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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Los Rodiles Hillfort Excavation Summer School Field - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-07-01
End Date 2016-07-31

Multiple Sessions YES
Multiple Session information

Short session: 2016 July, 1 to 20.
Large session: 2016, July 1 to 31.

Archaeology Field School Location

Cubillejo de la Sierra.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University Complutense of Madrid.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Short session: 1220 EUR.
Large session: 1270 EUR.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room and board included.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Travel not included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The course fee includes:

• Course tuition (archaeological excavation and laboratory work). The course fee includes the Geographic Information System (GIS) theoretical and practical work and 3D documentation seminar.
• Acommodation in the student residence Doña Blanca de Molina (Paseo Alameda, s/n. Molina de Aragón, Guadalajara), located 12.5 Km from the archaeological sites.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Daily transportation from the student residence to the archaeological site.
• Excursions and visits to another archaeological sites and other adventure activities.
• Participation letter issued by the Complutense University of Madrid.

Archaeology Field School Description

Los Rodiles is a representative fortified oppidum of the Late Celtiberian and Celtiberian-roman periods dates between III-I B.C. centuries.

The archaeological site of Los Rodiles is located on the top of a big hill, with and approximate area of 5 hectares in the municipal term of Cubillejo de la Sierra (Guadalajara) at the nothern of the county of Molina de Aragón. For its position, size and characteristics, it was a regional center controlling the territory (small towns in the area and several way communication between the plateau and the valley of the Ebro) during the previous centuries before the change of the era.

There are some evidences, should be confirmed, that the oppidum could be a mint or one of the cities mentioned in the roman written sources on these territories whose location has not been found yet from the archaeological point of view. Its most relevan characteristics can be summarized in four points:

Two well contextualized occupancy levels corresponding the arrival moments to these territories of the roman people, that enlarge the available archaeological information about the conquest of the Celtiberia.

Defensive structures. Perhpas the most significant aspect of the archaeological site is its powerful defense system sourrounded by three concentric walled enclousures, emphasizing the interior wall. The wall is made by cyclopean blocks and two towers at each end of the oppidum, one of them preserves more than four meters high. In front of this wall it has locates a rampart preceded by a moat.

The urban structure. Inside the archaeological site, there are some rectangular houses identified, detached from each other and articulated in streets and blocks.

The material culture. Main materials have been recovered that could well indentify an exclusively indigenous first moment of occupation that, in the footsteps of a small fires, continued its development under the roman presence: initially it has been found only celtiberian pottery from the Late Celtiberian, or La Tène brooches and in the second phase, several coins from differents mints, italic amphorae, campanian pottery, shield fragments, etc.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric. Celtiberian Culture.

Time Period

Iron Age (III-II centuries BC).

Field School Setting/Conditions

Not experience required but recommended.

How is the project area accessed each day

Access to/from the archaeological site by bus or car.

Directors and Instructors

Prof. Dr. María Luisa Cerdeño.
B.A. Marta Chordá.
Dr. Emilio Gamo.
Dr. Álvaro Sánchez.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

The students will learn exavation processes in a celtiberian hillfort. Analysis and registration, digital image treatment through GIS software. Analysis of the material culture (pottery, iron, bronze, etc.), analysis and drawing. Image treatment through 3D digital modelling.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes, on rain days will there be lab work and other specialization seminars.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, some extracurricular activities, like adventure activities, visits to other archaeological sites and trekking.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes. Lectures and other specialization activities.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Yes. Free time travel to visit some other places, villages, etc.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

Dr. Álvaro Sánchez Climent.
C/ Altagracia, 39, 4F
Ciudad Real.

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