An overview of Ancient Italy from the 8th century B.C.E. to the 5th century C.E. as interpreted through archaeology, the study of past cultures and societies through their material remains. It explores different varieties of archaeology and examines theory, methods, and techniques for investigating and reconstructing the past, covering the material evidence for key areas of ancient Italy such as Etruria and the Roman Empire. Architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and the minor arts are examined at such sights as Fiesole, and the nature of archaeological evidence is related to other disciplines such as Art History and History.
The course is both a practicum in archaeology and a history course, team-taught by an archaeologist and a historian to allow students to learn each aspect of the course material from an expert in the field. Classes are experimental and dynamic, made of a combination of in-class lectures, field trips, site visits to museums and archaeological digs in Tuscany and elsewhere.
This course runs through SRISA's partners at ISI.