Summer Archaeological Excavation for Students at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome

Taught by: Dr. John Pollini, Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology, Dept. of Art History, USC (in conjunction with the American Institute for Roman Culture in Rome).

To participate for credit students must enroll in USC's Summer Session: AHIS 325 Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods & Practice

There are no prerequisites, and no prior experience in archaeology or knowledge of Italian is required, only a desire to excavate and to learn about Roman civilization and material culture. Students will be housed in Rome during the period of the excavation. This six week course will include one intensive week of study about the monuments of Rome, as well as about field archaeological methodology and practice, and five weeks of excavating at Ostia, the ancient port of Rome. The excavation itself is from Mon. through Fri. with the rest of the time off to explore Rome, its environs, or other nearby Italian cities. Registration for USC Summer Session required. Students at universities or colleges other than USC can also participate in this dig course and earn 4 units of credit through USC. The course will be offered from June 9 to July 20, 2014.

NOTE: Interested students should contact Prof. Pollini ( Students in any field of study can participate and apply for $3000 SURF grants to do the dig, so long as they are in the College.

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