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Mission and Objectives

The Sangro Valley Project (SVP), managed by Oberlin College (USA) in collaboration with Oxford University (UK), Durham University (UK) and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo, is a multi-disciplinary team of specialists from Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The SVP aims to achieve a holistic understanding of the Sangro River Valley’s past and modern landscapes (c. 10,000 BC to AD 2000) and the human activities that took place within them. This research incorporates both intensive and extensive survey, excavation, and ancient landscape and environmental reconstruction, at different elevations and in the many diverse microenvironments that exist within the Sangro River Valley.

The project sustains both a research program and a month-long didactic field school for undergraduates and sees the symbiotic relation between the two as fundamental to its mission. The Field School trains twelve to twenty undergraduate students annually, several of whom typically return for subsequent seasons to pursue independent research projects, initiated in collaboration with the project’s senior specialists. The Project also encourages participation by doctoral and post-doctoral students through Research Associate accreditation. It also seeks to engage in knowledge transfer to the benefit of the local communities, as well as acting as a professional research partner for the Soprintendenza in its work in the region.

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