Under the directorship of Prof. David B. George and Dr. Claudio Bizzarri, students, faculty and alumni from Saint Anselm College as well as volunteers from all over North America are digging Italy this May and June. Our excavations are at CORIGLIA near Castel Viscardo, a town located at the southwest edge of Umbria approximately eight miles northwest of Orvieto and two sites in Orvieto: CAVITÀ 254, a pair of pyramidal hypogea under the city of Orvieto and CROCIFISSO DEL TUFO the Etruscan necropolis at the base of the plateau.  


Coriglia:  Over the past nine seasons, we have uncovered evidence for occupation of the site dating from the 10th c. BCE all the way to the 16th c. CE (as well as random realia from World War II.) To date, the site’s strongest phases are Hellenistic Etruscan and Roman (Republican, Early Imperial and Late Antique).

Cavità 254: This season marks our fourth year beneath Orvieto, an exploration of a pair of Etruscan underground structures that are generally pyramidal in shape and are dated securely to before the 5th century BCE.  Their function is as yet unknown. 

Crocifisso del Tufo: This year we begin work at Orvieto’s Etruscan necropolis that dates from the 6th century BCE.  It is one of the most important Etruscan necropoleis in ancient Etruria.  This would be the first exploration of the site since the 1980s.

This excavation is supported by the Institute for Mediterranean Archaeology and the generous contributions of Cody and Kelly Barnett.

This website follows the 2015 Season.