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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Portugal - Santa Susana Archaeological Project - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-12
End Date 2016-07-16

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information

2016-02-12 - 2016-07-16
2016-06-12 - 2016-07-03
2016-07-03 - 2016-07-16

Archaeology Field School Location

Redondo, Alentejo, Portugal

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$1,200 for 2 weeks
$1,800 for 2 weeks
$2,800 for 5 weeks

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

included in cost of tuition

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

housing, transportation on the project within Portugal, and weekly meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are included in the cost of tuition.

Archaeology Field School Description

Housing - Students are housed in the town of Redondo, Portugal, very near to the archaeological site, in a large, centuries-old Portuguese house. This house possesses most modern amenities, including a full kitchen, washing machine, and multiple bathrooms. Space is communal, and most rooms house two or more students (sometimes in bunk beds). Sleeping arrangements are separated by gender. We share a kitchen, bathrooms, washing machine, and living room, and so we also share the responsibility of cleaning these spaces. Internet access is available at cafes around town.

Meals - The project provides three meals per day on weekdays. Breakfast is provided at the dig house, and students are expected to prepare it themselves. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, and dinner is provided by other local restaurants but eaten at home. Students should expect to eat the traditional cuisine of the Alentejo region. We make every effort to accommodate vegetarians, but any participant with special dietary requirements or food allergies must contact us before the beginning of the project. On weekends, students should expect to provide their own meals. Redondo has some restaurants that stay open on weekends, and there are two grocery stores in town as well as numerous cafes and shops. Since we often take field trips on weekends, students have the opportunity to sample the restaurants of other towns and regions.

Transportation - The project provides transportation while students are in Portugal. Students must purchase their own plane tickets to and from Lisbon, Portugal. We meet students at the Lisbon airport when they arrive and bring them to Redondo, Portugal. At the end of their two-week or four-week session, we also transport students back to Lisbon, either directly to the airport or elsewhere in the city if they are planning on a longer stay after the project. Please be sure to inform us of your travel plans as far in advance as possible!

The Town of Redondo - Redondo is a small and very friendly community. Students have ample opportunity to explore the town during their free time. Free wireless internet connections are available at the community center (closed on Mondays). If you want to make use of this connection you'll need to bring your own laptop. We also have access to the local community pool -- so bring your swimsuits! Small shops, great little museums, plenty of pottery workshops and the nearby countryside make this lovely community an ideal place for your first - or second, or third - experience in field archaeology.

$1200 for 2 weeks, $1800 for 3 weeks, or $2800 for 5 weeks and includes room, board (on weekdays), and the cost of transportation within Portugal.

Beginners are welcome to apply!

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Historic: Roman.

Time Period


Field School Setting/Conditions

The site is remote, but accessible via car. This part of the Alentejo is very hot and dry, which means that participants must drink a lot of water.

How is the project area accessed each day


What is the daily schedule for the field school

Excavation and survey 7am - 1pm: pottery washing and sorting for about an hour every other afternoon.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Since 2012.
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Emma Ljung
Princeton University

Dr. Joey Williams
Western Iberia Archaeology

Rui Mataloto
Camara Municipal de Redondo

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

* intensive surface survey (methodologies and practices)
* open area excavation
* on-site conservation (mosaics)
* aerial photography
* GIS and topographical mapping
* recording and processing of small finds and pottery
* local and regional ceramic typologies

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Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr. Emma Ljung

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