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Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Summer in Genzano di Roma:   “Villa of the Antonines” Archaeological Fieldschool

On Site Dates: July 1 – 28, 2018
Course Session Dates: June 18-  August 9, 2018

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Accommodation and Meals
Estimated Program Costs
Payment Deadlines
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genzano dig group
Program Overview

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 only 18 miles from Rome, along the route of the ancient Via Appia, in the modern town of Genzano di Roma.  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 was only sporadically explored, until Montclair State launched this ongoing project in 2010 with the aim of investigating the layout and the history of the villa complex, including an amphitheater now believed to be the structure where Emperor Commodus (ruled 180-192 CE) earned the nickname “Roman Hercules” after killing wild animals in the arena. The 2018 excavation will devote special attention to further study of the amphitheater, its spatial relationship with the adjacent baths, and the probable residential quarters of the complex. 
During the four-week program, you will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology. You will have 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, you 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.   The program includes field trips to the 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. During your spare time and on weekends, you can explore the friendly town of Genzano or go into Rome or beyond.Knowledge of Italian is not required, although learning some basic vocabulary and expressions before your departure is strongly encouraged.
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Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is an Assistant Professor in the Classics & General Humanities Department at MSU and a Research Associate in the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS). She 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 and she has been the recipient of several scholarships and grants from academic institutions. Her main research interests include ancient Roman topography and urban planning, theory and methodologies of archaeological research, ancient technology and management, preservation and promotion of Cultural Heritage. She has co-authored several articles on the preliminary results of the Villa of the Antonines investigation, including archaeometric analysis of the artifacts found there, and she has presented several academic papers, among which one 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 is a 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 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 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.
professor aryamontriDr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri

professor rennerDr. Timothy Renner


No prerequisites or prior field experience are required.  Note that courses will appear in the Summer Sessions listing under the 8-week session, June 18 – August 9, 2018.    
Undergraduate students
GNHU 361: Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology:  Roman  Villas  (3 credits)
In-depth study of the archaeological evidence for Roman villas, with emphasis on villas in Italy, exemplified especially by the  second century CE "Villa of the Antonines" in Genzano di Roma, Italy and comparable imperial villas.  Special attention will be given to the use of different types of evidence--architecture, floor and wall decoration, sculpture, ceramics and other small artifacts, geophysical testing, spatial analysis, ancient written sources, and archival materials--in assembling a picture of a large villa complex of this type and its change over time.

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.

Other Second Course Options-
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.
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.

Other options- Consult with Faculty Directors for details:
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.

Graduate students
Graduate students 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 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.
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) Hybrid

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genzano dig site
genzano dig site
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genzano dig group
Accommodation 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.
Estimated Program Costs:

New participants: $2,000 + approx.$2,100 tuition for 6 undergraduate credits
Program alumni: $1,450 + approx. $1,050 tuition for 3 undergraduate credits
New graduate students: $2,000 + approx. $4,100 for 6 graduate credits (NJ Residents)
Graduate tuition and fees are based on residency, with higher rates for non-New Jersey residents. See http://www.montclair.edu/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees/summer/).
The program cost includes:
Transfer from/to a meeting point in Rome
Shared occupancy rooms (July 1 – July 28)
Full meal plan for weekdays, Monday-Friday; Weekend breakfasts
Transportation to and from excavation site
Out of pocket expenses: Approximately $ 1,800 for airfare, weekend meals, safety shoes and personal expenses Participants make their own air arrangements for travel to Rome and must arrive in Rome no later than noon Rome time on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
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.

Application Requirements:
Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis but the recommended deadline is February 15. Latecomers please contact the Office of International Engagement.
Due March 1, 2018:
  • Online application through: Montclair.edu/global-education/study-abroad
  • Personal statement explaining reasons for wanting to attend the program;    
(Note: graduate students eligible for fellowships describe qualifications.)
  • CV including any previous relevant coursework or fieldwork experience.
  • Interview and approval from Faculty Directors (can be via skype)
  • Online recommendation.
  • $100 Application Fee 
Non-MSU applicants additional requirements:
  • Official transcript from home institution
  • Online Visiting Student application
  • Additional recommendation
  • Addition $100 non-MSU application fee 
By May 1, 2018:
  • Photocopy or scan of currently valid passport
  • Proof of good health
  • Proof of current tetanus inoculation
Payment Deadlines:
By March 1, 2018 $100 Application fee for MSU students;
  $200 Additional application fee for non-MSU students
By March 15, 2018 (or upon acceptance)    $750 (All participants)
By April 15, 2018                  $1,000 (New participants)
By April 15, 2018 $700 (Program alumni)
By May 15, 2018 $250 (New participants)
By May 15, 2018 Tuition and fees paid directly to Bursar

Program cost payments are paid to the Office of International Engagement, by check or money order or by completing a credit card form. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the Bursar after registering for the courses.

Scholarships and Fellowships:
Undergraduate students see Montclair.edu/global-education/study-abroad for information on university and national scholarship information.

For further information contact the Office of International Engagement at 973-655-4185 or simonw@montclair.edu

Prof. Chatr Aryamontri at 973-655-7380 or aryamontrid@montclair.edu
Prof. Renner at 973-655-7420 or rennert@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/.
The Office of International Engagement
Rm. 207, Student Center Annex
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ, 07043

Front Desk: 973 655 6862
For general questions about Study Abroad, please contact:


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.