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Montclair in Genzano 2015
Genzano di Roma, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Minimum Class Standing: 2-Freshman
Academic Area: Archaeology, Art History, Classics and General Humanities Credit Type: US equivalent
Scholarships: Various Scholarships Internship: No
Program Description:

Montclair in Genzano Di Roma
Summer 2015

"Villa of the Antonines" Archaelogical Fieldschool

On Site Dates:
July 5 – August 1, 2015

Course Session Dates:
June 15-August 6, 2015


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Students at a "dig site". Students digging

Sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies and the Department of Classics and General Humanities, the “Villa of the Antonines” fieldwork project will continue to explore the remains of a Roman imperial villa located along the route of the ancient Via Appia, adjacent to the modern town of Genzano di Roma, in the Alban Hills region only 18 miles from Rome.  On the basis of literary references and the discovery of several busts of Antonine emperors—including the “philosopher emperor” Marcus Aurelius--that today are on display in the renowned Capitoline Museums in Rome, the villa is believed to have been property of the 2nd century CE imperial family of the Antonines.  In spite of its importance, however, it has been only minimally explored. The 2014 excavation will continue Montclair State’s ongoing project of investigating the layout and the history of the villa complex.  This year we will devote special attention to further study of an amphitheatre that we were able to identify in 2012, its spatial relationship with the adjacent baths, and probably residential quarters in another part of the complex.  We believe that the amphitheatre may be the structure where emperor Commodus (ruled 180-192 CE) earned the nickname “Roman Hercules” after killing wild animals in the arena.
 
During the four-week program, participants will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology. They will receive hands on experience in on-site recordkeeping, photographic and drafting documentation, and laboratory practice, including data management and the interpretation of the archaeological evidence.  While working at the site Monday through Friday, they will also get acquainted with the methods of mapping, field survey, and geophysical investigation.  Workshops and in-class lectures will be an integral part of the program.  Regular laboratory sessions will take place both on-site and at the Museo delle Navi Romane—built to house the famous ships of the emperor Caligula--in nearby Nemi.  Here, students will assist in cataloguing and studying the artifacts from the site and will learn about the practice of museum work.  There will be field trips to the museum of Lanuvio, to the sanctuary of Diana at Nemi, and to other historical and archaeological sites in the Alban Hills area.  Students will have the opportunity, during their spare time and on weekends, to experience and explore the friendly town of Genzano or to make excursions to Rome or elsewhere.  Throughout, they will be exposed to the rich ancient and contemporary ways of life of Italy through these and other cultural activities.


 

Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from La Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. in Ancient Topography from the University of Salerno.  An experienced field archaeologist, she has participated in numerous excavations and laboratory activities in several countries, especially in Italy. She currently teaches in the Classics & General Humanities Department at MSU, where she is also a Research Associate in the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS).  She has been the recipient of several scholarships and grants from academic institutions in Italy. Her main research interests include ancient Roman topography and urban planning, theory and methodologies of archaeological research, ancient technology and engineering, and numismatics.  She recently presented a paper at on the layout and chronological development of the several imperial villas in the Latium region at the Public and Private in the Roman House Workshop sponsored by the Classics Department at New York University.  

Dr. Timothy Renner earned his B.A. in Classics at Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.  He is Professor of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University, where he teaches Classics and ancient Mediterranean history, with a particular emphasis on the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. He has traveled extensively in Italy and excavated in the Middle East.  Since 2007 he has directed MSU’s Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies, which brings together researchers and students in Anthropology, Classics, art history, and the earth sciences.  In addition to Roman archaeology, his research focuses on ancient social history, particularly Roman imperial slaves and freedmen, as well as inscriptions and papyri.  He is currently preparing several studies concerning historical aspects of the “Villa of the Antonines,” including the brickstamps.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM:
No prerequisites or prior field experience are required.  Note that courses will appear in the Summer Sessions listing under the 8-week session, June 17 – August 7, 2014.    
 
