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KNIR Field School: Exploring Mountain Society in Ancient Samnium

2 June 2021

In this field school offered by the KNIR, you explore the archaeology of ancient mountain societies with a small, international team working on mountain sites in the southern Apennines. Together we develop the best field methodology for each site and area, combining hard old-fashioned field work with Lidar, satellite and drone data. The history and archaeology of ancient societies often focus on coastal settlements in fertile plains, well-connected by the Mediterranean Sea. Mountain societies have been understudied because of negative, primitive stereotyping, and simply because field work is much harder in thin air and thick vegetation. Yet, highland sites in the Apennines were often much more complex than previously thought and display dynamic connections within as well as outside the region. In this campaign, we try to shed light on sites such as hillforts, villages and farms and their role in the local ecosystem as well as in the wider ancient Mediterranean world. Besides acquiring practical skills in the field, in the lab you learn to study ceramics and other finds, as well as to process Lidar, drone and other remote sensing data. The campaign is physically demanding, but guarantees beautiful views of the Apennine mountains and an encounter with a very special area of Italy, far from beaches, metropoleis and tourists.


Date: 20 September – 10 October 2021 (minimum participation is 2 weeks)

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2021

The field school is open for BA, MA, RMA en PhD students.

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