Principal Investigator: Philip Kiernan
On-site Project Manager: Ken Hill
Faculty Involved: Paul Dover, Todd Harper
Webmaster and Digital Archivist: Aajay Murphy
Italian Partners: Silvia Calamandrei, Duccio Pasqui, Francesa Cenni (Biblioteca Archivio Piero Calamandrei), Riccardo Pizzinneli - Societá Storica Poliziana
Kennesaw State University has a long-standing study abroad program in the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy. With roots going back to the Etruscan period, the town still preserves much of its medieval character, with numerous buildings, churches and other monuments from the Gothic and Renaissance periods, as well as important collections of historical and artistic material in its museums, library, and archives.
Kennesaw’s new research program in cultural resource management connects students directly with Montepulciano’s rich material cultural heritage. Students work hands-on in the preservation, presentation, and study of the material past of Montepulciano. Our activities range from digitization projects of manuscripts, the study of ancient inscriptions, to the presentation of the town’s past.
This project is a cooperation between the Biblioteca Archivio Piero Calamandrei, Montepulciano, and the Società Storica Poliziana.
At present, our two main active projects consist of digitizing 16th-18th century manuscripts from the town's archive, and the study and digitization of the collection of Etruscan and Roman reliefs and inscriptions preserved in the façade of the Palazzo Buccelli. Future projects are being planned.
For more information on active and planned projects, follow the links below. The results of each project are archived here, as well as on the site of the town of Montepulciano.
Recent Press Releases and Articles
- "Presentato il progetto “cultura, archeologia e archivio” che per alcune parti proseguirà anche negli anni futuri,in sinergia tra la Kennesaw State University e la Biblioteca Archivio 'Piero Calamandrei'" - August 1st, 2019
- "Digitizing the Past" - August 2nd, 2019
- "KSU Students Preserve Historical Records in Italy" - August 2nd, 2019
- "Students recognized by Montepulciano mayor for archeological efforts" - August 19th, 2019