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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Roman villa of los Villaricos - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2015-07-05
End Date 2015-07-19

Multiple Session information


Archaeology Field School Location

Mula, Murcia

Academic Credit

5 crédits and 125 hours

Archaeology Field School Tuition

200 €

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Students in the course will reside on the hostel El Matadero.
This hostel offers group rooms, public toilets, laundry, and leisure spaces for young people. The hostel also provides bedding.

Capacity: 25 people.

Breakfast, lunch, lunch and dinner will be prepared by a local chef at a nearby lodge restaurant. If there is a vegetarian student must advise us at the beginning of the course.

Archaeology Field School Travel

Archaeology Field School Description

Students and persons interested in archaeology who join us in the course of archeology at the site of Villaricos, located 5f km east of Mula in Murcia (Spain), able to study first hand the model of rural settlement in Roman times known as Villae.

These settlements consist of a large building with many rooms dedicated to various functions, among which we distinguish a residential area and bedroom with beautiful geometric mosaics and a thermal resort, as well as an industrial area and working, specifically a mill or torcularium with the press area, pipelines and storage. Because reuse and transformation from the late first century AD until the end of the V century AD, the area undergoes various changes, most notably the adequacy of a room to present an apsidal (perhaps religious function) and a necropolis of later period.

In recent years the CEPOAT has been working on this site’s development of their excavations, as the director of CEPOAT is now the director of the excavation of the site.

The archeology course we offer is a comprehensive training course in fundamentals such as stratigraphy, GIS, photogrammetry, CAD, topography, field drawing, materials inventory, etc ..

The program developed is as follows:

1. Introduction to archeology.

1. Concept, limits and meaning of archeology.
2. Archaeology and sources: written and materials.
3. Methods and techniques: the exploration, excavation and dating methods.


2. Methods and techniques of archaeological excavation.

1. The formation of the archaeological record: General deposition processes.
2. The concept of strata and training: relative dating. Terms ante quem and post quem. The concept of stratigraphic unit. Stratigraphic relationships between units. The matrix Harris.
3.The system open area excavation and its application in different situations.
4.The data record. The daily and stratigraphic records. The field drawing and photography in the excavation.
5.La manual collection of objects. Artifacts and registration. The recovery of small remains: screening and flotation. The first preservation of the remains in the field.


3. The archaeological field drawing.

1. Introduction to archaeological field drawing: registration.
2. Main instruments and materials of archaeological field drawing.
3. Techniques for making the flatness of the site: the perpendicular to the reference axis, triangulation, cross drawing, elevations and walls.
4. The flatness: scale and landmarks.
5. The use of new technologies for the drawing: photogrammetry.
6. The Kite aerial photography (KAP).


4. The layout of the site: basic principles of surveying, leveling and total station.

1. The layout of the site: basic principles.
2. Basic Principles of surveying and leveling.
3. How to install a level and take dimensions.
4. The use of the total station.


5. The recording of archaeological remains: materials inventory.

1.The archaeological inventory: method and phases.
2.Propiedades physical and technology of archaeological materials.
3.Description physics, use and functionality of the archaeological material.
4.The record of archaeological materials: inventory. Cleaning, sorting, and siglado. Tables and databases.

6. Ceramics: Roman pottery.

1.La Republican Roman pottery
2.La imperial Roman pottery
3.La late Roman pottery: main productions.


7. The technical drawing of archaeological materials.

1.The technical drawing of archaeological materials: basic principles.
2. Materials needed for technical drawing of archaeological materials.
3.Fases technical drawing: outline, details, profile and section.
4.Escala, frame and shadow drawing artifacts.
5.The technical drawing of pottery pieces.
6.The digital drawing of archaeological materials.


8. Computer Management archaeological record: drafsigth, inkscape, gimp, databases, etc.

1. Vector Drawing with Draftsight and Inkscape.
2. Photo retouching with Gimp.
3. Databases with Libre Office.

9. SIG. Applications to the archeology of the area.

1. Basic concepts of cartography.
2. Using QGIS.
3. Georeferencing of raster data.
4. Generation of Digital Terrain Models.
5. The interpolation of vector data.

10. Preventive conservation and restoration of sites.

1. Buried and exhumed objects. The conservation of movable and immovable property.
2. Getting care of the objects found in the intervention. The figure of the restored-conservative archaeological excavation equipment.
3. Preventive conservation of archaeological remains: bindings and coating remains.
4. The restoration of the deposits: intervention criteria. Methods and techniques.


11. Presentation of results: writing memoirs, interpretation and publications.

1. The development of the report of archaeological excavation.
2. The presentation of the results: Final Report.
3. Content of Memory: results, performance, floor plans, records of stratigraphic units, photographic repertoire, materials inventory, etc.
4. Publication of the results: social obligation
5. How to prepare press releases, scientific articles and conferences.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

In the morning in site and in the afternoon in laboratory

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site is nearly of home.

How is the project area accessed each day

We go to the site in Car, the car of professors

What is the daily schedule for the field school

work fron monday to saturday an sunday to trip

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

Certified by University of Murcia

Directors and Instructors

Director: Dr. Rafael González Fernández
Archaeology instructor: José Antonio Zapata, Francisco Matallana, José Javier Martínez, Celso Sánchez

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Practices of Archaeological Stratigraphy

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

During the excavation we will visit some places and nearby sites directly related to Villaricos and its surroundings.
– The castle of La Puebla.
– Fuente Caputa.

Will there be additional organized activities?

yes, and use our plataform to elearning on line

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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José Javier Martínez García
C/ actor isidoro maiquez, 9 Murcia - Spain
tlf: 0034868883890

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