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Summer 2015 Archaeology Fieldwork Final Report

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Final research report for the 2015 season

[ n.b.: this post links to two PDF files; see below.]

Our Summer 2015 training and fieldwork project was a success. In the field, we were able to complete an intensive survey of the ancient site, which in all likelihood was a villa in the territory of ancient Chiusi (Etruscan Clevsin, Roman Clusium), occupied from the 2nd c. BC through the 3rd c. AD, which had processing and storage facilities for agricultural products as well as accommodations of some luxury, including a bathing complex. We also may have located an ancient road that runs just to the northeast of the site.

For the local antiquarium (in the Palazzo della Corgna), we were able to craft a timeline and fashion two brochures (one for adults, one for children; see below) to help visitors enjoy and understand the museum and its displays.

A summary of all the different facets of our work (classroom instruction, field training, field trips, community engagement, museum projects, student project and presentations) can be read here: [PDF; 24 MB].

The team’s final survey research report is also available here: [PDF in English; also 24 MB]. Thanks to all of our participating students, who worked so hard on the project, and to our partners in Castiglione del Lago and the Umbra Institute in Perugia.

Thanks also to funding support from the Department of Classical Studies, DePauw University, and a private donor, who all made it possible for faculty and students to participate.

Umbra Institute Summer Archaeology Program 2015Brochure

Castel Rigone, Weeks 30-32: Beauty and Loss

 

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After the rain, after the game

On April 14, we went to watch the last real chance for  Castel Rigone to climb their way into a play-out place for Serie C next season. It was another Don Bosco outing, but this time instead of a hundred people, there were about twenty. Several of Jakob’s teammates stood around the edges of the pitch as ball-boys. At first Jakob wanted to join them, but then, when the rain came, the heavy rain, he was glad he hadn’t.

The rain seemed like a sign that it wasn’t meant to be, a cruel natural inevitability that belied the team’s efforts on the field and the club’s effort in the stands. Once again, playing one of the top teams in the division, Castel Rigone played harder and generally better than Teramo. Once again, they lost anyway, haunted by a habitual slackness at the start of every half which forced them to play from behind nearly the entire game.

It had started out so brightly, on a day of palm branches, daisy-chains, tulips, and redbuds.

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Turrets and Tunnels

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The fortified tunnel (at left) leading from the palazzo to the castle keep of the della Corgna family of Castiglione del Lago.

Over the last month we have visited two fortresses: the 13th-16th- c. castle of the famiglia della Corgna at Castiglione del Lago, on the west side of Lake Trasimeno, and the largely 14th-15th-c. Rocca Maggiore that perches above Assisi. In both cases, the boys enjoyed climbing up the towers and skittering through some of the very long tunnels that connect parts of the respective complexes. Both fortifications are also connected to Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (himself born just east, near Ancona), who was baptized at Assisi and spent his early years in that castle, and who ordered the construction of the castle at Castiglione del Lago just a few years before his death.

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