Save the Date
50 Years at Cetamura
Cetamura Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Oct. 14
We’re celebrating! To kick off the 50th anniversary of FSU’s Excavations at Cetamura, Dr. Nancy de Grummond (FSU Classics Professor) and Gregg Anderson invite you to join us for an evening wine tour of Chianti. You’ll sample three wines from Badia a Coltibuono paired with appetizers while learning more about some of the amazing archeological discoveries soon to be on permanent display at the Museum at the Origins of Chianti in Gaiole, Italy.
A suggested $25 donation to help support ongoing research and FSU student scholarships can be paid at the door. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The event is open to members of the FSU and Tallahassee community ages 21 and over.
Dear Community of Cetamura,
49 years ago, a mass was celebrated at Cetamura del Chianti, opening the first Florida State University excavation at the site, located in the Italian region of Tuscany. Since then, hundreds of FSU students have had the unrivaled opportunity to participate in excavation and preservation work at Cetamura, and the dig is on track to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. As a beloved member of our Cetamura community, I hope you will plan to join in the exciting schedule of festivities we have planned.
In June, we will be back on site, digging with our regular crew of students from FSU International Programs. In addition to holding an Open House event and giving tours of the site, we will also host a unique occasion, the official inauguration of the new museum at nearby Gaiole, the Museum at the Origins of Chianti. Within this space, numerous finds from Cetamura will be integrated into displays related to the history and archaeology of the special region known as Historic Chianti.
Another aspect to celebrate is the relationship between the Cetamura program and the FSU Study Center in Florence. Back in 1973, the excavation was a course in the Florence program: The students would come out for a long weekend, dig passionately, live in tents, eat soup they cooked over the fire, then go back to Florence to prepare for classes during the week. In 1978, Cetamura transitioned into a summer field school, and Gregg Anderson, one of the students on the dig in 1979, will relive his Italian experiences and join me in planning all the events for a special Cetamura Week to be held in mid-June.
We will soon release details about the lectures, exhibitions, and even tours of the site and the FSU Study Center in Florence (and of course, parties with abundant Chianti wine!). We will also be inviting you to help us fundraise for our students’ many needs as they conduct field work, museum internships, and research all related to the wonderful things we have excavated over five decades.
We had an excellent program this summer, with lots of work in what we now know was a medieval castle, and with two exhibitions. You can read about the work by student museum interns and learn about two recent shows, one in the FSU Study Center in Florence, and one in the forthcoming museum in Gaiole.
If you’d like to receive details about next year’s celebration, opportunities, and our exciting Tuscan trip to tour Cetamura, shoot me a note at [email protected].
Nancy (aka Dr. de)