PhD School in Archaeology

PhD School in Archaeology

Call 34th Cycle

Codice: 10989 ARCHEOLOGIA
Sede: Dipartimento di Scienze dell'antichità
Coordinatore: Alberto Cazzella (
Specifiche economiche: posti: 16 borse: 12

Valutazione titoli
10/09/2018 09:00 Aula di Archeologia P.le A. Moro 5, Roma
description: Progetto di ricerca.
lingua della prova: ITALIANO
Results: 12/09/2018 sull'albo, sul sito:
Documents:  1. Short curriculum vitae ; 2. Research project; Titles submitted can be sent in self-certification. Titles and project must be submitted by 31 July 2018 (4:00 pm) to the PhD secretary mailing at Documents will be sent in a pdf form non exceeding 5 MB. Titles, project and oral exam will be evaluated according to the following assessment grid 1. Qualification (max 15 points) 1.1 Master degree final mark (max 5 points) Or, for students attaining the MD within October 31: 1.1 Score degree of the exams 1.2 Scientific Publications (max 7 points) Description Points Monography 4 Articles, Conference act, book chapter 3 1.3 Research Experience (max 3 points) Description Points International experience 0,5 Proven research collaborations 1 Postgraduate training courses 1.5

Prova scritta
17/09/2018 10:00 Aula I - Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia Piazzale A. Moro 5, Roma
description: 17/09/2018, 10:00 - Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia - Aula I – P.le Aldo Moro, 5 – Roma. The written test implies a compilation about the various disciplines of each curriculum. The candidate has to write a compilation on the argument drawn for the curriculum indicated in the research project. The evaluation will be founded on: Clarity and completeness of the exposition (points 0-15) Conformity of the subject to the selected topic (points 0-15) Knowledge of the national and international scientific bibliography (points 0-15) Ability of the organisation of the elaborate (points 0-15) The candidates who are less than 40/60 will be not admitted to the interview
lingua della prova: ITALIANO
Results: 21/09/2018 sull'albo, sul sito:

Prova orale
24/09/2018 09:00 Aula di Archeologia, facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia P.le A. Moro 5, Roma
description: 24/09/2018 ore 09:00 – Aula di Archeologia, Dip. di Scienze dell’Antichità - Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia – P.le Aldo Moro, 5 – Roma. Discussion on the written exam (points 0-15); knowledge about the topics of the chosen curriculum (points 0-15); discussion on the research project (points 0-25); Language test (points 0-5). The candidate must achieve at least 40/60.
lingua della prova: ITALIANO
Results: 28/09/2018 sull'albo, sul sito:

Referente: Alberto Cazzella
Sito web:
note: La documentazione richiesta dovrà essere corredata dalla dichiarazione sostitutiva di certificazione e/o dell'atto di notorietà con firma autografa (artt. 46 e 47 del DPR 445/2000
criteri di valutazione: visualizza il file

Administrative information in the web site:

There are differents aims depending on differents curricula:


The curriculum in Classical Archaeology was established and organized in order to form and train to scientific research a number of graduates in the disciplines of archaeological areas and similar field. The courses are organized so that we can focus the student's work on the methodology of theoretical and practical research, in particular the aims and methods of carrying out the research, the critical examination of the studied materials and achieved initial results. The launch and operation of a conscious critique of their production is considered an essential exercise of the courses, achieved by critical and organizational comparison with what has been published about the research of graduate students.


The archaeology and post classic antiquities curriculum (III-XI century), structured in seminaries, let to create researchers for specific subjects of the period between III-XI A.D in the disciplinary field of Christian and medieval archaeology (L-Ant/08).
Scientific and formative aim is to get ready students on archaeology subjects about late antiquity and high middle age with particular attention to Christian antiquities and institutions, urban and territorial transformations and their dynamitic, productive activities both in artistic field and craftsmanship.


Achievement of a deep specialistic knowledge in the field of ancient Near-Eastern civilizations, from the origins of the urban civilization (c. 3500 BC) to the end of the Roman Empire, including the regions of Anatolia, Syria-Palestine, Mesopotamia (Iraq), Iran, Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakinstan, the Indus Valley, and the Mediterranean basin (for the Phoenician expansion to the West). The specific branches of study of this curriculum is threefold, corresponding to the three subjects of “Archaeology and History of Art of the Ancient Near East”, “Phoenician and Punic Archaeology” and “Archaeology of the Roman Provinces” (only the oriental provinces). Methodology takes primarily into consideration the artistic expression and material culture in a historical-archaeological perspective; it also foresees the direct participation into “La Sapienza” excavations in the following key-sites: Syria (Ebla), Palestine (Jericho), Jordan (Kh. Al-Batrawy), Turkey (Arslantepe, Elaiussa/Sebaste), Malta (Tas Silg);
Sicily (Motya). Each PhD student ha sto carry on an original study on aspect of ancient near-eastern cultures in these areas and periods, which will be pursued with the help of a tutor and the aim of the final publication of the dissertation.


The course aims at preparing young scholars for the prehistoric and protohistoric research by the elaboration of an original guided study. General theme is the analysis of the processes towards urban life. In this perspective, the students will take into consideration the following aspects and their transformations in a specific context:
1) the features of the environment and the subsistence activities;
2) the settlement patterns;
3) the exploitation of raw materials;
4) the craft activities and the exchange system;
5) the social and political relations inside a community and between several communities.


This curriculum is aimed at the scientific progress in the study field of Etruscology, in the widest meaning of discipline focosing on the indigenous people of Pre-Roman Italy in the chronological range from the 10th to the 2nd-1st centuries BC. This field of study also wishes to strengthen investigation of Italian antiquities, according to the scholarly perspective started with the institution in 1925 of the subject Etruscology and Italic Archaeology as a distinguished teaching at Rome “La
Sapienza” University, a discipline took over by Massimo Pallottino in 1945 and, from 1980, by Giovanni Colonna.The PhD curriculum of Etruscology was started by M. Pallottino in 1983 (at that time being Prof. Emeritus), and it is up to now the only one in Italy (and abroad), specifically devoted to such field of studies, raising the general appreciation of the scientific community involved on antiquities PhD students admitted to classes come not only from “La Sapienza” itself, but also from several other Italian universities (Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Salerno, Siena e Urbino), thus showing the “national” role achieved. The basic goal of this curriculum is to teach young scholars interested in Etruscan and Italic studies, both in methodology and research practice, in order to lead them to produce results so scientifically valid to be suitable to be published as a first step in their scholarly career, both in the University or in other research institutions.


The institution of a specific curriculum within the Doctoral School of Archaeology wants to characterize a specialised research area where young scholars experiment all the instruments essential to the comprehension of ancient society related to modern. Basic training requires comparing historical and documentary sources to archaeological data through a complete critical check. This involves objective analysis of results of archaeological and geological survey, excavations, monuments examination. From both points of view, methodological and thematic, topography starts from single structure analysis ending with its placing in rural/urban context relating to actually present scientific problems (planning, restoration, opening archaeological areas and tracing didactic itineraries, etc.). In order to obtain this result, topography uses methods of detailed drawing, 3D modelling and rendering, advanced technology (total station, GPS, computerized mapping, GIS), all essential means to get to a full autonomous work.