Undergraduate students
GNHU 362:Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology (3 credits)

This course is a practical introduction to how archaeology is conducted in the field. During the 4 week program each student will be introduced to fundamentals of field methods. Students learn basic techniques of background research, fieldwork, and laboratory practice while working directly on the archaeological site of the “Villa of the Antonines” in Genzano di Roma. This field class will offer direct, hands-on experience in on-site record keeping, mapping, graphic and photographic documentation, and artifact recovery. In addition to working at the excavation site, students will engage in laboratory activities related to the excavation workflow, such as washing, labeling, cataloguing and restoration of the artifacts.
Or
GNHU 361: Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology:  Roman  Villas  (3 credits)
 
Second Course Options- Select one or two
ARHT 202: Field Trips in Art History: Roman Villas (3 credits)

This course teaches research methodology in archaeology particularly as conducted by specialists in the field of Classical archaeology. It consists of in-depth study of Roman villas in general and of the archaeological evidence acquired during the excavation of the “Villa of the Antonines” in particular. Special attention will be given to the role which field archaeologists play in reconstructing and interpreting the past.
Or
EAES 343     GEOARCHAEOLOGY     Hybrid    (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ANTH 103 or GNHU 181 or EAES 100 or EAES 101 or EAES 105 or EAES 107, plus one of any of the following: EAES 200, EAES 220, EAES 240, EAES 340, EAES 341, ANTH 270, ANTH 370, GNHU 351, GNHU 361, GNHU 362, or departmental approval. This course explores the use of geological concepts and methods toward the solution of archaeological problems. Discusses earth materials and processes relevant to archaeology; evidence and timing of environmental change; human environmental impacts; field, lab, and spatial analytical techniques. For the Villa of the Antonines project, particular attention will be given to soil, sediment, and site formation processes of the location, stone materials used in Roman art and architecture, and geophysical exploration of the site.
Or
ANTH 470            Archaeological Field Methods               (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ANTH 301 or ANTH 310 or ANTH 330 or ANTH 340 or ANTH 350 or ANTH 360 or ANTH 370 or ANTH 380 or departmental approval. Special fee. Provides practical field experience in the various aspects of survey and excavation techniques. A specific area will be surveyed and a site will be excavated. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
 
 
Graduate students
Graduate students who desire academic credit will register for 6 semester hours (GNHU 551 Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology or ARHT 502 Field Trips in Art History plus GNHU 552 Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology) and will pay the basic program cost plus an additional charge   A limited number of fellowships will be available to graduate students who are taking the program for credit; such students must be enrolled in an American graduate program, and preference will be given to those who have prior field experience.
 
GNHU 552: Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology  (3 credits)
In addition to learning the fundamentals of field research in Classical archaeology as described for undergraduate students (see above), graduate students will specifically expand their familiarity with project design, field workflow, and laboratory management.  Further, they will explore in greater depth the implications of the role each archaeological field investigation plays in a broader research framework.
Or
GNHU 551: Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology:  Roman  Villas  (3 credits)
Or
ARHT 502: Field Trips in Art History: Roman Villas (3 credits)
In addition to learning the fundamentals of field research in Classical archaeology as described for undergraduate students (see above), graduate students will specifically expand their familiarity with the research goals of an archaeological investigation. Students will explore in depth the archaeological data collected for the Villa of the Antonines in the broader context of Roman villas.
Or
EAES 592 Geoarchaeology (3 credits)
 

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will be housed at a hotel near the excavation site. Each room accommodates from 2 to 4 people and has a private bathroom, free wi-fi, a TV, a telephone, and a hairdryer. Laundromat facilities are available nearby. The program cost covers all meals five days per week, Monday through Friday. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken at the hotel restaurant, while lunch will be eaten at the excavation site.  Breakfast is provided on Saturday and Sunday; other weekend meals may be arranged at additional cost.

The estimated cost of the basic program for undergraduates is $5,100 (plus $100 application fee for MSU students; $200 application fee for all other applicants).  This does not include travel to and from Italy.  This includes the cost of 6 credits tuition, which is paid directly to the Bursar.
The basic program cost includes:
       - 6 semester hours of undergraduate credit through Montclair State University. Applicants who wish to
         receive graduate credit pay an additional amount based on state residency.
- Transfer from/to a meeting point in Rome and the hotel in Genzano
(Note: Participants must make their own air arrangements for travel to Rome and must arrive in Rome no later than noon Rome time on Sunday, July 5)
- Shared occupancy rooms (housing from July 5 – August 1 is included)
- Full meal plan for weekdays, Monday-Friday; on weekends, breakfast only
- Shuttling to and from the excavation site
       - Field trips to nearby Sanctuary of Diana at Nemi, Sanctuary of Juno Sospita, Museum of Lanuvium,    
             and archaeological sites and other places of interest in the Alban Hills
 
Note: Program prices are based on 15 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates will be reflected in the final payment. 

