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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Archaeoccidens. International Archaeology Program- Pamplona - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-05-25
End Date 2014-09-27

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

5 Sessions.
May 25-June 14
June 15-July 5
July 14-August 2
August 3-August 30
August 31-September 27

Archaeology Field School Location

Cathedral of Pamplona.
Pamplona, Navarra. Spain

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

UNED (National Education Distance University)

Academic Credit

4 ECTS Academic credits for the 3 weeks seasson
5 ECTS Academic credits for the 4 weeks seasson

Archaeology Field School Tuition

2400-2700 $. Includes 4-5 ECTS Academic Credits

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Excursions cost included

Archaeology Field School Description

Gabinete TRAMA, in association with the UNED (The National Distance Education University) and de Archbishopric of Pamplona and Tudela is delighted to present an International archaeological field program that we consider of interest to your students.

The program combines oral tradition with information from archeological and archival investigations. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge in archaeology and is based at an excavation site in the Cathedral complex of Pamplona (Spain).

The Cathedral complex of Pamplona, constructed between the IX'th and XIX'th century, is of particularly importance in Europe due its pristine condition. The main excavation site is situated inside the former Archbishop's Palace (built in the XII century) and the attached cloisters (dated from the XIV century). The stratigraphic sequence of the site covers periods from the VII century B.C until present day.

Work will be directed by Mercedes Unzu who has 30 years of archaelogical and other heritage experience. In addition, Mercedes has also been awarded with a Spanish National Archaeology prize; Ph D. María Pérex who is the director of the Ancient History department of the UNED since 2004 and Dean of the Faculty of Geography and History in the UNED from January 2011; and Ph.D Carmen Jusué Associate Professor of the UNED specialist in medieval archaeology. Currently she is General Secretary of the Associate Center of UNED in Pamplona and also is Professor of Archaeology and Prehistory in this Associate Center.

Support by the UNED, allow students (in conjunction with their Universities) to earn official academic ECTS credits by participating in this program. The program is based upon work in the “Occidens: Exhibition chronicles history of Western society”, which has recently been awarded with several international prizes (The exhibition is now nominated for Best European Museum 2014 that will be the third award that aims Occidens, after recently winning the FX International Design Award in London, and have been recognized as the Best in the World Museum in the Core77 Award in New York. Also Occidens was finalist in the European Prize AADIPA in the category of Heritage Intervention.). It has been designed to expose students to a broad range of research topics making it ideal for someone who is beginning their career in archeology.

Should this be of interest to you, then please refer to the following websites

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Cathedral complex of Pamplona. Urban dig

Time Period

Pre-Roman, Roman and Middle Age periods

Field School Setting/Conditions

Breakfast and dinner will be served in the residence hall, while the group will eat with the Spanish team at a local restaurant. A lunch at the place of work must be taken.

Practical information: for the practical sessions of working at the archaeological excavation participants must bring comfortable clothes and shoes for trekking. A hat to cover the head (in the days of Sun) and sunscreen are also recommended, since part of the excavation is carried out abroad. We provide the rest of the items (gloves, tools and all the necessary materials for field and theoretical practices). We recommend to bring a laptop for the seminars, although it is not indispensable. In the summer, the weather in Pamplona tends to be good, with hot days (it can reach 30 or 35° Celsius, 86-95° Fahrenheit) but it can also cool down in the evenings, so it is recommended to bring some light clothes.

How is the project area accessed each day

By walk. It is inside the city.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday to friday. Morning fielwork and afternoon seminars and workshops. Saturday excursions

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

By the UNED (National Education Distance University)

Directors and Instructors

- Mercedes Unzu Urmeneta
- Maria Jesús Pérex Agorreta Ph.D.
- Carmen Jusué Simonena Ph.D.
- María García-Barerena Unzu
- Nicolas Zuazúa Wegener
- Carlos Zuza Astiz

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

1-The archaeological method. This offers an overview of trends and evolution of the archeology components with a special focus on the Harris method.

2-The historical evolution, since the Protohistory up to the contemporary period in Navarra.

3-Spatial Archaeology. Localization and identification of archaeological sites, archaeology survey techniques and cartographic tools.

4-Drawing of the materials. Basic notions about the standards in pottery drawing along the stone industry.

5-Archaeology of the death. A review of the cultural evolution and material evidence that permits us comprehend a great part of the western civilization.

6-Fortification evolution. Since the protohistorical period up to the contemporary era, using as an example Pamplona´s fotifications.

7-The material culture. From the different periods that we can find when excavating Inside this part of the course there will be an emphasis in:

-Roman pottery, basic notions of identification, chronology, modes of production and trade.

-Roman Numismatic, they will learn to identify and classify the different coins from the Roman period.

-Medieval and modern pottery, basic notions about its evolution and chronologic typology.

These sessions will have the possibility to manage the archaeological materials so they can become familiar with them reinforcing in this way the knowledge acquired theoretically.

On rain days will there be lab work?

The cover areas if it rains

Will there be additional organized activities?

At least once per week, excursions will be arranged with the final aim of getting to know the riches of the heritage from the ancient Kingdom of Navarra (as well as in other archaeological fields that are now part of some museums).

Pamplona: Medieval hamlets, the walls and the Museum of Navarra.

Andelo, Artajona and Olite: The Roman city of Andelo with its full water supplying system. The medieval walls of Artajona from the 13th century. The spectacular Royal Palace of Olite is an example of the civil gothic architecture.

Estella and Arellano. Estella with a medieval character full of Romanesque churches, palaces, etc.In Arellano the Villa of the Muses is the perfect example of rural settlement with a residential profile and an agricultural exploitation from the Roman period.

Will there be additional organized activities?


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

María García-Barberena
Gabinete Trama S.L. c/ Mayor 2 31192– Mutilva Baja NAVARRA - España Tel: +34 948151427

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