Summer Season 25 June – 29 July 2018 

ISAR announces a summer field school season which will present a sequence of lessons, both in the classroom and on-site, to provide students with the basic skills and understanding to discern multiple phases of the site at the base of the Palatine Hill. Lessons will address urban, architectural and artistic history and topography of ancient Rome with the aim of helping students recognize and, especially, to identify architectural elements and their time periods. Further lessons will focus on helping students to understand techniques of stratigraphic investigation, including the use of topographic instruments, combining hand-drawing with digital record-keeping.

Accurate completion of survey records will give students valuable experience in cultural heritage documentation.

Finally, specific lessons will also focus on ceramic, stone and other finds from Roman, medieval and Renaissance periods which may come to light in the stratigraphic contexts uncovered by the archeological probes.

Each of these pedagogic components will combine clear, illustrated instruction by experts in the field with readings, interactive discussions and practical applications.

Located in the Horrea Agrippiana section of the Roman Forum, at the base of the Palatine Hill, the 5-week field school will provide:

  • classroom lessons and visits to archaeological sites and museums
  • hands-on experience in a prestigious excavation with a respected team of international archaeologists and architects
  • lodging in central Rome (optional)

Project Direction

Dora Cirone (ISAR):  Project Director

John Hopkins, (Rice University, Assistant Professor of Art History and Classical Studies): Consulting Scientific Director


Field work will be conducted 5-days/week with occasional Fridays off for optional weekend travel.

There will be three days of classroom instruction prior to starting fieldwork and two days of classroom instruction at the end of fieldwork.


Field School Cost:  Euro € €2,000 without housing (we can arrange lodging at an additional cost of €1,500)

Fee covers:

  • Tuition
  • public transportation within the city of Rome
  • entry fees for archaeological sites and museums visited during the first week,
  • printed materials,
  • welcome and farewell dinners
  • Lunch and snacks provided on-site from Monday to Friday
  • Optional: housing in the historic center of Rome in shared apartments (Wi- Fi connection included),

Download Field School Brief: SV 3-page pdf.

Deadline: 15 June 2018
To apply to participate in the 2018 Roman Forum Field School:  registration form.