Project Description


From the 8th to the 6th century BC, migrants from the Aegean settled across the Mediterranean from the Black Sea to Spain. Known as the Greek colonization, this far-reaching phenomenon coincided with and helped catalyze a period of dramatic change towards more hierarchical, urbanized and interconnected communities along the Sea’s coasts. Interactions between locals and Greeks were undoubtedly an important part of this process, which took many forms depending on where and when it occurred. One of the key sites where these interactions can be studied in detail is Incoronata in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. The site is nestled atop a hill overlooking the valley of the river Basento, a few kilometers inland from the Ionian Gulf where many Greek colonies later flourished. Incoronata was an important indigenous site before a group of Greeks settled there in the 7th century. By studying the phases before and after the arrival of the Greeks, archaeologists can track the impact of the Greek’s arrival on the local culture and investigate how the practices, beliefs and identities of all people involved changed through this interaction. Because Incoronata was abandoned at the beginning of the 6th century BC and never re-occupied, the site is characterized by the exceptional preservation of a series of production and ritual contexts, showing a mix of both local and Greek material culture. Students will have the opportunity to work on a variety of these contexts, and to engage in every stage of field research from excavation to documentation, find processing, recording and interpretation.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 6-July 4, 2021

  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED

  • Total Cost: $4,390

  • Course Type: Classical, Field Archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: April 30, 2021

  • Instructors: Dr. Mario Denti, Dr. Giulia Saltini Semerari, Dr. Cesare Vita & Dr. Josipa Mandić

  • Orientation:  May 1 at 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 4pm UTC / 6 pm CEST
  • Academic Credit: 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Units)


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. Mario Denti
Dr. Mario Denti
Prof. Denti is a Professor in Archaeology at the Department of Art History and Archeology, Rennes 2 University (France).
Dr. Cesare Vita
Dr. Cesare Vita
Dr. Cesare Vita is a Postdoc and Research Affiliate at the Laboratoy LAHM, Rennes 2 University – CNRS UMR 6566, CReAAH- Research center in Archaeology, Archeoscience, and History.
Dr. Giulia Saltini Semerari
Dr. Giulia Saltini Semerari
Dr. Saltini Semerari is a Research Affiliate at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan.
Dr. Josipa Mandić
Dr. Josipa Mandić
Dr. Josipa Mandić is a Postdoc and Research Affiliate at the Laboratoy LAHM, Rennes 2 University – CNRS UMR 6566, CReAAH- Research center in Archaeology, Archeoscience, and History.


This is a new IFR field school. No student testimonials are available at this time.

Tuition Includes:

  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credit Units
  • Room & Board
  • All Local Transportation
  • Health & Evacuation Insurance

Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is a $25 fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $100 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

Deposit: A nonrefundable $500 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the Tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full Tuition regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information. In the event that IFR must cancel a field school, all accepted students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a refund of all tuition paid including the deposit fee. IFR offers students the opportunity to transfer to another field school, permitting that there are spots available and the program director approves the student to participate in their field school. Upon approval of the program director, IFR staff will make the arrangements to transfer the student’s application and payments.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 3.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: Please consider purchasing a travel interruption insurance policy that will cover your travel cost and the cost of the IFR program once you make a commitment to attend a field school.


Throughout the whole duration of the field school we will be staying at the agriturismo (farm-hotel) Fontanalapietra, located in the valley of the Basento River. Students will share a room with en-suite bathroom in pairs (i.e., two students per room). Roommates will form “pods”, or two-person groupings that limit their non-distanced social contact to one another for the duration of the field program. The bedrooms are of good quality and comfortable. The staff of Fontanalapietra cleans the rooms twice a week. Students will be responsible for keeping their rooms clean the rest of the time (the field school will provide the cleaning products). The agriturismo has a washing machine outdoors which is available for anyone who wants to do their own laundry.

We prepare breakfast for ourselves and take it outside at a table in the garden in front of our rooms. We have lunch on site: each student will get its own individual sandwich / portion. The agriturismo has a restaurant that provides us with excellent, locally-sourced food for dinner. The cook can prepare vegetarian or gluten-free diets, but please note that more specific (e.g. vegan or religion-based) dietary requirements can unfortunately not be accommodated.

All formal lectures, training and lab work takes place on the premises of the agriturismo. For moments of relaxation the agriturismo also has a swimming pool.

Lab activities will take place mostly outside in the agriturismo’s gardens.

The temperature of all project participants is measured prior to driving to the dig. In the field, it is easy to keep safe distances. Students will receive daily masks, disinfectant, and a plastic mug for drinking while on the dig. Tools are disinfected at the end of every day.

All participants in the field school, students and staff, will wear masks while indoors (i.e. during lectures, during labs, in shared residential spaces, etc.).

Regular hand washing will be a part of the project’s daily schedule.

Travel Info

UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.

Travel to the Site

Basilicata is one of Italy’s most rugged regions, and travel to the site takes some time. If there is a quarantine requirement, students will travel together with Giulia Saltini Semerari to the closest train station and take a train from there.

If there is no quarantine, Giulia Saltini Semerari will meet in Rome with the students and they will make their way by train to the agriturismo together.

Programming of Italian trains has been changing due to COVID-19, and there are less options available. It is too soon to know exactly when the direct train from Rome to Basilicata will leave. Provisionally, the meeting point is at 2:30 PM at Termini train station in Rome, at the right entrance (coming from Piazza dei Cinquecento, which is the square in front of the station) of the bookstore Borri Books. The meeting point and time will be confirmed closer to the date.

Students will have to wear KN95 masks at all time while travelling, and we will make every effort to respect social distances whenever possible.

The trip takes about 5.5 hours. Students will be picked up at the station of Ferrandina and driven to the agriturismo, which is about 20 minutes away. If you miss the meeting, please get in touch with us and we will give you directions to reach us independently.

Travel at the site

The excavation is a 15-minute drive away from the agriturismo. Students will travel by car and/or minivan. Since social distancing is impossible in these circumstances, students will be required to wear KN95 masks during the drive, while keeping the windows open whenever possible.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.


There are no special visa requirements for American citizen traveling to Europe, as long as they do not stay longer than 3 months. Passports expiration date should exceed the stay by at least 3 months. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.

Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

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

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