Call for Participants - Be part of the Apolline Project
The Apolline Project
The results gained so far have been presented worldwide and published in an edited book and in several articles, which you can download. In 2011 this project was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize, especially in consideration of our commitment to the local community.
The Apolline Project is also a registered non-profit organisation, thus we are legally committed to not make any profit from your donations and to spend the entire amount in activities which have a social impact, specifically to foster the research and to raise awareness of the past among the local population. Furthermore, we maintain a high level of scholarship and participation on our excavation, but pledge also to keep the participation affordable.
This page provides some general information on our open projects, both fieldworks and classes, and how to apply for them. Please note that our projects are quite popular (we received 300 applications for the Summer 2014 campaign), but we can host only 20 people for each slot, therefore we encourage you to apply asap.
The Apolline Project is now open to applications for the 2017 lab and field activities, which can be divided into: pottery classes, dig at the ancient city of Aeclanum, boot camp of human forensic at Aeclanum, study the pottery assemblage from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii, and courses on epigraphy, geophysics, restoration, and Roman Architecture!
The classes will take place from the 19th of June to the 11th of August. Further details on program and deadline is available at this page.
The Apolline Project has a special interest in Aeclanum and more broadly the entire area of Hirpinia, because the environmental model built for the environs of Vesuvius points to certain degrees of economic interdependence between the Campanian plains and the mountains of Samnium, thus Aeclanum works as an ideal control test for our theories. Similar to Pollena Trocchia and the North Slope of Vesuvius, Aeclanum and Hirpinia are ignored by the mainstream archaeological scholarship, which is still focused on Pompeii and Herculaneum, and thus this new chapter of the Apolline Project fuels our aim to shed light on previously ignored areas and to connect to the local population.
The Summer fieldwork 2017 will take place from the 19th of June to the 28th of July and students can apply from a minimum of two weeks to the entire period. Further details on program and deadline is available at this page.
The Apolline Project aims to study and publish the site in its entirety, starting from the pre- and post-79 pottery. Every year we process, study, and publish the artefacts from one room of the baths. In 2015 we took care of the remains from the piscina calida, which mostly consist of pre-79 artefacts. The results are currently in press in a book edited by the Archaeological Superintendency. The activities of 2016 focused on the nymphaeum, where among the pre-79 artefacts a decent amount of late antique pottery has been found too. The outcome of our research will be presented in May 2017 at the Late Roman Coarse Ware conference, and published soon after in their proceedings. The 2017 study season will be centred around the laconicum and will take place from July 3rd to 28th at the cost of 850EUR.
The participation includes tuition, accommodation in our headquarters in Pollena Trocchia, and the train tickets for the daily commute to Pompeii. Please note that the Apolline Project is a registered non-profit organisation; the donations will be used to run the project and continue the restoration works and outreach programs. To apply, click here.
The next workshop will take place from July 31st to August 11th; further details on program and deadline are available at this page. NOTA BENE: this project is currently full, we encourage you to apply to the other programmes.
The Summer School will run for one week, from July 31st to August 4th. The course is limited to 10 places and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. To apply, click here.
Integrating theory and practice, the course gives the opportunity to get fully engaged in the 2017 geophysical survey at this unique Roman city. Participants will be involved directly in every phase of the archaeological prospection, from planning, data collection and processing, information management and archaeological interpretation, while lectures and field/lab activities will cover a wide spectrum of topics relating to this discipline.
The course will run from July 31st to August 11th and costs 500EUR. It includes accommodation in Mirabella Eclano. To apply, click here.
Course objectives: The class focuses on the documentation and reading of architectural remains. In the field you will learn how to map and document architectural remains, identify various construction techniques, and to understand building phases. In the lab, you will learn how to process the data collected on site using structure from motion technology and AutoCAD. By the end of the course you will know the Roman construction techniques, you will be comfortable with surveying and drawing structures and producing representative plans.
The programme will take place both on site at the Roman villa and in the lab, covering the following topics:
- Introduction of the villa on via Saccaccio in context of Nola and its territory.
- Technical analysis of the extant structures and its importance to the comprehension of the site.
- Survey and mapping of the site using both total station and traditional techniques (i.e. triangulation, baseline offset)
- Photographic documentation of elevations and creation of a 3D model using structure from motion technology.
- Vectorisation of elevations using AutoCAD.
Duration: The course takes place between August 14th and 25th, which means 10 days of field and lab work with a free weekend, and costs 300EUR. Participants shall arrive during the weekend before the course begins. Upon request, participants can stay in our accommodation for longer period to further explore the region.
Necessary equipment: We kindly ask the participants to bring their own laptops with educational version of AutoCAD installed. Educational version can be downloaded for free after registration on the Autodesk’s website and the license is valid for 3 years.
The course on restoration of the artefacts provides a comprehensive introduction to the current theories and practices in this fields. After a general overview on how to categorise the objects and identify the pottery classes and types, the students will participate in all activities involved in the restoration of the artefacts, from the documentation (description, drawing, photography) to the first cleaning (with brushes, scalpels, chemical solvents), from the consolidation to the stitching to the final integration. The course will run from July 31st to August 11th (400EUR). The fees include tuition and accommodation in our headquarters in Pollena Trocchia.
How to apply
The application process is easy and straightforward. Please follow this link and complete the electronic application. Applicants are required to provide name and contact information of a relevant person – such as a professor or previous excavation supervisor – who can verify the details you provide in your application. Any application submitted will be strongly considered and processed within three weeks (unless you need to know it earlier for a grant proposal with your University, in that case please specify it in the application). However, there is a limited number of spaces so the earlier you apply the greater your chances of being accepted. We offer a select number of scholarships to participants to the pottery course in Pollena Trocchia, each worth 500 Euros. To apply, please have two letters of recommendation sent by your referees to firstname.lastname@example.org. These letters and your project application will be used to evaluate your eligibility for the scholarship. We do require payment in advance of the scholarship decision. The awardee(s) will be given the scholarship prize on site as a reimbursement.
During free time it is possible to enjoy the unique local culture and heritage and trips can be organised in collaboration with other members of the project to various destinations. For those staying in Pollena Trocchia, Naples and Rome are both at accessible distances and participants are encouraged to make the most of their stay by exploring the rich heritage – both natural and man-made – that the region has to offer. Highlights include Mt. Vesuvius, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples – which houses famous works such as the Battle of Alexander Mosaic – as well as numerous churches, castles and palaces. In addition, the historic towns of Sorrento and Amalfi are situated nearby on the stunning Amalfi coast. The island of Capri, home to such historical figures as the Emperor Tiberius, is also a must.
Travel and Transport
Aeroporto Capodichino – or Naples Airport – is the closest to the environs of Vesuvius, and while participants are required to cover the costs of their own flights a supervising member of the excavation team will be happy to pick you up and drive you to your accommodation. This can be arranged once your application has been approved and the details of your flight confirmed. For those staying in Pollena Trocchia, public transport in the area – including trains and buses – is good and participants will be able to move around the area with ease. If your application is successful you will be provided with further logistical information in a welcome email.
For international participants to the other projects based at Aeclanum, a former school in dormitory conditions is available.
The Apolline Project is not a company nor makes financial gain from the activity that it runs. It is an open network of scholars who make research, restoration, and public archaeology. It uses a legally-recognised non-profit organisation (Associazione Apolline Onlus) to collect and use funds.
Please consider donating, we do need your support and generosity to continue our activities and raise awareness of the past.