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! Summer, SMU-in-Italy: Archaeology
Poggio Colla, Italy
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Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.
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Semester Programs:
Applications for Fall 2015 will be available January 15 - March 1.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Housing: Local Charming Farmhouses
Field of Study: Art: Art History Program Director: Greg Warden,
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: December 1 - March 1 Deposit Deadline: March 1
Summer 2015 Program Dates: June 27 - July 31
Program Description:

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SMU-in-Italy: Archaeology

Poggio Colla, Italy

June 27-July 31, 2015



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 Faculty:  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,


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.


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

Summer 2015 Estimated Student Budgets can be found here.

SMU Tuition

Room and board (three meals Monday-Friday; breakfast Saturday)

International Travel Health Insurance


International travel to/from program location

Travel documents, including passport and visas


Cell phones*

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: December 1 -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.

Payment Information

There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of March 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 April 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.

Financial Aid
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



Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.


← Please note the available terms for this program.

Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.