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Cetamura 2022: Blog Post No. 3

The last two weeks were filled with various activities for the group. To start, we took a trip to Castellina in Chianti to visit The Archaeological Museum of Chianti Senese. Students were able to view the Etruscan artifacts held there as well as visit the Etruscan tomb located outside of the museum.

Back on site on Cetamura, the students began to remove the trench backfill with the help of the Director of the Florida State University Florence Study Abroad Program, Director Frank Nero. Director Nero assisted with tasks at the worksite for a couple of days. He explored the town of Radda in Chianti and become an archeologist for the week. Throughout the week, the students excavated the trenches in groups while other groups rotated between that and working in the lab alongside Dr. Ceil Bare. In addition to our visit from Director Nero, we were also visited by Tina Brooks, the Director of Emergency and Risk Management for Florida State University’s International Programs. She was able to stay for a couple of days and observe the life of student in the Cetamura Program. Director Nero and Director Brooks were both welcomed with warmth and provided with the full Cetamura experience.

At the conclusion of the week, the students were given a free weekend. A few of those students used that time to visit the historic city of Rome. The students traveled there by train and stayed at a hotel with a full itinerary ahead of them. The students visited various monuments, restaurants, and museums over the course of the weekend. Meanwhile, other students remained in Radda to enjoy some much-deserved rest and relaxation as well as do a little exploring of the hilly town.

Crew members receiving information from the lovely Dr. De Grummond
Fellow student, Jake Vancura, exiting the Etruscan tomb at The Archaeological Museum del Chianti Senese in Castellina
Dr. Nancy De Grummond teaching the students at their lab orientation
Director Nero and Cartographer Kurtis Butler assisting the crew members with removing backfill
Crew members mingling with one another during break time
Lunch breaks -- American style (students and professor snoozing)
Lunch Break -- Italian style (Andrea Violetti with coffee maker)
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50th Anniversary Celebration

Nearly 50 years ago, a mass was celebrated at Cetamura del Chianti, opening the first Florida State University excavation at the site in Tuscany. Since then, hundreds of FSU students have had the unrivaled opportunity to participate in excavation and preservation work at Cetamura.

We will soon release details about our 50th anniversary celebration, including lectures, exhibitions, and even a VIP trip to Italy to experience the site in person.