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Amanda Klause ’11

39_klause_amanda.jpgAmanda Klause ’11, an honors Greek major and Latin minor, joined the Poggio Colla Field School in Tuscany, run by Southern Methodist University and Franklin & Marshall College. She spent the summer digging—and learning about archeological methodology—at the site of an Etruscan sanctuary.

I chose this project because I’d heard how wonderful it was from friends who’d done it in previous years—and the opportunity to learn about the Etruscans was a nice compliment to my studies at Swarthmore.

I got up at 6 a.m. every morning. We’d dig from about 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Then we’d go back to the student residence and have a lecture about some aspect of archaeological practice or Etruscan culture.

I really enjoyed my experience at the Field School this summer. Although I don’t think I want to pursue archaeology professionally, I’m very grateful that I’ve been exposed to the discipline.

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