 

 
Payment Schedule:
Once a student is accepted into the program, the payment schedule for the program costs will be as follows:
Undergraduates:
Application fee:                                  $100 (for MSU students; $200 for non-MSU students $200) 
    By February 15, 2015:               $1,000 or upon acceptance
    By March 15, 2015:                   $1,100
    By April 15, 2015:                      $1,100
    By May 1, 2015                         $ 1,900 approximate amount paid directly to Bursar for tuition
Other than tuition payment, make checks payable to “Montclair State University” and mail to the Global Education Center.
 

Undergraduate students and Graduate students participating for credit:
To apply for the program, please provide:

 
Online application submitted through our Global Education Center website: Montclair.edu/global-education/study-abroad (Montclair in Genzano).
Confirmation of a minimum GPA of 2.75 (non-MSU students should provide official transcripts).
A 1-2 page statement of your reasons for wanting to attend the program; graduate studentswho wish to apply for fellowships should address their qualifications in this statement.
A cv including description of any previous relevant coursework or fieldwork experience.
A letter of recommendation from a professor other than the faculty members leading the program (non-MSU students should provide 2 letters of recommendation).
Confirmation of interview with the program directors (in-person for MSU students, telephone/Skype for others).
Proof of good health (all applicants must have passed a recent physical examination and provide evidence of a recent tetanus inoculation). 

Non-MSU students please note:
Applicants should submit two reference forms and an official transcript from the home institution, plus a $100 non-MSU administration fee, in addition to the items noted above. Non-MSU students will need to request MSU transcripts at the end of the program for submission to their home institutions.
 
Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis but the recommended deadline is February 15.
Knowledge of Italian is not required, although learning someavailable on the website), an essay, and an additional letter of recommendation are due to the Global Education Center by March 2.
The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies offers a limited number of $1000-$4000 Fellowships for graduate students participating for credit.  Graduate Fellows will be chosen from among students from other U.S. institutions as well as MSU.  In their personal statement and two recommendation letters, graduate fellow applicants should be sure to address their qualifications for the Fellowship and should provide contact information for a total of three references.
For further information about additional scholarships open to undergraduate and graduate students at any U.S. institution, inquire of the Faculty Directors, Prof. Chatr Aryamontri at 973-655-3479 or aryamontrid@mail.montclair.edu, or Prof. Renner at 973-655-7420 or rennert@mail.montclair.edu. 

Non-credit participants:
A limited number of non-credit participants (graduate students and community members) will be accepted for the program. Non-credit participants are not eligible for scholarships or fellowships. Non-credit participant applications should include:
A 1-2 page statement of your reasons for wanting to attend the program; graduate studentsshould address their qualifications in this statement.
A cv including description of any previous relevant coursework or fieldwork experience.
A letter of recommendation from a professor other than the faculty members leading the program (non-MSU students must provide 2 letters of recommendation).
Confirmation of interview with the program directors (in-person for MSU students, telephone/Skype for others).
Proof of good health (all applicants must have passed a recent physical examination and provide evidence of a recent tetanus inoculation). 

Non-credit Genzano program page

Non-Credit Participants Payment Schedule:
    Application fee:                          $   200
    By February 15, 2015:               $1,000 or upon acceptance
    By March 15, 2015:                   $1,000
    By April 15, 2015:                      $1,000
    By May 1, 2015                         $ 2,000

Montclair in Genzano 2015 Pre-enrollment Form.doc

For further information contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or simonw@mail.montclair.edu or contact Prof. Chatr Aryamontri at 973-655-3479 or aryamontrid@mail.montclair.edu, or Prof. Renner at 973-655-7420 or rennert@mail.montclair.edu.
 
Visit us on the web at www.montclair.edu/global-education/study-abroad  and http://www.montclair.edu/chss/center-heritage-archaeological-studies/.



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This program is currently not accepting applications.