The Portus Field School will run for three weeks. The Field School begins on Sunday June 21st, with a welcome dinner for all participants, and the last working day is Friday July 10th. The normal working day is from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, with a coffee break and a lunch break. We will work five days a week, with Saturday and Sunday being days off. On most Saturdays field trips will be organized to sites and museums in the area, while Sundays will always be free time to use as you like: explore the area, go to Rome or the beach.
Before you arrive you will be invited to take part in an online forum, where you will be provided with necessary background information, including a field school handbook with brief introduction to the site, outlining our aims, results and methods, providing further practical information. The forum is also a place where all participants of the field school can discuss various aspects of the site, fieldwork, the set reading, learning outcome expectations, etc. This forum will remain open in the months prior to and following the field school. Furthermore, in January we will run the Portus MOOC again: Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome, with another run scheduled to take place in the 6 weeks running up to the beginning of the field season. Taking part in the MOOC would give you a perfect introduction to the site and the work you can expect to do while there.
On your first working day you will be given a half-day introduction to the site and the field techniques you will be using. This will include a Health and Safety briefing, followed by a site tour. You will be assigned to a particular trench and site supervisor on the excavation, who will be on hand to give you constant guidance. During the following weeks you will be given field tuition as you are rotated through different tasks, allowing you the chance to try your hand at all aspects of excavation. At the end of every week all participants will be kept up-to-date with overall site progress by means of a weekly site tour. This training will be supplemented with lectures given by field school staff and visitors. These will provide participants of all levels with an understanding of the wider context in which the work at the site is situated. Study visits will be organized to sites and museums in the wider area, including Rome and Ostia.