Faculty of Arts

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedPrato Term 3 2013 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Colin A. Hope and Dr Andrea Di Castro


This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
Previously coded AAH2240


This unit will introduce students to the archaeology of Italy through participation in the excavations of an Etruscan and Roman site in Tuscany in collaboration with the University of Florence. It will enable students to gain experience in current fieldwork techniques, object recording, analysis and preservation, and introduce the main features of Etruscan culture and its impact upon Rome. While focusing upon one site it will also include visits to other relevant archaeological sites and important museum collections.


On successful completion of the unit the students will have:

  1. gained a basic understanding of current excavation techniques
  2. gained the ability to document and analyse artifacts
  3. been introduced to contemporary archaeological theory especially as it relates to material culture
  4. gained ability to document excavations within a contemporary framework
  5. obtained specific understanding of the site under excavation and its contribution to the wider study of Etruscan and Roman culture
  6. Third level students will be expected to demonstrate more advanced analytical skills and submit work incorporating a higher level of competence in independent reading and research.


Seminar Presentation: (1800 words): 20%
Fieldwork diary: (2700 words): 30%
Research Essay: (4500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Three weeks of intensive instruction and fieldwork, based in Prato

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First-year sequence in Archaeology (ATS1247 and ATS1248) or equivalent, or with permission