As a collaboration between Randolph College, Virginia
and Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) – Roma,
the course was held under the direction of Roberto Nardi (CCA’s director)
and Susan Stevens (Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Randolph College). The first edition of ACI took place at the CCA’s headquarters in Convento di San Nicola in Belmonte in Sabina, Rieti, and it was attended by 10 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines from Randolph College. The course, two weeks long at that time, was held between the 6th and the 18th of May 2011, and combined theoretical lectures with intensive laboratory practice, presentations and discussions of case studies and study trips to cultural destinations in Italy. Other cultural activities enabled the students to experience the rich gastronomic
tradition of central Italy. Laboratory practice focussed on the
treatment of wall paintings and marble fragments
from the Roman Villaof Sant’Imbenia in Sardinia.