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Mediterranean Archaeology

Sapienza University of Rome
2 years
Master's degree
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Mediterranean Archaeology

The Master’s program in Mediterranean Archaeology offers a diachronic, comprehensive overview of the deep history of the Mediterranean through a thematic approach. Historic trajectories from Prehistory and Protohistory to Classical and Medieval worlds will be analyzed embracing a perspective that opens up towards Contemporaneity. The course highly benefits from the location in the city of Rome, at the core of the Mediterranean area.

The wide range of archaeological researches in Italy and abroad led by Sapienza provides students with unique opportunity of fieldworks, lab activities and stages on a Mediterranean scale. Agreements with the main national and international bodies of research, valorization and cultural heritage protection expand the spectrum of training.

The Master’s course in Mediterranean Archaeology offers an innovative approach to archaeological studies, that goes beyond the traditional separation of courses and curricula by periods. The focus will be the processes, crossdisciplinary themes, such as social and economic developments, cultural transformations, mobility and migrations, trade exchanges and networks, on a diachronic perspective.

The Master provides student with an advanced knowledge of state-of-the-art, theoretical background, methodologies and techniques of archaeological studies and archaeological sciences. Students will also develop skills on the protection and communication of cultural heritage on a cross-Mediterranean dimension.

Admission requirements

The Master in Mediterranean Archaeology typically admits students having a three-year (or fouryear) Bachelor of Arts or Archaeology degree or equivalent degree (i.e. Laurea Triennale) with a background in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Ancient History and/or Arts. All students must have a good knowledge of spoken and written English. Application documents will be evaluated first. Students with a curriculum that satisfies minimum requirements on basic (bachelor) education in Archaeology, Ancient History Cultural Heritage, and/or Art will be interviewed for admission. The interview is aimed at evaluating the sudent’s CV and competences. A document available on the course web site provides more detailed information. The interview will be held either in person or online. Students whose background is deemed to be improved may be requested to integrate their basic knowledge by:

  • attending teaching modules provided by Bachelor courses in English at Sapienza/ Unitelma within the first year of the Master course;

  • alternatively, studying supplementary reading materials.

Minumum GPA: 65/100

Minimum English Language Requirements: Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS Academic 6.0 or higher
  • TOEFL IbT 80 or higher
  • Cambridge B2 First or higher
  • TOEIC Listening&Reading 720 or higher

Please note: the above requirements may be waived for students holding a degree from an accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First year

  • Palaeobotany and Palaeoenvironment
  • Field activities Laboratories Stages Seminars I
  • Production and Consumption in Pre-monetary and Monetary Ancient Mediterranean Economies
  • Human Migrations Mobility and Identities in Life and Death
  • Artefacts Changing Landscapes and Agency

Second year

  • Archaeology of Living Space
  • Field activities Laboratories Stages Seminars II
  • Heritage and Narrative
  • Elective course
    • Final dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For more information about tuition fee, Please check the university website.


The primary objective of the Master's Degree Course in Mediterranean Archeology consists in an in-depth study of the preparation achieved with the first level curriculum, with particular reference to the acquisition of methodologies and skills that allow a critical approach to the single archaeological data, correctly classified, in broader perspectives. The course also aims to develop individual research skills in relation to the scientific debate at an international level.

Specific objectives are the acquisition, in addition to individual technical-scientific knowledge, also of adequate professional skills in the cultures of the Mediterranean world, from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The training objectives of the course also include the enrichment of the skills achieved by the student in the strictly archaeological field with historical-artistic, museological, linguistic-literary, historical and computer science knowledge applied to archeology. The training course was organized in such a way as to allow the student a complete training in the field of archeology, histories, methodologies and field activities.

The articulation in the two years was formulated on the basis of a distribution of the teachings which provides for the first year historical and cultural training on the Mediterranean context, divided into specific and diachronically declined themes, in particular relating to historical-economic and historical studies. social; cultural facts, processes or traditions; any kind of processes, events and traditions that foresee the intervention of human agents and a time and a place to refer them to with the contribution of historical-archaeological documents and methods. The second year will be devoted mainly to specific cultural and chronological areas as well as technical-scientific aspects; specific attention will also be paid to oriental archeology, in particular to the Phoenician-Punic and Islamic ones.

Career paths

The skills acquired allow the graduate to fully operate in the field of archaeological heritage management, both in terms of collaboration with research and protection bodies, and in the direction of archaeological excavations, documentation projects, museums and archaeological parks. The composite training also under the historical-literary profile allows full effectiveness in research projects on a national and international scale.

In the field of heritage enhancement and communication, it will be possible to access collaboration functions and communication activities, also in the field of specialized publishing in the sector.

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