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Aventinus Minor Project: 2023 Excavation Season

20 May - 23 June, 2023


Rolling until enough participants are chosen.

The Aventinus Minor Project (AMP) is looking for a small group of participants to help us excavate in the middle of the city center.

About the project:

AMP is a community archaeological excavation project that is a joint effort between the American University of Rome (an international university located in Rome with expertise in archaeology), St. Stephen's School (a local international high school that borders on the excavation site), the Istituto Santa Margherita (a convalescent home that owns the property), and the Archaeological Superintendency of Rome. AMP is a comprehensive, research-focused archaeological project that strives to be both academically rigorous and culturally engaged. We actively engage with the local community on a daily basis as active participants in the various processes of archaeological research, conservation, ethnography, and research publication.

Our site is situated on the Little Aventine Hill, between the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla. Located on the property of the Santa Balbina Church, the trenches aim to uncover a portion of the 4th century BCE Servian Wall, the major defensive circuit around Republican Rome. According to epigraphic and cartographic records, the site might also include the remains of Roman imperial houses, early Christian architecture, and medieval agricultural land.

2023 will be our second year of excavation.


$3300 course fee (enrollment in 3 credits of archaeological field school practicum at the American University of Rome. Includes lunch on-site Monday-Friday).

$1300 housing in AUR dorms for five weeks (optional).

Any other costs (including flights, Visas, other meals, etc) will be the responsibility of the individual.

A small number of limited scholarships are available.

Outcomes of the season:

You will gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with international experts and archaeologists in a professional academic archaeological research project. You will directly participate and gain skills in survey and excavation, Geographical Information Systems, small finds and materials recovery, analysis, and conservation, and public and community archaeology.

Who can apply:

Current or recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students (18 years or older) enrolled in one of the following majors: Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, and/or Cultural Heritage. No practical excavation experience is needed. You must be physically fit and able to provide your up-to-date Tetanus vaccination records. You must be available for the entire 5 week program.

Application requirements:

  1. completed Google form, including 500-word essay question
  2. name and contact info of 1 academic reference (no letter necessary at this point)
  3. upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  4. upload an unofficial academic transcript(s)


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