The Signum Vortumni Project 2021

Summer Season 2021 Coming Soon

ISAR is proud to announce our 2021 summer field school season! This year we will be presenting a sequence of lessons, both in the classroom and on-site, to provide students with the basic skills necessary to  discern and document the multiple phases of site use present at the Horrea Agrippiana, located at the base of Rome’s Palatine Hill. Lessons will address the history, topography, and architecture of ancient Rome with the aim of helping students recognize and identify architectural elements and material culture through hands-on training. Further lessons will focus on helping students understand the techniques of stratigraphic investigation, the use of topographic instruments, hand-drawing, and digital documentation.

Specific lessons will also focus on ceramic, stone, and other small finds from Roman, Medieval and Renaissance periods which may come to light during the excavations. Each of these pedagogic components will combine clear, illustrated instruction by experts in the field with readings, interactive discussions, and practical applications.

For more information on the excavations and past seasons click here!

Project Direction

Dr. Dora Cirone (ISAR):  Project Director

Dr. Alessio De Cristofaro (ISAR): Project Co-Director 

Dr. Matthew J. Mandich (ISAR): Field School Director 


Field work will be conducted 5-days/week (Monday-Friday) from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

There will be a one-week orientation with visits to sites and museums in Rome as well as several days of classroom instruction prior to starting fieldwork.

Download Field School Brief: click here to download!


Field School Cost:  $4,500.00

Fee covers:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation in shared apartments in central Rome for six weeks
  • Public transportation within the city of Rome
  • Entry fees for archaeological sites and museums visited during the Week 1 orientation
  • Equipment and safety measures
  • Personal trowels
  • Printed materials
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Snacks provided on-site from Monday to Friday

For AIA first-time Field School grants click here. 

For IFR Field Research Scholarships click here.

For AAA Fieldwork Scholarships click here. 


Deadline: 1st of March 2020

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to apply – no previous experience necessary!

To apply please complete the form below.

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Please send all questions and queries to