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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Civil War Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-30
End Date 2016-08-31

Archaeology Field School Location

Madrid, Spain

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research/UCLA

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

All room and Board is included in the tuition cost of this field school. Please see the accommodations section of this field school posting on our website for more information.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

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

Archaeology Field School Description

In this field school students have the opportunity to participate in the historical and ongoing "Battle for Madrid” research study. This is part of a long-term project examining the archaeology of conflict in Spain, covering the civil war (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). The project aims to understand the social experience of institutional and non-institutional violence and political repression using material culture as its main source. The project, which started in 2006, has examined a variety of war and postwar scenarios, from battlefields to social housing. The Spanish Civil War is the perfect place to understand modern mass violence through its archaeological signatures. The 2016 season intends to deploy a variety of state-of-the-art archaeological techniques to document and analyze the remains of the war and postwar period in and around Madrid. This project excavates literally and metaphorically the myths of the Spanish Civil War that captured the worlds imagination and those of the dictatorship that followed.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Field School Setting/Conditions

Archaeological field work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in
the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town. This program
operates in central Spain, which is under continental, rather than Mediterranean, climatic conditions.
This means that temperatures under the shadow during July and August oscillate between 80-1100
F. Humidity is very low (15% or less). Regular rehydration is extremely important, as well as good cover
from the sun, including wide brim hat and high-protection sunscreen (over 30). You will not be allowed
to work in shorts, tank tops or sandals at the site. The use of boots is compulsory.
If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. For all other concerns, please
consult with the project director – as appropriate.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

On successful completion of the field school, students will be able to:
? Understand the different elements of an archaeological field project and the relationships between
these elements.
? Understand the specificities of historical and contemporary archaeology and the particular ethic and
political problems that they encounter.
? Apply standard excavation and survey methods to archaeological contexts, including intensive,
systematic survey, geophysical survey, open area excavation and stratigraphic sondages.
? Use standard recording techniques to document excavation results.
? Undertake preliminary processing of archaeological artifacts.
? Have a good command of the material culture of the late 19th
and 20th centuries and obtain historical
information from it.
? Undertake preliminary analysis of archaeological artifacts.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

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Institute for Field Research office address:
2999 Overland Ave. #103, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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