Students, Faculty and Alumni from Saint Anselm College are digging Italy this May and June. Our excavation is at Coriglia near Castel Viscardo, a town located at the southwest edge of Umbria approximately eight miles northwest of Orvieto.  Preliminary inspection of the area had indicated the remains of what was considered to be a Roman villa.  Our first season (2006) uncovered many intriguing finds which posed more questions than answers.  The 2007 season expanded trenches unearthing roads, walls, rooms, fistulae and numerous artifacts.  But still we discovered nothing definitive about the use of the site.  In 2008, finds indicated a large monumental wall across the upper width of the site as well as a large network of fistulae in trench C.  The Roman villa hypothesis has now been replaced by one of religious use, with evidence pointing to a sanctuary dating back to the Etruscans. 

With half of our team made up of veterans from the 2007 and 2008 seasons, this 2009 season promises to be the best yet!

Trench C at Coriglia, Castel Viscardo

partial Etruscan inscription

Convento S. Lorenzo in Vineis, Tamburino, Orvieto

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