For those seeking experience in archaeological fieldwork this summer, the Apolline Project in the Campania region of Italy is now welcoming applications from students of all levels to participate in a major Roman dig. The site of Pollena Trocchia centres on a post-AD 79 bathhouse which seems likely to be part of a larger villa complex. The nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum have made the powers of preservation of volcanic eruptions famous and Pollena Trocchia is another demonstration of this. The various eruptions down the centuries have helped archaeologists piece together a clear chronology; periods of habitation are interrupted by volcanic deposits that are often metres in depth. A diverse range of finds have been excavated and those participants with a special interest in human remains, ceramics, architecture, building materials and paleobotany will likely be well catered for.
The excavation runs from June 11th to July 27th and participants must stay for a minimum of two weeks but there is no maximum; you are free to stay for the entire duration of the excavation if you so choose. For American and other non-European participants the fee is 350USD and for British participants 200GBP. Participants from other European countries pay 250EUR. This includes all tuition and accommodation irrespective of your length of stay. The deadline for applications is May 10th. Further details can be found on our website at http://www.apollineproject.org/dig.html