La Via Dei Monti Lariani Landscape Survey 2018
Sorico, Lake Como, Italy
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Medieval to Post-Medieval
1) The Survey: La Via dei Monti Lariani Landscape Survey is a joint Scottish/ Greek Expedition and has been designed to record any surviving structures dating from the early medieval to the post - medieval that are located along and around this pathway as well as a walk over-survey to record any previously unknown sites. The route consists of old tracks which cross the lower reaches of the mountains on the west side of Lake Como. These were used, and still are, by local people to reach the alpine pastures.The path is based on old Roman route-ways, medieval mule tracks and on roughly paved military roads built during WW1.
This survey introduces students and volunteers to Standing Building Recording Techniques comprising the identification of structures, plane table survey employing alidade and clinometer, measured and elevation drawing, written and photographic documentation, and prismatic compass and walk-over survey.
The first stage of the expedition will concentrate on the northern most section of La Via dei Monti Lariani, at Sorico, and record early medieval structures and natural features related to a local Saint, San Miro, who died at Sorico in 1381. These include San Miro Grotto and la Chiese di San Miro, an 11th century Church re-dedicated to Miro in the 15th century. A survey will also be undertaken of the ruins of the Castello di San Georgio, an 11th century fortress, located on high ground to the rear of Sorico.
In addition, it is planned to undertake a walkover survey of the immediate area to document any previously unknown structures and potential archaeological sites and features.
Preliminary investigation has revealed numerous abandoned post-medieval structures which will also be recorded.
2) Experience: Places on the team are available to students, both beginner and advanced, and volunteers interested in archaeology. history. architecture and illustration.
3) Site (s) Location: The area to be surveyed is located only ten minutes from our accommodation (see map).
For any further information please get in touch with David Swan BSc hons (archaeology) at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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- Director/ Project Organiser: David Swan
- Organisation or Institution: La Via Dei Monti Lariani Landscape Survey
- Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
May and June 2018; September 2018
Accommodation: Team members will be housed on a family run, friendly campsite in the town of Sorico located on the shore front at the north end of Lake Como. The accommodation is a gentle ten minute walk from the start of the survey. Shared caravans, which sleep 4, are provided in the fees. These are modest but comfortable. There is space to pitch tents if preferred. In the town there are 5 family run hotels which can be booked by team members at their own cost. The campsite has modern shower and toilet blocks and a facility to wash clothes. In the town there are 14 restaurants and bars.
1) General Costs: The fees amount to £650/person (UK pounds) for 14 days or £800/person (UK pounds) for one month. This will cover accommodation, meals and all training. Flights are not included. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required within 2 weeks of start of the survey field school to secure a place on the team.
2) Meals: Meals are provided in the fees for 5 days of the week as it is assumed that team members would like to explore the area on days off, although there will be plenty of time to do this at days end. If you choose to have a lazy day at the campsite we wont let you go hungry. Como is some 60 km to the south and easily reached by public transport, A large number of charming towns and villages dot the lake side from Sorico to Como, and cycle hire is available locally. Milan is only 1 hour by train and a day or two day trip is advised. Lugano, in Switzerland, is also only 1 hour away from Como by train.
Meals consist of communal breakfast, lunch and dinner and will consist mainly of traditional Italian and Greek recipes. Any food allergies and food preferences (vegetarian, etc) should be informed.
Water and soft drinks are provided, any other drinks will be at team members expense.
3) Insurance: It is mandatory that all team members should arrange their own health and travel insurance before commencement of the Survey Field School.
1) Credits: We do not provide specific accreditation as we are not affiliated to any one university, however we will assess all team members individually and are happy to liaise with your university to enable credits.
2) Archaeological Skills Passport: For students and volunteers alike we would recommend the usage of the Archaeological Skills Passport as a record of practical training which is extremely useful during early steps towards a career as a field archaeologist as an undergraduate or volunteer.
This passport has been designed to document the main skills required to gain employment in the archaeology sector and see the individuals in good stead for membership of a professional organisation such as the Institute for Archaeology (IFA).