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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Cova Gran Field School - 2016

Europe - Spain -  Cova Gran Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-26
End Date 2016-07-30

Archaeology Field School Location

Spain- Cova Gran

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research, Universitat Autňnoma de Barcelona,

Academic Credit

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University California Los Angeles.

Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in tuition

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Tuition includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description

Human settlements in mountain landscapes are key for the understanding of prehistoric lifestyle. Investigation of sites with evidence of hunting and gathering practices shed light on utilization of resources, adaptation to the environment and social structures and organization. While hunting and gathering practices have been documented and are well known at some parts of the Old World, understanding its manifestation in the south Pyrenees of Spain remains elusive. Archaeological sites attributed to the Upper Pleistocene and Holocene are rare in this region and it is difficult to trace human occupation trends throughout these periods. The notion that the south Pyrenees could be considered an “empty” landscape deserves to be explored. Cova Gran de Santa Linya (Lleida, Catalunya) ( is a rock shelter located at the seam between the first range of the southern Pyrenees and the Ebro Basin. The cave is rich with evidence of human occupation dating to at least as early as 50,000 years ago and continuing through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Investigation at the site will allow us to recognize both the evolution of hunting and gathering strategies in the region and recognize important differences between Neanderthals and Modern human adaptive strategies. The deep archaeological sequence at Cova Gran contains animal bones, hearths and Middle and Upper Paleolithic artifacts. The presence of Early Upper Paleolithic layers in stratigraphic context enable careful examination of two competing models that explains Middle/Upper Paleolithic “transition”: the first suggest continuity and the second suggest some type of population replacement. In addition, excavations at Cova Gran confirmed the existence of important cultural deposits related to human occupation dated to the Pleniglacial and Late Glacial period (Magdalenian). Finally, it shows the appearance of the first farmers in the south Pyrenees. The long human occupation sequence at Cova Gran provides excellent opportunities to explore and document an extensive cultural sequence of the region, beginning ca. 50,000 years ago. The excellent preservation of archaeological record at the rocksheleter permits the testing of multiple hypotheses and models that explain local adaptations and cultural evolution in this part of the world.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

Palaeolithic, Neolithic

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Jorge Martinez-Moreno, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (; Prof. Rafael Mora, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (; Dr. Alfonso Benito-Calvo, Centro Nacional de Evolución Humana, Burgos (

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This course has two goals: (1) to provide students a practical working knowledge of archaeological field methods, including survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, artifact cataloging, and conservation; and (2) to introduce students to the intellectual challenges presented by archaeological research, including research design, the interpretation of data, and the continual readjustment of hypotheses and field strategies with regard to information recovered in the field.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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2999 Overland Ave. #103, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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