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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Meseta Norte, Spain, Pintia Necrópolis Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-05-30
End Date 2016-07-28

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Session 1: May 30 – June 16
Session 2: June 20 – July 7
Session 3: July 11 – July 28

Archaeology Field School Location

Pintia, Padillla de Duero, Valladolid, España

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

1,690 USD

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Full Room and Board. Pintia program participants will reside at the site’s research facilities in the small town of Padilla de Duero for the duration of the program

Archaeology Field School Travel
Do not include airfare
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fees Include:

• Full Room and Board
• Seminars and workshops
• Pintia literature
• Excursions and other activities
• Airport pick-up/drop-off on first and last days of program
• Medical Insurance
• Application fee
• Administrative costs
Part of your fee will go toward the research project

Archaeology Field School Description

Those who join us at Pintia will excavate burials around 2,500 years old and handle the well-preserved grave goods that belonged to a pre-Roman indigenous culture that excelled in metallurgy, agriculture, and textiles.

The necropolis belonged to the Vacceans, an Iron Age people with Celtic links that settled in north-central Spain. The cemetery was in use between the end of the 5th century BC and the 2nd century. The Romans took over Pintia during their conquest of Iberia.

For the past 11 years, ArchaeoSpain and the University of Valladolid have worked together at Pintia to help create a window into the lives of the ancient Vaccean culture.

Surrounded by Castilla’s idyllic plains, Medieval castles, and Roman ruins, the Pintia-ArchaeoSpain crews have excavated over the last decade around 150 cremation tombs boasting a dizzying array of grave goods. The study of these tombs, belonging to men, women, and children, help us understand the social organization of these pre-Roman people.

For example, during one excavation campaign we excavated 44 tombs containing around 600 man-made artifacts. In one area around 100 giant limestone slabs (some weighing nearly a metric ton) protected the tombs from subsequent farming and left the funerary jars and grave goods in excellent condition: daggers, broaches, spear points, grills, knives, tongs, tweezers, shaving blades, and necklaces.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Iron Age-roman

Field School Setting/Conditions

Padilla de Duero is a little village very accesible, an 1h car from Valladolid

How is the project area accessed each day

Get the site walking

What is the daily schedule for the field school

The Pintia crew will also visit some amazing historical attractions in the region. We believe that exploring these sites is essential to understanding the context of the archaeological work at Pintia. These excursions are included in the program fees.

Visits may vary depending on your session dates and on the excavation schedule.

• Peñafiel: Medieval town and castle.

• Roman Villa La Olmeda (Palencia).

• Capital city of Valladolid: Cathedral, National Sculpture Museum, University.

• Capital city of Segovia: Cathedral, archaeological museum, Cartuja de Miraflores, Roman aqueduct.

• The picturesque town of Santillana del Mar and the Paleolithic Cave Art nearby.

• Canoeing down the Duero River.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
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Directors and Instructors

Carlos Sanz, Ph.D.

Dr. Sanz has been performing extensive research at the site of Pintia for more than 30 years. A professor of Archaeology at the University of Valladolid, he founded the Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies which oversees all the research work at Pintia. During this time Dr. Sanz has worked diligently to uncover, preserve and disseminate this site’s historical and archaeological heritage.

Dr. Sanz, his archaeological teams, and the people of Padilla de Duero have been instrumental in bringing about the development of the site’s research facilities and a local museum as well as encouraging the enthusiastic involvement many local and regional public and private entities.

Rita Pedro

ritaRita is an archaeologist with a degree from the University of Porto in Portugal and she has completed her master’s degree in History and Anthropology of the Americas at Madrid’s Complutense University.

In addition to Pintia, she has worked on around a dozen archaeological projects throughout Portugal from Roman and Medieval periods. Rita speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Álvaro Vera

Alvaro y muerto con hebillaÁlvaro has been working as an archaeologist in Spain and Italy for more than 10 years. He graduated from the University of Extremadura, lived in Ireland, and has excavated countless sites around Spain, including Roman cities Tiermes and Duratón, plus Falacrinae (where Emperor Vespasian was born) and Grumentum in Italy.

For the past nine years, Álvaro worked for a commercial archaeology firm based in Madrid. He has worked alongside ArchaeoSpain groups in Pintia and at the Roman site of Tiermes. He speaks Spanish and English.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This coming summer we will continue digging in the necropolis in June and July. Students will learn excavation techniques (from picks and shovels to fine-tool excavation at tomb level), archaeological mapping, and how to extract and process artifacts ranging from 2,500-year-old swords to children’s toys. You will also learn how to take samples of the biological materials found in the cremation jars, excavation photography, and how to clean and classify bones.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes, near the site

Will there be additional organized activities?

Each week the archaeologists will prepare seminars and workshops concerning the fieldwork and the history of Pintia.

Participants will also receive the book “De la Región Vaccea a la Arqueología Vaccea,” information on Pintia and the necropolis, powerpoint presentations of the topics below, and Pintia T-shirts.


• The Vacceans, Pintia, and the Archaeological Record
• The Archaeology of Death and Osteology
• Archaeological Drawing

Osteology will be a day-long theoretical and practical course in human and animal bone studies by professors from the Valladolid University Medical School.

Will there be additional organized activities?

We will also hold a Vaccean Pottery Workshop, during which we will look at the ancient pottery and produce our own replicas. Click here for a 3-D tour of some of Pintia’s most intriguing artifacts.

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

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+34 687 754 256 (Spain)

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