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Montclair in Genzano 2016
Genzano di Roma, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
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Montclair in Genzano Di Roma
Summer 2016

"Villa of the Antonines" Archaeological Fieldschool

On Site Dates: July 3 – 30, 2016           Course Session Dates: June 13- August 4, 2016
Program Cost Reduced for 2016!!

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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 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 2016 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 the 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 Consortium of the universities of Rome, Viterbo, Salerno, and Lecce..  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 is conducting archaeometric analysis on artifact samples in collaboration with Prof. Gregory Pope in the Earth and Environmental Studies Department of MSU), and is investigating the opus sectile decoration from the villa.

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 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.

Dr. Gregory Pope is a professor in the Earth and Environmental Studies Department at Montclair State University. He has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Geography from Arizona State University, and a double Geography and Geology B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.He has published widely in journals such as Geoarchaeology, American Indian Rock Art, Antiquity, The Professional Geography and Geomorphology, and has done numerous presentations at international conferences, many involving student co-authors. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA), the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment specialty groups, and the Geoarchaeology division of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

No prerequisites or prior field experience are required.  Note that courses will appear in the Summer Sessions listing under the 8-week session, June 13 – August 4, 2016.
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.
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.
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.

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. 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 from 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. 

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.
GNHU 551: Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology:  Roman  Villas  (3 credits)
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.
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 new estimated cost of the basic program for undergraduates or non-credit participants is $1,500- $5,100 (plus $100 application fee for MSU students; $200 application fee for all other applicants), broken down as follows:
                                            Program Cost To Global Ed     Tuition for 6 Credits* Paid to Bursar       Total
New Non-MSU For-Credit Participants                        
                                             Application Fee + $3,200                 approx. $1,900                           approx. $5,100

New MSU For-Credit Participants:                             
                                             Application Fee +  $1,500                approx. $1,900                           approx. $3,500

Returning MSU Non-Credit Participants                      
                                            Application Fee + $1,500                        N/A                                        $1,600

New Non-MSU For-Credit Participants                        
                                             Application Fee + $3,200                        N/A                                     approx. $3,300
   *2 week discounted non-credit option also available
   *9 Credit option approx. $2,800

 The Program Cost does not include travel to and from Italy or 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 3)
- Shared occupancy rooms (housing from July 3 – July 30 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 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates will be reflected in the final payment.


Payment Schedule:
Program costs are due upon acceptance for all participants accepted after April 15.
Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and mail to the Global Education Center.
Tuition is due to the Bursar by May 18 for for-credit participants.


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


  1. Online application submitted through our Global Education Center website: (Montclair in Genzano).
  2.  Confirmation of a minimum GPA of 2.75 (non-MSU students should provide official transcripts).
  3. 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.
  4. A cv including description of any previous relevant coursework or fieldwork experience.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a professor other than the faculty members leading the program (non-MSU students should provide 2 letters of recommendation).
  6. Confirmation of interview with the program directors (in-person for MSU students, telephone/Skype for others).
  7. Proof of good health (all applicants must have passed a recent physical examination and provide evidence of a recent tetanus inoculation).

Knowledge of Italian is not required, although learning somedepending on fees) paid directly to Bursar
Other than tuition payment, make checks payable to “Montclair State University” and mail to the Global Education Center.

Graduate students please note:
Tuition cost will vary depending on New Jersey or non-New Jersey residency. See For further information about additional scholarships open to graduate students at any US institution, inquire of the Faculty Directors-- Prof. Chatr Aryamontri at 973-655-3479 or, or Prof. Renner at 973-655-7420 or


Non-credit applicants please use:
Non-credit Genzano program page

Credit applicants please also submit a signed
Genzano 2016 Pre-enrollment Form

For further information contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or or contact Prof. Chatr Aryamontri at 973-655-3479 or, or Prof. Renner at 973-655-7420 or
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.