Promoted by professor Gianfranco Adornato it will take place from the 26 September. Students from Universities which are part of the European network will participate.


PISA, 21 September 2022. The first summer school of the community “Archaeology and Architecture. Methodology and Perspectives on Mediterranean Cultural Heritage” of the European university network EELISA, of which the Scuola Normale Superiore is part, has begun.

  The summer school will take place at the Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, in particular at the Tempio D (Hera Lacinia), from the 26 September, and is promoted by Gianfranco Adornato, professor of Archaeology and history of Greek and Roman art, in collaboration with institutional partners of the network. Among the participants of the “community” are Alvaro Ridruejo and Fernando Vela Cossio of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Zeynep Kuban TokgözUmut AlmacBilge Ar and Görkem Gunay of the Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi; Massimo Bergamasco and Marcello Carrozzino of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

  Thanks to a call, 24 students were selected from university institutions belonging to the EELISA network (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Istanbul Technical University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Scuola Normale); as well as professors Fernando VelaFrancisco D. SanzRamón Martínez and Alvaro Ridruejo from UPM and Umut Almac from Istanbul.

 The main aim of the community ( communities are interdisciplinary work groups which distinguish the EELISA network) is to educate a future new generation of scholars, open to discussion and to interaction between humanistic and scientific disciplines, able to deal with the challenges of the future regarding the management of the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean, of archaeological sites, museums and landscape, from antiquity to the present day.

 In this unique UNESCO site at Agrigento, as well as field activities, there will be seminars and afternoon lessons focussed on topics and issues relating not only to classical archaeology to ceramic material and to the history of ancient art, but also to architecture, to legislation on cultural heritage, methodology, data management and digital modelling.

“I am very proud– states the Direttore Architetto Roberto Sciarratta – that the European network EELISA has chosen the Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi for this important educational project. The vocation towards teaching, education, training and third mission and the ongoing promotion of initiatives, artistic workshops and projects aimed at young scholars (all of which have become distinctive features of our institution) have been acknowledged once again”.

“The Scuola Normale – states professor Adornato – has addressed a request from the university institutions with a scientific and technical vocation which are part of the EELISA network and are very active in the cultural heritage field. This summer school is the first tangible activity of our community and aims to create new educational paths which will be a precious calling card for our students. In my opinion it also testifies to the excellent state of health of classical archaeology at the SNS and of our ability to innovate.”

The PhD and post-doctoral students of the SNS who will supervise the excavation and storage activities, co-ordinated by Professor Adornato and by Dottoressa Maria Concetta Parello areGiulio AmaraFrancesca D’AndreaAlessia Di SantiFederico FiguraGiulietta GueriniGiuseppe RignaneseGermano Sarcone and Giulia Vannucci. Ioulia Tzonou, Deputy Director of the excavations at Corinth of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, is part of the team.