Program Details

What is Rome really made of? What conditions favored her fortune? What interplay of territory (natural processes, climate, and resources) and culture contributed to the rise of Roman civilization?
Location:
Pompei, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

What is Rome really made of? What conditions favored her fortune? What interplay of territory (natural processes, climate, and resources) and culture contributed to the rise of Roman civilization? By taking this interdisciplinary course in urban geology/geoarchaeology, students will discover how Roman civilization took advantage of a series of favorable geological events that shaped the landscape and provided the raw material to grow and flourish.  The rocks formed by volcanoes (tuffs) and deposited by water (travertine) were transformed by the ingenuity of the Roman engineers and architects into buildings and infrastructures. Likewise, the waters resources of the nearby regions were harnessed in the most developed system of aqueducts capable to bring water to over one million people who lived in ancient Rome during the heights of the empire. What was not readily available was brought in from the provinces.

rogram Details

Credits offered:

Undergraduate:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 300: Civilizations
  • Geology (GEOL) 315: Topics in Geology II
  • Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) 398: Selected Topics in Global Change
  • History (HIST) 388: Topics in European History
  • Honors (HNRS) 240: Reading the Past

Graduate:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 670: Regional Studies in Archaeology

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
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Housing

Rome

Students will be housed at the Trinity University campus managed by the Camaldolesi Nuns and located near the center of Ancient Rome on the Aventine Hill. The site overlooks  the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill, in walking distance from the Colosseum.  Housing amenities include wireless, courtyards and common spaces for class, study and relax and 24-hr security. Breakfast will be provided.

Naples

Students will share double or triple rooms at the Villa dei Misteri in Pompeii. Breakfast, dinner and wireless will be provided.

Cost:
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3270 Included: Tuition (3 credits) Housing Daily breakfast Transportation to field sites and from Naples to Rome Field work excursions and equipment rental Welcome and farewell dinners 4 dinners in Naples Pre-Departure Orientation International Emergency Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Other transportation Some meals Personal spending

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes

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