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Archaeological Field Work Abroad

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Sessions Offered:



Gangivecchio, Sicily




Students in good academic standing with interest in the course content may apply.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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This course is a 5-week field school at the Greco-Roman site of Gangivecchio in Sicily. The site is centered on a 14th century Benedictine Abbey, now the home of the Tornabene family, which sits on a Greco-Roman site, possibly dating from the Greek colonial period, 7th to 6th centuries B.C., all the way up to the 19th century, when the property was purchased by Vincenzo Tornabene in 1856. The school will be strip excavating Particella 19, the site of a Roman villa of the High Roman Empire, with some possible surface survey prospection in the immediate vicinity of the site. The field director will be a Sicilian archaeologist, Dr. Maria Gabriella Cerami of Palermo, who is also the artifact specialist.

Academic Program

Students will learn the most up-to-date Sicilian methods of excavation, mediated through Dr. Glenn Storey, University of Iowa, and graduate teaching assistant, Christian Haunton, of the Department of Anthropology. Students will excavate one by one meter units in Particella 19 in order to expose structural elements of the known Roman villa in that field.

Program Dates

The estimated dates of program are July 1-August 7, 2014 (these dates are subject to change slightly).

For More Information

For more details about academic content, contact Faculty Director Glenn Storey: or Study Abroad Advisor Amy Bowes:

Gangivecchio, Sicily

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in a 14th century Benedictine Abbey, now the home of the Tornabene family.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will receive instructions about traveling together as a group after acceptance.


This program is open to any student who is in both good academic and also disciplinary standing.

Cost of Program

The Summer 2014 costs are as follows:
Program Fee: $4,500
Administrative Fee: $544 (subject to BOR 2014-2015 fee approvals, amount could change slightly)
Mandatory CISI Insurance: $1.15/day x 38 days= $44
Non-UI students will be charged an additional $200 fee for enrollment

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Withdrawal schedule will be posted in early 2014, prior to application deadline.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for this program will be available from 12/20 to 3/15. The supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

Supplemental Materials Include:
•Grade Report from ISIS
•Statement of Purpose (300 words or less)
•Copy of Information Page of Passport

How to Apply

Students that are not regular degree-seeking students at the University of Iowa cannot submit an online application and should complete the paper application. Please contact for an application.

UI students, click here to apply. The $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Post Acceptance Documents

After you've been accepted into the program, please turn in the following documents to UCC 1111 Study Abroad within 30 days:

Medical AssessmentPDF

•A clear copy of the identification page of your passport