Project Description


The collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Museo Egizio in Turin (Italy) is among the most important in the world. It includes the Old Kingdom Tomb of the Unknown, the New Kingdom Tomb of Kha and Merit, the Nubian Temple of Ellesiya, and the Turin Papyrus Map. This field school aims to contribute to the analysis and publication of selected ceramic artifacts and ancient textiles, with a special focus on production techniques and communities of practice. Students will have opportunities to be actively involved in all aspects of the preservation, study and presentation of museum objects.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: Jun 25-Jul 30, 2017
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Total Cost: $4,900
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 21, 2017
  • Instructors: Dr. Hans Barnard
  • Orientation:  April 22, 8:00am Los Angeles Time
Program Closed


The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Hans Barnard
Dr. Hans Barnard
Dr. Barnard (MD & PhD) is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as well as an Assistant Researcher at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.


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Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


In Turin, students and foreign project staff will stay in Cristina 52.
Cristina 52 is located in central Turin, within walking distance of the Museo Egizio. It is housed in the former Madama Garage, designed by the Valle brothers and opened in 1957 to coincide with the introduction of the iconic Fiat 500. Originally a multi-level parking structure combined with a car wash and repair shop, the building was completely renovated in 2006 and now comprises nine floors of modern apartments, all with fast internet and air conditioning, topped by a large sun roof with spectacular views over Turin and its surroundings. The building is kept clean and safe by a professional staff. Each room is shared by two students.

Rooms have a basic pantry, allowing guests to prepare hot drinks and simple meals. Cristina52 provides its guests with a northern Italian-style breakfast, consisting of coffee and a croissant. On weekdays, lunch will be served in the museum cafeteria and dinner in one of the many restaurants between the museum and Cristina52. Lunch and dinner are considered part of the fieldschool and the presence of all students is compulsory. Students with special dietary needs should discuss these with the project directors before traveling to Italy. The tap water in Turin is potable and all stores and restaurants sell bottled water.

In the weekends everyone is free to explore the many lunch and dining options available, alone or in small groups, or to prepare meals themselves. Turin is one of the centers of Italian cuisine and food is fresh and well prepared. Ample non-local options are also available, as are vegetarian and vegan food. It should be noted that dinner is typically served rather late in Turin, after 8pm, and is preceded—between 5pm and 7pm—by a light meal of aperitivo (comparable to Spanish tapas) that accompany drinks such as Aperol spritz, americano or negroni. The quality and amount of aperitivo differ greatly between bars and restaurants, some serving enough to be considered dinner, referred to as apericena.

Travel Info

Students must arrive in Milan or Turin in the weekend of 24‒25 June 2017 and will be met by project staff at their port of entry. Turin has its own airport (Turin Caselle, TRN), but most international flights to the region land in one of the two airports near Milan: Milan Malpensa (MPX) or Milan Linate (LIN). Traveling into each of these three airports is possible, but make sure to communicate detailed travel information well ahead of your arrival to avoid confusion during pick-up. Traveling overland to Turin is possible with one of several train companies that maintain high-speed connections between Turin and most large cities in Italy. There are, however, two main railway stations in Turin, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa. Again it is important to communicate detailed travel information to avoid confusion during pickup. Students who are planning to travel around through Italy and Europe are encouraged to do so after the field school. If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please contact the project director immediately. A local emergency cell-phone number will be provided to all enrolled students. The project will conclude on Sunday July 30, 2017.

Student Safety

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All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

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