Sapienza's Archaeological Missions – Call

For the last forty years, Sapienza's Archeological Missions have represented one of the most important research perspectives for our University. The archaeological missions initially consisted of a limited number of significant research projects; they have increased over time and now include many scientific missions (24), involving numerous professors, researchers and students. The excavations cover a wide geographical area (Italy, the Near and Middle East, East Africa and the Sahara) and cover a vast chronological span, from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages, constituting an exceptional wealth of knowledge that places Sapienza in a position of excellence in the archaeological field. This is confirmed by international recognition and the excellent positioning of our University in the major university rankings.

To support its academic staff's research, Sapienza annually promotes a call for "Grandi Scavi" (Large Excavations), which aims to support archaeological and geo-palaeontological fieldwork, in Italy and abroad, that has achieved results of great international significance. The call is based on specific agreements between the person in charge of the funding request (Director) and Sapienza as the scientific institution hosting the research, or between Sapienza and the local authorities in charge of the excavations.

By resolution no. 73 of March 3,  2020, the Academic Senate approved the 2020 Large Excavation Call for Proposals and resolution no. 188 of September 15, 2020, has funded:

19 Large Excavation projects for a total amount of 850,000.00 euros.


Head of Unit 

Silvia Piro
+39 06 4991 0492


Federica Crola
+39 06 4991 0314

Arturo De Marco
+39 06 4991 0078 

Carmela Romeo

+39 06 49910431


Main Campus

Rectorate Building

Mezzanine floor - room 4 

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