The goal of this expedition is simple: to help experts reconstruct the complex past of Populonia as fully as possible.
Help excavate the ancient seaside city of Populonia, once a center of metalworking and trade. Your team will focus on one of two fascinating sites:
Teams 1, 2, and 3 will work in the Etruscan cemetery of San Cerbone and the early Roman section of Populonia. The tombs in San Cerbone were long ago buried beneath iron slag heaps, and misguided excavators at the beginning of the 20th century partially destroyed many tombs when they tried to dig them up with machinery. Your work is key to preserving a site that might otherwise be lost.
Teams 4 (the Teen Team), 5, and 6 will work between the remaining walls of a Roman villa on Poggio del Molino (Windmill Hill), overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The villa was built at the start of the 1st century A.D., when the main city of Populonia was mysteriously abandoned. People continued to live at the villa, though, until the end of the 5th century, so it is one of the few existing sources of information from this time period.
Live the life of a professional archaeologist as you unearth artifacts, then clean and study them. You might also try rebuilding original objects from the fragments you’ve discovered. You’ll have an unparalleled chance to get close to Italy’s ancient past.