Welcome to the web site of
the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Poggio Colla Field
School. This web site presents current information about the
excavation project co-directed by Professor P. Gregory Warden,
a Classical archaeologist and Associate Dean of the Meadows School
of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and by Professor
Michael Thomas of the Tufts University. The project is sponsored
by the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University,
Franklin and Marshall College, and by the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
on the year 2005 Field School at Poggio Colla, click here: Field School.
The Mugello Valley in Tuscany.
This Etruscan excavation is
part of a long-term project which centers on Poggio Colla, a
site in the Mugello near the modern town of Vicchio, about twenty
miles northeast of Florence, Italy. Poggio Colla was first excavated
from 1968 to 1972 by Dr. Francesco Nicosia, the former Superintendent
for the Archaeology of Tuscany. With Dr. Nicosia's permission
and encouragement, the excavations have continued to reveal a
site that promises to contribute tremendously to our knowledge
of Etruscan Italy.
The excavation functions also
as the Poggio Colla Field School, allowing students from North
American and European universities to participate in the excavation
project each summer while studying Etruscan archaeology and archaeological
View of trenches in the
Podere Funghi during the 2004 field season.
A long-term goal of our project
is an interdisciplinary regional landscape analysis of the area
around Poggio Colla. Through the integrated use of geomorphology,
archaeology (both survey and excavation), and history, we hope
to create a kind of landscape archaeology for the region.
Part of the mission of our
project is pedagogical. If archaeology is to survive as a discipline
into the next century, it will have to develop a broader base
of support and will have to change its image from an elite and
esoteric discipline understood by only a chosen few. Archaeological
sites are becoming endangered by pollution, construction, and
human pressures that run the gamut from neglect to outright vandalism.
We hope that over the years, through our field school, we will
train a large number of individuals, some of whom may go on to
become professional archaeologists, but most of whom, no matter
what their career, will become advocates of cultural and archaeological
Field Students removing backfill from trenches on Poggio Colla
We hope to make our site and
our cause known to a greater public through the use of the Internet,
CD-ROMs, and an outreach program in the United States and Italy.
Every year we publish an annual report that is deliberately unscholarly,
without footnotes or jargon. These reports provide insight into
our excavation strategy and the changing interpretation of the
site. We will continue to publish informal annual reports and
will include them on this website. Additionally, we have published
a scholarly report on the 1995 and 1996 seasons in Etruscan
Studies; the 1995 through 1998 seasons in the Journal
of Roman Archaeology; and the 1998 and 1999 seasons in Etruscan
While in the field, the team
will report on their activities through periodic updates of this
website. Additional reports on special projects and research,
distinguished visiting professionals, and other materials will
be added as they become available. Stay tuned.