|Poggio Colla, Italy|
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|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum Cumulative GPA:||2.5|
|Minimum Class Standing:||Sophomore||Housing:||Local Charming Farmhouses|
|SMU Abroad Advisor:||Nancy Simmons, firstname.lastname@example.org||Program Director:||Greg Warden, email@example.com|
|SMU Abroad Application Cycle:||January 15-March 1||Deposit Deadline:||April 1|
|Summer 2014 Program Dates:||June 28- August 1|
Poggio Colla, Italy
June 28-August 1, 2014
SMU Abroad programs are eligible for all proficiencies, including Global Engagement. Students who wish to receive credit for proficiencies must petition the course through the UC office located in Clements Hall G02.
SMU-in-Italy: Archaeology is a five-week program at Poggio Colla, an Etruscan hilltop settlement about 22 miles northeast of Florence. Students help with an excavation by an international team of archaeologists sponsored by SMU, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The University of Texas, and Franklin and Marshall College.
The site spans most of Etruscan history, from the 7th-century to the end of the 2nd-century BCE and, judging by its placement and layout, seems to have been the political and ceremonial center of the Mugello and Sieve valleys. The first 15 seasons of excavation (1995-2009) revealed three major phases: an extraordinarily rich 7th-5th century phase that includes the remains of a monumental temple and 4th- and 3rd-century BCE phases when the site seems to have been turned into a fortified stronghold. Students will continue to excavate the acropolis and neighboring areas in order to resolve issues raised by the excavations. Students are involved in laboratory research, helping to study and catalogue finds and researching specific classes of the material culture.
Last summer over 50 individuals, students and staff members, worked at Poggio Colla. Students from all over the United States, Holland, Italy and the United Kingdom participated along with the Gruppo Archeologico di Vicchio and other Italian volunteers. A normal day on the excavation involves working on the site in the morning and early afternoon. There will be three or four trenches, and students will spend most of the week excavating. Time will also be spent in the laboratory working with the project's expert staff.
Although the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project is sponsored by four American universities, the aim is to create an international project. Participants will work closely with an international team of scholars. In addition, the project is closely coordinated with the Gruppo Archeologico di Vicchio and its director, Andrea Santoni.
Program Leadership: The Mugello Valley Archaeological Project is directed by Dr. Gregory Warden and Dr. Michael Thomas.
Dr. Gregory Warden, a native Italian, formerly a University Distinguished Professor of Art History at SMU, is now President of Franklin College in Switzerland. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Warden has conducted archaeological research in Texas, Libya and Italy.
Dr. Michael Thomas is a Senior Research Associate in Art and Art History at the University of Texas. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Tufts and SMU. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and specializes in Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology. Dr. Thomas has been a member of the Poggio Colla staff since the project's inception in 1995.
Dr. Ann Steiner is Director of Research for the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project. She is the Provost and Shirley Steinman Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College and is a specialist in ancient ceramics.
Dr. Gretchen Meyers, Assistant Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College, is Director of Materials. She supervises the laboratory and is in charge of materials management.
A large professional staff that includes the Project Architect, Jess Galloway, and an Information Technologist, Kathy Windrow, as well visiting scholars and specialists, will assist with the project.
Contact Information: Dr. Greg Warden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants receive training in Etruscan archaeology, as well as in the theoretical and practical aspects of fieldwork from a professional staff that includes archaeologists, an architect, an illustrator, a surveyor and a conservator. Lectures by the staff and visiting scholars supplement the on-site learning. Students and staff work from Monday to Friday, and the weekends are normally free. The proximity of the site to Florence allows for weekend visits to major museums and archaeological sites.
Students who do not want to enroll for a grade may take the course for pass/fail.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS IN ITALY
ARHS 3303: (3 credit hours, for non-SMU undergraduate students only)
ARHS 3603: (6 credit hours, for SMU and non-SMU undergraduate students)
ARHS 6303: (3 credit hours, for graduate students)
An introduction to archaeological field experience in classical archaeology in Italy, students learn about the principles of archaeological field method through lectures and field experience. Lectures on Etruscan history, art and culture are provided. Graduate credit is an option for SMU graduate students only and is considered on an individual basis. Arrangements may be made with the director of the program.
Students receive a list of required texts after acceptance into the program. Textbooks should be purchased before departure. Students from other universities can order books by mail.
Students and staff are housed in local charming farmhouses. The main house has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge kitchen, dining/sitting room and a large room that serves as the lecture hall and library. Another farmhouse, a short walk from Vigna, sleeps nine persons. This house, the Casa del Guardia, houses both students and staff. Four other nearby houses in the area are used for staff and guests. Rough sorting and washing of pottery is done in an outdoor shed at the main excavation house. The laboratory, where research, conservation, cataloguing and photography take place, is nearby. A museum has been built and installed in the nearby town of Dicomano.
Program Fee Information
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
Room and board (three meals Monday-Friday; breakfast Saturday)
International Travel Health Insurance
ITEMS NOT COVERED BY THE PROGRAM FEE
International travel to/from program location
Travel documents, including passport and visas
Personal expenses, entertainment and travel
*Students are required to have a cell phone that works in Italy, as well as in other countries where they plan to travel. Students should check with their current carrier for service or plan on purchasing a phone upon arrival.
Application and Acceptance
Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during application cycles: January 15-March 1. It is possible this program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.
Once the application is complete, the student will be contacted for an interview by the program staff.
Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation
Admission: Admission is competitive. Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, program directors and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews.
Orientation Sessions: To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure. Session dates are organized by the program director.
All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials. Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and money issues, packing, insurance and safety. Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.
There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of April 1. This deposit confirms acceptance, holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the program fee. Students will make the deposit payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.
Final Payment should be made as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.
After student have paid the non-refundable program deposit and returned your Course Enrollment Form (signed by you and your academic advisor) to the SMU Abroad Office, students will be registered for courses in Access.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.
Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs. All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.
SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy
A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification. It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.
A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit. The student may also be charged either a cancellation fee or the remainder of the published program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation (see below).
|Summer Programs||Non-refundable |
|Remainder of Program Fee|
|Prior to the payment due date||$1000||-0-||-0-|
|On or after payment due date, but before published start date||$1000||$1000||-0-|
|On or after published program start date||$1000||-0-||100%|
Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:
International Center/SMU Abroad
Blanton Building, Suite 216
6185 Airline Drive
Dallas, TX 75205
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SMU Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies. Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.
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