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Artena, Italy

Academic Program

Global Temple Conference

Students enroll in an excavation course for three credits, which includes learning how to read stratigraphies, artifacts and building fragments in order to reconstruct the development of the site in time and place. You will actively be a part of the excavation process "from the pickaxe to the pencil," learning to collect, describe, identify and draw archaeological evidence. In preparation for the excavation, students will be expected to read an introduction to archaeological fieldwork. You will be required to keep a journal in which you record your experiences and observations, and scholarly literature will assist you in contextualizing the site. Weekly excursions to sites and museums nearby are designed to better understand the archaeological remains and artifacts in the broader context of the material culture in central Italy.

Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28-days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement.