"Attending the Pran'e Siddi Landscape Project was amazing both personally and professionally. I was already a graduate when I attended but had been feeling nervous and ill-prepared looking for jobs in the field. The opportunity to have such a rigorous and hands on relationship with the sites, artifacts, and data was massively instructive, interesting, and confidence building. Dr. Holt's knowledge of, and passion for, the subject matter is exhaustive and infectious. The extent of her connections to Sardinian archaeologists belies a deep love and respect, not only for the archaeology but the local scholars who study it. It afforded several fascinating tours of nuraghe guided by an expert who was intimately acquainted with the site and the significant research that had come of its study.The staff and my peers were equally fantastic and made the days pass in good humor and conversation whether we were hiking up a brambled hillside in search of an elusive site, working in the lab analyzing and cataloguing pottery sherds, or spending a Sunday swimming in the Mediterranean. The food was great. In short: I met amazing people, ate delicious food, acquired hands on experience in my chosen field, and was consistently bombarded by fascinating information for about five weeks straight. I highly recommend it."
- Daniel Sinderson, Portland State University (2013)
"The Pranne Siddi Landscape Project was an amazing cross-disciplinary experience. As a Landscape Architecture student with no prior education in archeology, I felt very well prepared to go out into the field with the help of the instructors. They were very accommodating to everyone’s different skill sets and knowledge, without compromising anyone’s experience. I would highly encourage anyone who is slightly interested in archeology to participate in this field school. I learned a lot about the discipline that can directly relate back to my field. I think it would be highly beneficial to have a more diversified team to work on a project like this. The experience outside of the field school was great too. Living within the village of Siddi, you become immersed within the culture of the local people. They were very welcoming and curious as to what we were doing. Living and working within the village enabled us to really see how important it is to preserve the cultural heritage of the local people and the greater region. Community involvement should be a component to every project, as it creates a relationship between the team and the local people, fostering an extremely successful project overall."
- Corryn Feeney, Virginia Tech (2013)
"At the risk of sounding cliché, being part of the Pran’e Siddi Landscape Project during the 2013 field season completely expanded my horizons. Having not had much, if any, archeological experience outside of the classroom I was admittedly a bit nervous about spending 5 weeks living, learning, and working in an unfamiliar environment in a foreign country. However, I need not have been nervous because felt so wholly welcomed by Dr. Holt and entire project staff as well as my peers. Throughout the project, I was surrounded by other hardworking students who were both interested and committed to our work, which made the challenging academic environment feel comfortable and engaging. Dr. Holt was able to easily transfer her deep knowledge not only of archeological theory, methods, and ethics, but also the Sardinian cultural heritage. It is evident that she is well respected, both personally and academically, by her fellow Sardinian archeologists as well as every person she interacts with. Additionally, the community accepted us with open arms and consequently I fell in love with both the town of Siddi and it’s inhabitants. From adventures with potentially scary Italian driving, to learning traditional Sardinian dance moves, hiking up the plateau to see the super moon, overcoming the language barrier with gestures and laughter, and to eating Luciana’s famous ravioli, being a part of this program was more than just academically stimulating. Overall, when looking back on my life, I will always remember this project as a delightful experience that taught me not only about field archeology, but also about a whole new culture and most importantly myself."