May 19 - May 22, 2015 10 am - 4 pm (ages 8+) and 10 am - 1 pm (ages 7 and younger)
Topic: Imperial Rome leading to Italian Renaissance (both Upper Elementary and Middle School Mosaic students will be covering these topics during Mosaic school year)
Overview: The civilization evident in the ruins, religions, and writings of Rome has world-wide significance. In the West, in particular, the culture, economy, and government of the City and its empire are endlessly fascinating to us for a simple reason: they remain relevant. In May 2015, students will have the opportunity to participate in a dig modeled on the finds in the Crypta Balbi, the ruins of which lie on the edge of Rome's famous Campus Martius. Students interested in Rome's role in the foundation of Western civilization will encounter powerful evidence of who Romans were, what they did, and how we can be sure that what we excavate speaks clearly to our interest in them. To be effective, the ways and means of archaeology will be balanced against elementary lectures in Roman history and culture to leverage understanding from the diggers. The intended result is a deeply informed knowledge of the City as it evolved into the center of its world ("All roads lead to Rome") and subsequently devolved into a malarial backwater after the collapse of its empire, before bouncing back to prominence in the Middle Ages and especially during the years of the High Renaissance.