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: June 23-July 29, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $4,700
  • Course Type: Museology, Conservation
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Hans Barnard
  • Online Orientation:  May 5, 2018, 1:00 PM PST
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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 staff will stay in Camplus Lingotto, located in the former FIAT car factory in southern Turin, in a lively part of town that is well-connected with the center by public transport. The original building was designed by Matté Trucco and opened in 1923 as the largest car factory in the world at the time. The design was unusual with raw materials entering on the ground floor and cars being built in an assembly line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged at an open-air test track on top of the fifth floor. The factory closed in 1982, leading to a public debate about the future of the building. Eventually the building was reimagined by Renzo Piano, and now houses the Faculty of Automotive Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Turin, as well as an art gallery, a concert hall, a theatre, a convention center, shopping arcades, and student housing facilities, the latter run by Camplus College. Rooms have a basic pantry, allowing guests to prepare hot drinks and simple meals, while a basic breakfast is provided by the hostel.

On weekdays, students and staff will have lunch together in one of the many restaurants near the museum. Tuesdays and Thursdays students and staff will also have dinner together. These communal lunches and dinners are considered part of the field school 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 both still and sparkling bottled water.

In the weekends everyone is free to explore the many lunch and dining options available in Turin, 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.

Travel Info

Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements to get to the accommodation on either Friday June 22 or Saturday June 23, 2018. 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). There are frequent direct bus connections to central Turin from both Turin Caselle and Milan Malpensa. Busses connect Milan Linate to the central railway station in Milan, from where there are frequent fast trains to Turin. 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 two main railway stations in Turin, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, which is also where the busses from the airports terminate. From either railway station the Camplus student housing facility in the former FIAT car factory in Lingotto (via Nizza 230) is easily reached by public transport, including the subway (Metro), or by taxi. Taxis in Turin are reliable and relatively cheap.

Given the above, it is important to communicate detailed travel information well before your departure. If you miss your connection or your flight is significantly delayed, please contact the project director immediately. A local emergency cell-phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.

Students who are planning to travel around through Italy and Europe are encouraged to do so after the field school rather than before.

The project will conclude on Sunday July 29, 2018

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

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.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.