the stratigraphic excavation, the only activity that allows you understand the whole history of an ancient settlement .
• We will continue the scientific research of the University of Pisa, extending the investigation to a new area of the settlement, recently identified through geophysical surveys. Participants will be deeply involved in this new adventure, thanks to a team of skillfull archaeologists, able to explain clearly all the different aspects of the research they will carry out.