Coriglia/Orvieto Excavations

May 20th – June 29th 2019

2018-19 Invitation to Apply


We are now accepting applications to excavate in Italy during the summer of 2019 with the Coriglia/Orvieto Project.  This international archaeological project is sponsored by the Department of Classics at Saint Anselm College.  The Department’s works in Italy are conducted in cooperation with the Parco Archeologico dell'Orvietano and civic and archaeological officials of the towns of Orvieto and Castel Viscardo, the village of Monterubiaglio, and the Soprintendenza per I Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria.   

This archaeological expedition is part of a long-term project to excavate several sites in and around Orvieto.  Participants will have the opportunity to gain experience in diverse aspects of the broad field of archaeology by participating not only in excavations in the field, but in the labs.  They will learn how to clean, identify, and document artifacts from the excavations.  They will also be introduced to the process of flotation, where soil samples are sifted to collect organic matter (seeds, grains, nuts, etc.) which provides evidence of the historic flora and fauna available to the site’s inhabitants.  

This coming season we will be working at three sites: the first project is an Etrusco-Roman settlement at Coriglia approximately 8 miles from Orvieto, the second is an Etruscan pyramidal hypogeum at least 2,500 years old lying deep below the city of Orvieto, the third is the 6th century BCE Etruscan necropolis of Crocifisso del Tufo.


The project accepts participants with or without prior archaeological experience.  English is spoken on the dig, while Italian language skills are useful, they are not required.  Participants must be at least eighteen years of age (17 with parental consent) and must be in good health.

  1. All participants must provide proof of medical insurance (a copy of an up-to-date insurance card)

  2. All participants must have a valid passport and provide a copy of the first page to the director.

  3. All documents must be completed by May 1, 2019.

  4. The complete participation fee of $600 per week ($3600 for six weeks) must be paid by the final due date, April 15, 2019.

    Program Cost and Application Procedures

    The cost to participate in the full six-week archaeological project is $3600.  Four and five week stays are pro-rated at a cost of $600/week.  This fee pays for your room and meals (full board.)  The fee does not include airfare, tuition, travel to or from the airport, or weekend trips or day-trips that participants may take on their own.  


    Applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2019.   Applications received after March 30th will be considered but will only be accepted if space allows.  Participants will be asked to provide information on allergies or any special needs they may have after the initial acceptance of their application.

Payment Procedure

Upon your acceptance, we will issue you an invoice for your fee which can be paid online.


Contact Information

Prof. David George
Institute for Mediterranean Archaeology
Palazzo Negroni, Piazza Corsica, 2.
Orvieto (TR) 05018 Italia
phone: +39 333 9313426

Prof. Linda Rulman
Faculty / Director
Saint Anselm College Orvieto
Palazzo Negroni, Piazza Corsica, 2.
Orvieto (TR) 05018 Italia
phone: +39 333 9313426