• Application Deadline
  • 2 months


The field school at Badia Pozzeveri is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology offered by University of Pisa is designed to provide participants with knowledge of archaeological field methods, including:

  • Survey and excavation
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and informatics
  • Bioarchaeological field and research methods
  • Recovery, restoration, and analysis of human skeletal remains.
Practical, hands-on experience in the field will be complemented by laboratory activity in archaeology and bioarchaeology. Lectures by the directors and instructors on their research will also provide students with insights in the theory and practice of archaeology and physical anthropology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 2 months
    • Duration description
      17 June- 12 July (first session) 15 July- 09 August (second session)
  • Credits
    24 ECTS
    • 12 for the first session
    • 24 first + second session
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Laboratories will be held in parallel with excavation. Laboratory activities may include cleaning, labeling, restoring, and analyzing skeletal remains and artifacts, as well as elaboration of photographs and GIS records. 
  • Such activities will be held at the instructors’ discretion and will involve only small groups of students (2-3 per lab) at a time. 
  • Lectures may be given in the morning once or twice a week. In case of inclement weather, excavation will be replaced with laboratory activities and lectures. At the end of the working day students will have time to relax and shower. 
  • Students and staff will dine together at 8:00 pm-8:30 pm.


The course is open to up to 30 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students in archeology, physical -anthropology or allied disciplines from any country and institution.


  • Prof. Valentina Giuffra

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • The Summer School has no formal prerequisites; students will be fully trained for all the activities they experience. Students interested in applying to the Summer School must fill out and submit the online Application Form.
  • Identity Document (*Passport in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Statement of interest and Curriculum vitae

All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 2 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 2 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • fees 1.000 euro, accomodation 1.000 euro

Living costs for Altopascio

  • 600 - 900 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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