Vulci 3000, a multidisciplinary archaeological research project that employs advanced digital technologies, is focused on the Etruscan and Roman site of Vulci (10th–3rd c. BCE–4th c. CE). Located in the Province of Viterbo, Italy, Vulci was one of the largest and most important cities in the 1st millennium BCE in the Italian peninsula. This project will analyze and track the transformation and development of Vulci into a city, then city-state, and finally into a Roman city, and serve to interpret models of urban transformation in the ancient world. The habitation site is a unique, stratified, and mostly untouched, urban context that includes, in the same area, Iron Age, Etruscan, Roman and Medieval settlements.
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. Maurizio Forte Field School Director
Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, and Bass Fellow at Duke University.
Costs of instruction
Room, Breakfast & Lunch
All local transportation
A deposit of $500 is required. Once your application is accepted, the deposit fee secures your seat in this project. This program requires an application. There is no application fee. Only accepted students are provided with the link to pay the deposit fee.
A 2% 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.
Students will live in a residence in Montalto Marina, a charming seaside town, 15 minutes away from the site. Breakfast will be provided daily. Large, Italian style lunch will be provided daily in the field at a local family own restaurant at the site of Vulci. Students are responsible for their own dinner and their own food on weekends. Once each week, the Project Director and the entire team will eat dinner together at a local restaurant in the town near Vulci.
Students will be met by project staff members at the train station of Montalto di Castro (Viterbo) at 6 pm on the first day of the field school. The station is easily reachable from the Fiumicino International Airport and from the Roma Termini Train Station. This field school will conclude on July 21, afternoon. Students may depart the program anytime on July 22 for onward travel or return home. If you miss your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
US Citizens do not need a visa for tourist or study stays of up three months in Italy. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. Citizens of other countries, please visit the Italian Embassy website at your home country for visa information.
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.
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