Salapia Field School

Field School

Students get their hands dirty excavating during the Salapia Exploration Project field course in Italy, taught by Prof. Totten. 

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Salapia Exploration Project

The Salapia Exploration Project was started in 2013 to explore the human and natural landscapes of the Salpi Lagoon and the Monte di Salpi in Apulia, Italy. Ours is a collaborative, Italo-American project that brings together scholars and students from the University of Foggia (Foggia, Italy) and McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and Davidson College (NC, USA). The project is co-directed by Prof. Darian Totten (McGill), Roberto Goffredo (Foggia), and Giovanni De Venuto (Foggia).

Students can participate in the Salapia Exploration Project!

Undergraduates can participate in the project by registering for CLAS 349 Archaeology Fieldwork: Italy (graduate students register for CLAS 649 Archaeological Fieldwork in Italy). The project involves excavation of a the Roman town of Salapia and its port, whose occupation dates from the 1st c. BCE to the Middle Ages. This excavation is run as a field school, to train students with little to no experience in archaeology how to dig, collect artifacts, record site features, and perform laboratory methods associated with archaeological fieldwork. There will also be opportunities, depending on research agendas for the season, to participate in magnetometry survey and field survey. There will be weekly seminars on assigned readings where students will discuss how we move from archaeological excavation to archaeological interpretation. Topics include: field methods; artifacts and interpretation; ports in the Roman world; economy and society in the Roman empire; Roman city life. We will also have a geomorphologist with us for two weeks, so students can observe the work she is doing as well. No prior field experience or coursework in Classics is required.

2019 Field Course

CLAS 349/649 runs for six weeks, 17 June 2019-26 July 2019 (tentative). This is a three credit course. Students must pay McGill per-credit summer tuition. In addition, there is a course fee of CAD$2661 for McGill students (additional fees may apply to non-McGill students). Fees cover course materials and tools, room, most meals (Monday-Thursday plus breakfast and lunch on Friday), and daily transportation from the accommodations to the archaeological site. 

Enrolment in this course is limited to 12 students, and is by permission only. Interested students should submit an application to Prof. Totten via darian.tottern [at] (email). The application will include a short essay explaining motivations for participation, the brief recommendation of a faculty member who knows you, and a brief interview with Prof. Totten either in person or via Skype. Consult the application form (link below) for more information. Applications for the Summer 2019 field season are due due by 15 February, 2019.

Deposit: If accepted to the course, a non-refundable deposit of $300 is required upon enrollment, and paid by 29 March 2019. You should make the payment to your student fee account the way you normally make payments. Once the payment is made, please send an email to student.accounts [at] (Student Accounts) with a subject of CLAS 349 – Salapia Field School. The body of your email should include your student ID number. Student Accounts will confirm once the payment is received and the deposit is set up.

PDF icon CLAS 349 Information Sheet (2019)

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