Department of Anthropology Field Schools

Summer 2017:

The Ancient Mediterranean World - Field School

Application Deadline: June 2, 2017

Program Description

Are you interested in ancient ruins?  Want to study abroad but to work or be on campus during the school year?  Want to quickly earn most of the units for a UC San Diego anthropological archaeology major? Then this course may be for you!

Over a period of 16 days, we will visit more than 30 ancient Mediterranean sites in the nations of Malta and Italy.  We will see ancients where some of the earliest inhabitants of Europe lived during the Ice Age, explore the first stone temples in the world going back to 4,000 B.C., tour incredible Phoenician and Carthaginian sites, visit the best-preserved ancient Greek cities anywhere, and study the roman villas of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved for 1,900 years beneath volcanic ash.  Most importantly, we will learn about the contributions of these civilizations to the creation of the Mediterranean world.

We also will wander enchanting medieval cities built by Normans, Arabs, and Italians, eat delicious food, climb the active Etna volcano, and enjoy the beautiful coasts of Malta, Sicily, and Campania, Italy.

For details, please click on the links for Application (with detailed itinerary) and Handbook.


ANAR 135S. Ancient Mediterranean Civilization: Study Abroad Program that examines the origins and history of ancient Mediterranean civilization from the late Neolithic period through the Classical era. During the course, students will visit some of the most important archaeological sites in the world, from the ancient megalithic temples of Malta, to Phoenician colonies of the early iron age, to the Carthaginian and Greek cities of Sicily, and ending with Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

ANTH 198. Directed Studies (Optional): Directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in the regular departmental curriculum by special arrangement with a faculty member. Student may take this course twice for credit. Please note: Majors may only apply eight units of approved P/NP credit toward the major, and minors may only apply four units of P/NP credit toward the minor. Please contact the department for a list of courses you may take on a P/NP basis and apply toward the major or minor. 


Malta: August 24-28

Hal Salflieni Hypogeum, Tarxien Temples, Ggantija Temples, Skorba, Ta’ Hagrat, Mnajdra, Hagar Qim, Xaghra Circle, Ghar Dalam Cave, Domus Romana, St. Paul’s Catacombs, Mdina Cathedral, National Museum, Gozo Museum, St. John’s, Grand Master’s Palace, St. Elmo Fort, and Inquisitor’s Palace, plus special outings to Gozo Island, the Azure Window, and the Blue Grotto and ferry trip to Sicily.

Sicily: August 29-September 3

Valley of the Temples, Taorina, Selinunte, Castello Eurialo, Megara Hyblaea, Casale Imperial Villa, Eraclea Minoa, Segesta, Mozia, Syracuse Archaeology Museum & Park, Duomo, Cusa Cave, Monreale, La Martorana, Capuchin Catacombs, and tours of Siracusa, Erice, Agrigento, Catania, and Palermo, as well Mt. Etna climb, boat tour, day on the beach, and over-night ferry to Naples.

Campania, Italy: September 4-8

Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, Boscoreale, Oplontis, Stabia, Velia, and National Museum, with tour of Amalfi coast and Naples

Meet the Professor - Professor Geoffrey Braswell

Geoffrey Braswell received his doctorate from Tulane University in 1996 and is Professor of Anthropology. His research interests include settlement pattern studies, geoarchaeology, lithic production and technology, archaeometry, mathematical methods, the emergence of complex society and economic systems, and alternative models of social and political systems. His geographical specialization is among the Maya and Mesoamerica more broadly.

How to apply?

Step 1: Complete the program application, and email or deliver it to the Department of Anthropology for approval.

Step 2: Make the payment of $2495 by check, and deliver to the Cashier's Office at UC San Diego by June 2, 2017.

Step 3: Enroll in ANAR 135S and ANTH 198 (optional) on WebReg during enrollment for Summer Session II.

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